Quail Bell is a print 'zine and online magazine of real and unreal stories. Run by editor Christine Stoddard and art director Kristen Rebelo, Quail Bell features creative and journalistic submissions from all over the world. Previously Quail Bell has been featured in Time Out New York, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Community Access Television, Ravishly.com, and elsewhere. Quail Bell's 'zines, books, prints, documentaries, and related projects have been tabled and screened at the Brooklyn 'Zine Festival, the Philly Feminist 'Zine Festival, the D.C. 'Zine Festival, the Richmond 'Zine Festival, the Baltimore DIY Fest, the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, etc. Quail Bell 'zines have been carried by St. Mark's Bookshop, Bluestockings Books & Activist Center, and Chop Suey Books, among others. Quail Bell's first books—The Nest: An Anthology of The Unreal and Airborne: An Anthology of The Real—were released by Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, in 2014. Available on BarnesAndNoble.com and Amazon.com, the books are distributed by Ingram and also available in select brick and mortar stores. The books' cover art by Kristen Rebelo won a "distinguished merit" award in 3x3 Magazine's International Picture Book Show that same year.
Christine Stoddard was honored as one of Style Weekly's 2011 "Top 40 Under 40" in Richmond, Virginia for founding the magazine as a college blog. Many of Quail Bell's earliest contributors were Christine's friends and classmates at Virginia Commonwealth University, which houses one of the top art schools in the country, as well as respected creative writing and journalism programs. One such early contributor was Josephine Stone, who was struck and killed by a valet driver in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Her portrait, drawn by Kristen Rebelo, now hangs in Penny Lane Pub. Other early Quail Bell contributors included artists and writers who discovered the magazine via Craigslist, Duotrope, and other sources.