Featured on the Newsstand
A selection of titles currently available on the shelves. Come see what's new!
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Wrap Magazine is an art and illustration publication with a cool difference. Full of long interviews with interesting, young and international artists and illustrators, and beautifully printed, it also includes five different inserted sheets of fine wrapping paper that are specially designed prints by the artists interviewed. The team behind the magazine also run an online shop for paper goods - journals, cards, etc. - and this is the first new issue of Wrap in a few years. It has been eagerly anticipated! Artists hail from places as varied as Morocco, Spain, Argentina, Berlin and South London, but they are all talented, young and driven to create. This would be a fine gift for an art student or collector, or for yourself! Issue 12, occasional, UK, $22.00
Peddler is a new bi-annual food journal by author Hetty McKinnon, who has previously published two ‘multicultural, vegetarian salad’ cookbooks. Each contributor within the pages of this journal weaves a story of food and family, and the recipe that ties them together. Then we get a modern, vegetarian version of that recipe. Hetty, her contributors, and their meals are from many different cultures, and the recipes reflect that wonderful mixture of flavors and experiences. Small and delicate, but packed with content, this journal takes us to that place we all have in our memory of family meals, smells and tastes, that are so powerful. For those who remember Remedy Quarterly fondly, and those who love a good story, and the meal that goes with it. Bi-Annual, US, $20.00
DG is a quarterly news journal for folks seeking an alternative to the fake news/social media/24 hour news cycle we seem to be trapped in. The folks at DG use hindsight and reportage to track down a bunch of stories that mattered, and compile them into an awesome publication every three months. For each quarterly issue, they look at a few important stories from across our world, giving them some depth and perspective. With interviews, timelines, photography and amazingly colorful, entertaining and readable infographics, they show us our world with insight. One of my favorite publications, I consider it the best in modern independent publishing. Get hooked. Quarterly, UK, $20.00
Expand your Mind, Refine your Wardrobe
Are YOU Chap? This publication is so cool! A small indie out of the UK, it celebrates those who appreciate the timeless, classic qualities of a fine linen three-piece suit, moustache wax, and tweed. If you tend toward trousers and fedoras, always hold the door for a lady, and wouldn’t consider wearing plimsolls except on the tennis court or cricket field, you are, most definitely, Chap. Each issue is filled with gents (and ladies) who are chap: interviews with well-known chaps, a section on the sartorial (what to wear, and how to wear it), and essays on the people and places that comprise the history of classic British panache. This publication is thoroughly entertaining. A rare find on this side of the Pond, yet fits quite nicely into our quirky Portland style. Don’t miss it! Quarterly, UK, $12.50
Wild Sounds from Past Dimensions
Ugly Things is one of those obscure niche titles that exist in the world of magazines, and one of the great examples of how there really is a magazine for every taste. A music magazine for those that love the obscure, the lost and the forgotten, Ugly Things packs its 150-ish zine-like pages with the stories behind, and long interviews with, those musicians that have had a brief moment in the spotlight, and then moved on. Published since the early 80’s, it mostly covers the early decades of rock - garage, psychedelic, punk, surf, what-have-you - and mostly hunts down the rare, unknown, local or short-lived bands no one else covers. Pages and pages of album reviews, and ads for what seems like every small record store and music label in the country, complete the package, making this the perfect read for anyone who loves to hunt down forgotten gems. Tri-Annual (3x a year), US, $9.95
On the newsstand
A Modern Sense of Place
Each theme-driven issue of The Common explores the culture of place in our modern times. This compact journal is filled with stories and essays, a bit of art, and a smattering of poetry. Often in translation, they take place in the curious, unusual or interesting places of our world, revealing the nuances found there, and what makes our world the diverse, complex and exhilarating riot of cultures it is. Published out of Amherst College twice a year, in a tactile and mesmerizing package, I await the next issue eagerly. Issue 17, Arabic Stories from Syria, Bi-Annual, $14.00
Celebrating Cinema from A - Z
Shelf Heroes is a film publication like no other. The idea behind it is simple - for each letter of the alphabet, pick a film, watch it, and create something. Contributors are artists, illustrators and writers, and they are by no means film critics - nor is this a critical look at film. Pages are covered in graphic illustration, handwritten words, artwork, comic strips, whatever the creator came up with, and the films chosen are high art, lowbrow and everything in between. Great fun, packed with creativity and well, a bit crazy, this is definitely something you have to see to believe. Occasional, Issue H, UK, $16.00
Stories / Art / Ideas
Food + Place
Kitchen Table is a new food publication based right here in Portland! The focus is squarely on the culture and comfort that food brings to us, wherever we, or it, originated. This first issue is filled with a collection of interesting and quirky essays that often stick close to home - ie, Portland - and range from a review of fish sauces, ala Lucky Peach, to an interview with the guy that creates the chalkboard art at a favorite brewpub, to an interview with the celebrated chef and restaurateur Cory Schreiber. Secreted alongside these features you will find a foodie’s radical view that our country’s ‘melting pot’ of cultures is the basis for our comfort food - warm, delicious, familiar...and often appropriated. With it’s small size, colorful insides and chock full of great illustrations, this is a great new addition to the void left when Lucky Peach ceased. A must-have for any food mag fan! To be published 3x annually. Issue 1, Spring 2019, $9.99
For Creative Kids & Their Grownups
Stories, Comics, DIY
If you are the parent of, or shop for, creative, artsy, clever kids, you need this magazine! Lovingly done out of Oakland CA, every page is full to the brim of art, stories, comics, interviews and things to do for youngsters, or the young at heart. Aimed at the 6+ set, issues feature stories such as the quick history of something cool (think street lights or vermillion), interviews with authors and artists of kids books, brief bios of famous painters, a series called Literary Giants, book and music recommendations, and tons of activities - all fully, colorfully, wonderfully illustrated, of course! Published 3x annually, and completely ad-free, this is part of the wave of great indie mags being published these days for kids. Take a peek! 3x annually, US, $16.00
Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World
Far Ride is a gorgeous, photo-heavy publication that takes us on cycling trips far and wide. Published from Seoul, Korea, with hefty, art-quality paper and an elegant layout, this one simply feels different. Trips could be on the back roads of Korea, across the open plains of East Asia, or into the unknown lands of Africa. Photo essays, long personal stories, and interviews with riders and dreamers keep us absorbed and intrigued from front cover to the final page. Small print runs and self-distribution make this one rare, so grab it while you can. Tri-Annual, South Korea, $23.00