With a couple of days to go til the deadline for writers, the articles for my new magazine PEP! (Politics, Entertainment and Pthings) have started coming in, so I thought I’d give you a rundown of what I know for certain will be in there.
I’ll be writing linktext throughout, and I’ll be doing a comics piece and a music piece, but I’ll write these after everything else is in place, to try to provide a throughline for the magazine.
Incidentally, if anyone has any visual art they’d like to submit (Prankster, I know you do comics – fancy doing a one-page strip or something?) I’d be very grateful…
Be Extreme by Gavin Robinson (an argument for extremism)
‘something about liberalism’ by Alex Wilcock
Sick With The Fear by Bill Ritchie (about how pervasive cultural messages cause anxiety)
The Function Of The Filth by David Allison (“A sort of Ultimate Filth Essay, built around an almost feminist critique of Morrison’s use of pornography and biology as metaphors for ‘persistant, nagging soul-ache’. “)
The Prismatic Age by Duncan Falconer (previously published at Mindless Ones)
‘Something About The Avengers’ by Bill Ritchie
‘Possibly Something About The Avengers’ by Alex Wilcock
‘A Fractal History Of The Origins Of The Time War’ by Millennium’s Daddy Richard (not sure if he’s wanting this under his own name or as Millennium yet)
Pure Pop For Then People by myself – an article on the LA Powerpop music of the last decade or so
Scott Walker Is God by Sean Witzke
We’re Ugly But We Have The Music by Holly Matthies
No Joy In Stretford by Holly Matthies
Incidentally, I’m well aware that the list of contributors is heavily skewed towards men, and this is something I want to fix in future issues. Unfortunately, I did ask a few of my favourite female writers to contribute, but other than Holly they either didn’t reply or have too much else on to get anything done for this issue. Some have expressed an interest in writing for future issues though.
The magazine will run to about sixty pages – more than I’d anticipated, but I’ve just got so much good stuff to go into it it’s unbelievable – which means that the paper copy would normally cost about a frankly excessive $12 US. However, the POD site it’ll be done through is having a discount this month, so if you buy it between Xmas day (when it goes on sale) and Jan 1st, you’ll get it for a more reasonable $8 (prices will vary depending on page count).
We’ll be making it free as a pdf shortly afterwards, and we’ll be making little or no money from the actual magazine (I’m expecting one cent US per page of text per copy sold to be what gets to the writers, if anything ever does) but it’ll be a nice item to have, so if you can afford it, buy a copy…