cover designed by Fletcher/Forbes/Gill

Someone ran up to Ms. Keough in the street and said, "Here, you'll love this..." and handed her this amazing 1965 issue of the Swiss design magazine, Graphis (It became an American magazine in 1986). I promptly stole it from her.

This issue is an amazing time capsule of design - when conceptual thought was king, creating 'art' was a major motivation in commercial work and illustration was prevalent. Even in black and white, the work depicted is striking and colorful. Wow.

a LOT of images after the jump...

Continue Reading PF Collection: Graphis 119, 1965

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11/06/08

07FitzenW1.JPGThursday, November 6: Bruce of Los Angeles show at Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art in DUMBO. Amazing 1950s beefcake photography from a Nebraskan chemistry teacher turned pin up photographer. There is also a limited edition book and DVD which includes digitally restored versions of Bruce's rare films. November 6 - December 20 with opening party on Thurs. 111 Front St. Ste. 200. 6-8pm.

Our friend DrunknSailor has organized a reading at Capricious Space tonight called "The Way Out is the Way In." 103 Broadway in Brooklyn. 7:30pm.

Tiny Vices - TV Books exhibition and catalog viewing at the Hope Gallery in LA. Hosted by Tim Barber, RVCA and the Hope Gallery. 1547 Echo Park Ave., LA, 6-9pm.

Saturday, November 8: I wish I could be in SF for this show, so if you are, go to it for me. AUTOPORTRAIT: from the Reconsidered Archive of Michelle du Bois, a solo show by Zoe Crosher at Eleanor Harwood gallery. 1295 Alabama Street, SF. 7-10pm.

Hexedjournal.com and WORD presents the second installment of Vol. 1, a unique event that pairs live music with readings. The readers include Jesse Sposato, co-editor of Sadie Magazine and Zachary Lipez. At Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn. 8pm-2am.

I have two equally powerful aspects to my personality: the helpful optimist and the pissed-off cynic. As an artist I want to make the world less ugly, express what is in my heart, and what needs to be said. Making a living is the secondary motivation for working in the arts. Art is primarily about learning and discovery - the final product isn't the most important thing.

I can't really divide my thoughts on art, and my thoughts on the workings of the world, so bear with me. When I look around at how fucked up the world is, I want to do what I can to make the world a better place, and what that first means is to be true to myself and actually do what I believe. 'Making a living' can never supersede the reasons for making art. When I look at a magazine, for instance, what I love to see is an honest passion for the subject presented - not an excuse to sell advertising. Also, as you can see, I consider making magazines an art form - and if the creators of a magazine don't think of it as an art form and just a job they do - it really shows in the magazine. I am not interested in a world that just does its job - not interested in just surviving. Life has to mean more than that.

Recently, the relaunch of Interview really depressed me, because it accurately express the state of the arts - which is crass, unimaginative, formulaic, devoid of inquisitiveness, and most importantly-completely dishonest. I definitely think this sad state of the arts is directly correlated to the selfish state of our country, which is obsessed with celebrity and spectacle more than with issues, where people care more about buying things than with helping people. It makes me angry, it makes me frustrated and it makes me want to give up.

But.

I don't even know how to describe what I felt last night. The lack of empathy, the selfishness, the hatred, ignorance and greed that I see and feel has made me angry, has made me hopeless - but when I heard them announce Obama winner, it smacked my cynicism away like a red-headed stepchild. I could not stop crying. Reason, judgement and compassion has triumphed over hatred and greed. It is the most monumental example of this in my lifetime so far.

So all you zinesters, discount fashionistas, ranters, photographers, drawers and shit-talkers: None of us has any excuses. Keep doing what you believe. Don't give up. All things are possible. Make it happen.

Our culture is far too immersed in living beyond its means and constructing an overly elaborate, unregulated credit based economy - so what's going down is no surprise, if you ask me. Duh.

Lame magazines are in trouble. What large media corporations need to do to continue making money is to cease making these bloated, crass and outdated wastes of paper and invest in small press while leaving them somewhat creatively autonomous. The model of creatively focused print is definitely the future. low overhead, inventive design, passionate creatives and intelligently narrowed advertising is the ONLY way print will survive. The movie industry and the record industry both invest in independent work and companies, when will print follow suit?

Condé Nast Cuts Focus on 2 Magazines

Empty Nast Syndrome: Condé Nast Cutting Five Percent of All Magazine Staffs; Future of Men's Vogue In Doubt

These people do not look at magazines, they award magazines where their friends work... Do they ever visit a magazine stand in Manhattan? ASME 2008 Best Magazine Cover Winners and Finalists.

Flickr Finds: THE COOLVILLE KID'S LIBRARY

Mr. Mcginnis and I took a stroll through this year's NY Art Book Fair on Sunday (I just went back to read last year's coverage and noted that my first sentence here is the same as last year's. heh!) It was fun and overwhelming and a million degrees inside Philips de Pury, the auction house who hosted the event. I miss the big open space of last year's venue. Sadly, since we went on the last day of the fair, we missed seeing the whole queer zines exhibition. It'd been partially dismantled to make room for an auction. I'm looking forward to spending some time with their book so more on that later. Thank you everyone for talking to us and giving us such cool stuff! I took a few photos before experiencing camera issues...

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Booklyn joined forces with Evil Twin and set up in this nice corner.

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The RAM Publications table.

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Jonathan Monk's The Reason Why I am Here is Why I am Here at the Presentation House Gallery table. You know I took this just because it features a Morrissey Record!

Continue Reading NY Art Book Fair

Review of Fantastic Man: Compared to Fantastic Man, all other magazines are coarse and common. That is all.

Please feel free to spend your money. But here are some cute, stylish options for those who like to make their own zines and therefore may be crafty.

Wire Hanger Rack at lifehacker

Pegboard Wall Unit at Design*Sponge

Marimba Magazine Rack made from drumsticks at Replayground

Thursday October 23: There are two art book fairs this weekend, Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair and the Arlis/NY Contemporary Artists' Books Conference. Today, I'm heading up to MoMA for a talk at the latter. The talk is Multiple Ideas: Artists' Periodicals as Site for Collaboration and Distribution of Ideas and includes artist/North Drive Press creator Matt Keegan and Emily Roydson from LTTR. See their full schedule here. Both book fairs go all weekend so look at their sites and go to stuff. We'll be wandering around taking pictures and wanting to buy everything.

Also tonight is the NY Art Book Fair preview gala and their after party doubles as a Butt Magazine event at my old neighborhood bar, The Boiler Room. First 50 guests get the new Butt for free. Yay!

Saturday October 25: Release party for Habitus: A Diaspora Journal's New Orleans issue at Gowanus Studio Space. 119 8th Street, Brooklyn, 8pm-12am.

Sunday October 26: Magazine-we-love Girls Like Us is having a party for their new issue at Trophy Bar in Williamsburg. 351 Broadway. 5pm-10pm.

likes.jpgLikes/Dislikes
by Lacey Prpic-Hedtke
25 pages, 2.25 x 11", b/w photocopy inside, notebook cover
$2

I love making lists. On this laptop I have lists of novel titles, places I've lived, teen movie plot ideas, items that I've gotten in my eye and many many more. It's calming and entertaining to organize information in this fashion. In the same vein, I think, list zines are immensely satisfying. You can sort of read between the lines of words, the bits of information and put together a picture of a whole person. I picked up Likes/Dislikes at Printed Matter and sat down with a friend to read it. We didn't flip to the back for a bio until we'd had a chance to get to know our mystery list-maker. We hypothesize that Lacey Prpic-Hedtke, the writer, is fun (Likes: Laughing Uncontrollably; Riding my bike and singing), romantic (Likes: Those always ready for adventure; Patsy Cline; Men who write love letters), sexy, a good dancer, crafty, a reader, an artist, a teenager (dislikes: When people stare at me for no reason; When people tell me I'm not what I say I am), a punk, a cook, and so on. This zine is lively and entertaining and gives you the sort of thrill you might get from looking through someone else's notebook.

Both Likes/Dislikes and Likes/Dislikes 2 are available at Printed Matter or you can check Lacey's myspace page for a list of distros. She also has an etsy store.

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10/17/08

Kenn Duncan, the principal photographer at one of our favorite magazines, After Dark, is having a retrospective of his celebrity and performance photography at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through October 25th.

Flickr Finds: Jovike's awesome record cover collection.



Showpaper
is having open submissions for its huge covers which usually features bold, colorful illustrations. The deadline is this Sunday (sorry for the lateness), but they'll be doing this at least 4 times a year. The paper is free in the New York area, so this is a great oppurtunity to get your stuff seen.



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