* The first issue of Coilhouse Magazine is finally in print. Mine arrived in the mail yesterday and I went into a fugue state just gazing at all the gorgeously strange photographs. It's a pleasure to find articles with such strong emphasis on visual arts and music that are actually well written, with smarts, passion, and humor. Coilhouse explores a rich and varied range of artistic interests: check out their blog for a sense of what they're about. In their own words: "a collection of articles, interviews, rants, musings & imagery showcasing the planet's bravest explorers of Ye Olde Future." It's all over the place in terms of genre/media, but with a strong aesthetic and philosophical sensibility running through it: everything you find in Coilhouse feels like it truly belongs there, even if it doesn't belong anywhere else. I love the stuff they're into, so if you do too, I highly recommend the magazine.
* The Non-Adventures of Wonderella are collected in a book, available for pre-order! I've raved about this webcomic before and now I can rave about it in non-virtual format. It is brilliant and funny as hell. If you order The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Volume 1: Everybody Ever Forever directly from the Wonderella website, the author (Justin Pierce) will sign your book, and possibly even doodle in it for you. The site says "Pre-order by September 1st to save"-- I'm not quite clear on what you'll save; perhaps the world? Maybe not, but do you really want to take that chance?
"COILHOUSE is a love letter to alternative culture, written in an era when alternative culture no longer exists. And because it no longer exists, we take from yesterday and tomorrow, from the mainstream and from the underground, to construct our own version. We cover art, fashion, technology, music and film to create an alternative culture that we would like to live in, as opposed to the one that’s being sold or handed down to us. The result, in the form of articles, features and interviews, is laid out on our blog and in our print magazine for all to see. If our Utopia is your Utopia, then welcome! Anyone can contribute, and we encourage you to go to our submission page and get in touch.
Here, you will find an assemblage of the visual, cerebral, amusing, challenging and, above all, the ever-evolving."
It looks smart and gorgeous, and with Meredith Yayanos, Nadya Lev, and Zoetica Ebb running things, that's a love letter I'll want to read.