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Issue 1

Afterzine is a bi-annual arts and culture zine, curated by Hamish Robertson, featuring a collection of invited works upon dictated themes.


#1: Negative Space

Published: August 2010 | Editions: 1,000 copies. Details: Paperback zine; 112 pages; perfect bound; printed bi-annually. Offset printed in the USA. ISSN: 2156-5589

Features contributions from Erika Altosaar, Nico Antonelli, Jenni Avins, Eric Balliantz, Noma Bar, Nicholas Bentham, William Brown, Jr., Alexa Chung, Kate Cox, Tavi Gevinson, Christy Harrison, Laura Havlin, Lizz Hickey, Paige Maguire, Shannon Maldonado, Lucy Martin, Hannah & Landon Metz, Thurston Moore, Jessica Pigza, George Pringle, George Prochnik, Mindy Ramaker, Hamish Robertson, Jon Schuller, Andi Teran, Henry David Thoreau, Peter Saville, Evan Scott, Joshua Siegel, Bobby Solomon, Megan Stewart, and Joseph Sullivan.

Interpretations: Negative Space As these pages are an exercise in overcoming my own tendency to overthink projects, I knew the first issue's theme should not fall victim to that propensity. Hence, I chose to mirror the first assignment I was presented with as a student at Leeds College of Art, England, in 1998: Interpret "negative space."

Featured Study: Book covers, character, and spines As numerous books and blogs showcase classic or beautiful book covers, Issue One's featured study focuses on the much overlooked art of the book spine.

I invited Joseph Sullivan of the Book Design Review to comment on spine design, Jessica Pigza of the New York Public Library to select ten interesting spines from the library's permanent collection, and myself and British recording artist George Pringle to select our own favorites.

I also invited six style bloggers to create a look based on their favorite book, book character, or book cover. The results adorn the three bookmarks accompanying this issue.

Style: Cover Me Style bloggers Erika Altosaar, Nico Antonelli, Tavi Gevinson, Hannah and Landon Metz, and Megan Stewart were invited to create a look based on their favorite book, book character, or book cover. Printed over three double-sided bookmarks and inserted at random, one is included with each copy of Afterzine.

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