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Last week the Issuu staff were kind enough to add our 4th issue to their Staff Favorites Stack! This is a really big deal to us because essentially this means a massive amount of people have now been able to find the magazine for the first time, and read the new issue. With in just a week about 200,000 people have discovered and read the new issue!
Are you printing the magazine?
This a very great question, that we’re still somewhat on the fence about. At the moment it is very unclear what were going to do about printing current and future issues, and we hope to have more information about it some time next year. But for now I can offer you the following information:
First off, because of the over all cost of printing the magazine and the cost of shipping copies individually, it’s incredibly hard for us to print the magazine. It’s also very difficult for to get together a large sum of money to pay for printing an entire run of a single issue without knowing how many copies we will actually sell and without pre-orders. FORGE. is also almost entirely run by two people, which makes it very hard for us to manage shipping each copy as efficiently as we would like to.
FORGE. will be relocating to New York City this August (which we are quite excited about) and that is going to greatly impact the way the magazine operates in print. For one, if we decide to print more issues, we’re going to have to find a new printer and switch from the local one we have been using in the past. On the other hand, this also means we may have the opportunity to find more stores that would be willing to sell the magazine, which would encourage us to print more issues!
Over the course of the next few months, as we work on our 5th issue and get ready to move, we plan on setting up a fully functional online store where you can order physical issues (that we’ve already printed) and other FORGE. merch!
So what are the themes coming up?
The theme for the next issue will be TRANSITION, and we’re currently accepting submissions for it. We generally don’t determine or announce the theme for new issues until the preceding issue is out.
We’ve decided that the theme for Issue 5 will be TRANSITION. Submissions for Issue 5 will be accepted from today until August 1st. Everyone has two months to create and submit photographs, illustrations, etc… Make sure your submission relates to the theme, and follows the guidelines on our submission page. Issue 5 will be released in the first week of September, the same day submitting to Issue 6 will begin.
If you’ve already sent us work, feel free to resend it, or send in work that you feel more closely relates to the theme. Remember, we’d prefer if the work was produced specifically for the issue, but if you do have older work that you feel relates to TRANSITION it will still be considered.
We just finished editing Issue 4! Much like our last issue, we somehow ended up with an enormous 100 page magazine. Finishing this issue was quite an endeavor due to how busy we’ve been since the Brooklyn Zine Fest and with school ending for the year, but because of all of the amazing artists who contributed to this issue we were super persistent with getting it done as soon as possible. Despite the slight delay, we’re really happy with how it all turned out, and we really enjoyed doing all of the interviews and collecting all of the submissions for it. We hope that you can enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed making it!
Issue 4: SENTIMENTAL includes submissions by Emanuel Couloumy, Kimberly Salt, Joëlle de Vries, Jason Lambidis, Alice Antoinette Lena Klyukina, Justine Kistler, Hana Haley, Anna Urik, Eddie Perrote, Samantha Blumenfeld, Shreya Gupta, Jess & Beyon, Andriana Nikolaidou, and Emilie Gleason. Issue 4 also includes interviews with Ryan McCardle, Grant Singer, Richard Kern, and Ray Masaki!
Here’s a little bonus video we filmed back in November of Scott C. drawing!
This past week, as we’ve been frantically editing together Issue 4, we hired our first intern, Justine! We first met Justine after she submitted a piece a couple of months ago for the new issue, when we realized that she lived really close by and had a bunch of mutual friends. On top of being a really talented illustrator, Justine is super kind and expressed to us that she was eager to help us out with the magazine! As our intern, Justine is going to be in charge of running our social media outlets (although we’ll still be the ones posting on this main site) and she’ll be able to address any questions or concerns you may have when contacting us through Facebook or Twitter.
Sorry it’s taking us a little bit longer to get this new issue out, but we’ve been incredibly busy since our trip to New York in April with school ending in the next few weeks.
Here’s a bonus video we made as a part of our interview with Scott C, where he gives us a tour of his apartment and shows off a few of the books and artists that inspire him. This video also includes music by Candy Claws.
FORGE. Staff portrait (Matthew on the left, Will on the Right) taken by Skelly Scribbles at this years Brooklyn Zine Fest.
Few artists take as much pride in having their work referred to as being “naive” or “innocent” as Scott Campbell. In the decade and a half that Scott has been illustrating professionally, he has worked to capture the excitement and joy of drawing like a child. Scott C.’s ability to tug at viewers heart strings and create art through the rose tinted lenses of youth is unparalleled by many of his contemporaries. Although Scott has made several huge achievements in illustration, from his work as art director of Double Fine (an independent game company started by Tim Shafer in San Francisco in 2000) to his illustrated books Amazing Everything and Zombie in Love, Scott is probably best known for his enormous collection of work, Great Showdowns. Great Showdowns perfectly joins together Scott’s love of cult films and his endearing water color illustration style to create a huge film scavenger hunt to be viewed both in a gallery setting (at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988) and as a book at home.
FORGE. visited Scott last year to film this interview and he was just as warm and welcoming as his work would suggest. Once I arrived at his apartment in Alphabet City Manhattan, he offered me some water in a custom Double Fine cup, and showed me all of his friend’s art that was hanging up on the walls. During the interview Scott talked about his move from San Francisco to New York, what he learned working at Double Fine, and how he chooses films to paint for Great Showdowns.
You can read the entire interview in Issue 3 of FORGE. magazine, out now!