Collector's edition with a foil hologram! April 4, 2011 11:00 AM   Subscribe

MeFi Mag #1, hot off the presses! MagCloud page here.

The digital version is free, the printed version goes just a bit under $5 (at cost). For 24 whole pages!

Much, much thanks to everyone who worked on the first issue. Submissions for second issue are open!

Snazzy website TK. We'll be filling it out with piping hot content, and may use it for the longest pieces in the future.

Remember to get yours signed the next time you see Brandon Blatcher.
posted by klangklangston to MetaFilter-Related at 11:00 AM (141 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

It looks fantastic - what a great idea! I can't wait to read it.
posted by amicamentis at 11:05 AM on April 4, 2011


This is relevant to my interests and I would like to subscribe to your news-- oh wait.
posted by sarahnade at 11:06 AM on April 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Flicking through it now. It's pretty ace. Nice one!
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 11:08 AM on April 4, 2011


Holy shit, I downloaded the PDF and it looks like a real thing! The type, layout, and photos are all great. Now to sink into the stories...
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:08 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow. If only there was a web-based discussion group as well.
posted by GuyZero at 11:09 AM on April 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


I want to interview The Whelk for the next issue. I'm only allowed to ask questions by Anonymous from AskMe, and he's only allowed to respond by reading fortunes from fortune cookies.
posted by jph at 11:15 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Remember to get yours signed the next time you see Brandon Blatcher.

Thanks, but you and the copy editors worked real hard too. It was a fabulous team effort and no one got permanently damaged.

Website being worked on, thanks to Mister Cheese, yaymukund and kirkaracha for helping out. Extra thanks to kirkaracha for donating a copy of ExpressionEngine and giving lots of tips on how to set it up and run it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:16 AM on April 4, 2011


Looks so good I got two.

Somebody hire klangklangston to make magazines all the time please. Okay. Thanks. Bye!
posted by carsonb at 11:19 AM on April 4, 2011


Thanks for making it free to members.

Is there any way it could have been distributed to members without making them sign up
for MagCloud, and read another terms of use agreement, and create another secret
question with a secret damn answer?

I'll admit that it wasn't all that obtrusive, but it wasn't as discrete as I would have liked,
either, and I've already done it, and I'm champing at the bit for the Zardoz article.
posted by the Real Dan at 11:23 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, big thanks to limeonaire for providing a lot of excellent advice on setting things up, keeping contact and general workflow tips.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:24 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


This really looks fantastic.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:27 AM on April 4, 2011


"Is there any way it could have been distributed to members without making them sign up
for MagCloud, and read another terms of use agreement, and create another secret
question with a secret damn answer?
"

In the future, it should be available on the website too.
posted by klangklangston at 11:29 AM on April 4, 2011


Also, any print or web designers out there who want to work on things, hit me up via MefiMail. Creative freedom is the damn of the game, since we can only pay you with distant love.

Print peeps need to be working in Indesign though, at least CS2. They'll do a page or spread and then pick back PDF and packaged files.

Web peeps, each issue can have custom CSS and I think we're trying to be able to do that for each story.

Whee!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:32 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just went back to re-read the original thread where this idea was proposed. On March 6th, 2011. Less than a month from "how about this idea?" to actual printed materials going out the door. That's incredible. Nice work, everybody!

Hmm, I could write an article about what the Infodump is, geared towards people who don't know anything about databases. That would be useful in the event the magazine is getting too interesting and needs to be dulled down a little.
posted by FishBike at 11:33 AM on April 4, 2011


Looks lovely! And given the state of my memory, it'll be a complete surprise when it arrives in a fortnight - go, go Royal Mail.
posted by jack_mo at 11:42 AM on April 4, 2011


I read metafilter for the articles.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:47 AM on April 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


This looks fantastic, I'm so impressed that this was produced in under a month.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:54 AM on April 4, 2011


Looks great!
posted by dhruva at 12:02 PM on April 4, 2011


This is great, I'm totally buying one.
What are the criteria for submission, is that documented anywhere?
posted by 8dot3 at 12:04 PM on April 4, 2011


Good job everyone!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:08 PM on April 4, 2011


Well done! Looking forward to the website.
posted by sveskemus at 12:10 PM on April 4, 2011


This is so slick. Great stuff!
posted by iamkimiam at 12:13 PM on April 4, 2011


I am impressed. (Translation: my jaw dropped so far it rolled under the desk.) Bravo and other cable channels!
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:14 PM on April 4, 2011


I love it when a plan comes together! This was fun and I'm so down to do it again... happy to help with editing duties as well next time, too, if extra eyeballs are needed.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 12:38 PM on April 4, 2011


Huzzah! Going to order mine now. I'm so glad this is going to be a recurring thing, as I didn't have a chance to contribute to the first one.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:42 PM on April 4, 2011


Can someone throw the pdf some place where I can grab it without signing up?
posted by special-k at 12:42 PM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can someone throw the pdf some place where I can grab it without signing up?

Seconded.
posted by odinsdream at 12:42 PM on April 4, 2011


I am looking forward to the future (ahem) articles: "The Men and Women of Mefi" centerfold
posted by govtdrone at 12:45 PM on April 4, 2011


Although I'm thinking about ordering one for reals. At lunch today I showed a friend (who is a recent mefi member) my Mefi ID card, to which she responded "WHAT! How long do I have to wait before I get my ID?!"
posted by odinsdream at 12:45 PM on April 4, 2011


Despite what Egon says, print is not dead. Nice job.
posted by starman at 12:51 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fantastic! Great in PDF but really looking forward to my hard copy. Thanks for all your high-paid work, folks.
posted by Hobgoblin at 12:51 PM on April 4, 2011


Just ordered the physical copy. Here's the digital copy hosted on my server. I'll be glad to remove it if there's some problem with this.
posted by odinsdream at 12:53 PM on April 4, 2011


Please do not host that on your server. We're currently talking about whether to host it separately.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:55 PM on April 4, 2011


No problem, it's removed.
posted by odinsdream at 1:01 PM on April 4, 2011


I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:03 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does TK mean "To Kome"?

Nice work everyone.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:06 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Crap, there's a small problem, where the margins are every so slightly screwed up, cutting off the edges on some pages. If ya'll could hold off on ordering, till we upload a fixed PDF this evening, that would be great.

If you've already ordered and can not cancel or get a refund, let me know, send your mailing details and I'll send out a corrected print copy to you.

My apologies.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:16 PM on April 4, 2011


You mean both the digital and the print, or just the print version? sorry, new to this magcloud thing.
posted by Think_Long at 1:21 PM on April 4, 2011


And if you're curious, it's only pages 10 and 18 where the edges are clipped.

As to hosting on a website, please let us do it on the website. Once clipping problem is fixed, I'll upload a PDF to the website and to mag cloud.

You mean both the digital and the print, or just the print version? sorry, new to this magcloud thing.

Not sure, but I'm betting both. The web version is definitely different from what was sent ad probably going to be used for print.

The corrected PDF should be up some time around 11 EST tonight (long day!).

Again, my apologies.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:26 PM on April 4, 2011


Great work!

Only request: Moar N00ds.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:30 PM on April 4, 2011


Does TK mean "To Kome"?

Yes, or possibly tokum.
posted by scody at 1:36 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is awesome and I hope it becomes a regular thing.
posted by RogerB at 1:38 PM on April 4, 2011


Please do not host that on your server. We're currently talking about whether to host it separately.
...
As to hosting on a website, please let us do it on the website

I'm curious: why discourage other people from serving the PDF?
posted by ericost at 1:41 PM on April 4, 2011


ericost: Because if someone reviews an outdated copy of the magazine, KlangKlang might flip out just like this chick did.
posted by 8dot3 at 1:45 PM on April 4, 2011


I'm curious: why discourage other people from serving the PDF?

To prevent confusion (hey I downloaded from this site, why can't I make a submission here or get other issues here), broken links later and we'd like to to be able to track how many are being downloaded, strictly form a curiosity standpoint.

Also note that the copy odinsdream made available had his name on the backcover, which may or may not be a problem.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:49 PM on April 4, 2011


Crap, there's a small problem...

This reminds me a whole lot of a caving newsletter that I did in the 90's, so I know pretty much exactly how much work you guys have put into this. I was gonna say "call me when you've gone to the offset printers to oversee the cover duotone, (over budget!!) printed address labels, sorted by zip code and dragged 1000 lbs of dead trees to the post office for bulk-mailing," but it looks like digital publishing just has a different set of pains when you're putting out an issue. It was tough on me to get them out every two months, usually typo-laden. Again, this is really impressive. Wish I could offer more than thanks at this point.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:54 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Neat. Congrats!
posted by zarq at 2:02 PM on April 4, 2011


So klang-- when's the next submission deadline? Is there going to be a theme for round two original entries? Has this been covered elsewhere?
posted by Think_Long at 2:03 PM on April 4, 2011


I think my copy was truncated. I didn't see the fold-in on the last page.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:08 PM on April 4, 2011


I think my copy was truncated. I didn't see the fold-in on the last page.

What do you mean?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:11 PM on April 4, 2011


It's a Mad magazine reference BB.
posted by Think_Long at 2:13 PM on April 4, 2011


Gonna print this out and leave copies in the woods.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:20 PM on April 4, 2011 [7 favorites]


I'll be working on more robust submission guidelines and talking with Brandon about a less improvised print schedule in order to make this a bit more sustainable.

Submissions are currently rolling — Brandon and I will be thinking about themes, etc. for future issues. We've got a couple already that are looking pretty sweet.

Some changes:

While I previously asked for stuff that was already published, that was for two reasons: First, so that we could get it quickly without having people say, "Oh, yeah, I meant to write something for that thing," (lower flake factor), and two, so that we didn't scotch any writers' ability to sell first rights.

That led to some confusion, in that people thought this was only for reprints. As you can see from the issue, original stuff is totally sweet. Some snuck in.

The other thing that I wanted to mention: Be aware that we run about 1000 words per page. That means we can accommodate about one 5000-6000 word piece per issue. While I tend to like to read things that are about 1000 words long at a stretch, we could always use smaller pieces to fill holes, particularly around 300 words. They'll run more on a space-available schedule (I'm just basically going to set up a hopper). Just make sure that those 300 words are tight like spanx!

Oh, wanted to mention too: Artwork! Not just photos! But drawings/paintings/etc. so long as we can get a digital image that's at least 300 dpi at 8x10 for the cover, and 4x5 inside.

All of it can still go to metamagfilter YOU KNOW WHAT GOES HERE gmail.com (it took about six seconds after posting the email address last time to get crazy spam).

As for nudity, there are no plans at the moment to include it, but I am probably one of the few MeFites that actually knows all of the USC 2257 requirements.
posted by klangklangston at 2:22 PM on April 4, 2011 [6 favorites]


What do you mean?

He means that drawing I made where at first it looks like a drawing of a map of Metafilter as a big happy village with the phrase "NORMALLY, PEOPLE LOVE THE MODERATORS" but then you fold it in on the dotted lines and it turns out to be a picture of a clenched fist and the word "NORMARATORS".
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:27 PM on April 4, 2011 [9 favorites]


cortex, you realize that this fold-in has to happen now.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:53 PM on April 4, 2011


He means that drawing I made where at first it looks like a drawing of a map of Metafilter as a big happy village with the phrase "NORMALLY, PEOPLE LOVE THE MODERATORS" but then you fold it in on the dotted lines and it turns out to be a picture of a clenched fist and the word "NORMARATORS".

*silently says a prayer for the next issue...*
posted by scody at 2:54 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


How do I send in content?

(didn't get the memo, apparently)
posted by Afroblanco at 2:57 PM on April 4, 2011


Magcloud also knocked out all the nifty links and bookmarks I put in the PDF. Everyone's name was linked to their profile, urls went to the web, there were links between jumps, the TOC was linked to appropriate pages.

WTF, nothing in their guidelines says they'll throw out that information. I wants my damn links back!

How do I send in content?

See here.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:03 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that's another bonus for us hosting the .pdf, though theirs is half the size. I'm kind of curious to see what it looks like on my girlfriend's tablet.
posted by klangklangston at 3:07 PM on April 4, 2011


I'm kind of curious to see what it looks like on my girlfriend's tablet.

I beg your pardon?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:11 PM on April 4, 2011 [6 favorites]


I hate to say this but I want the first edition, with the clipped edges. I just ordered it and I hope it comes with the mistake.

Just so I can sell this rare edition back to one of you suckers for like twice the cover price. In maybe ten years. After I've kept it in a mylar bag. And moved it from house to house, with all my other crap. Heh. You'll see.
posted by Toekneesan at 3:32 PM on April 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Perfect choice for a cover photo!
posted by woodblock100 at 3:36 PM on April 4, 2011


I totally had a first edition, with the clipped edges. In mint condition in a mylar bag. But my mom threw it out with my Gentleman GI Joe Grooming Kit and my Lego statue of Mao.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:41 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pagin' through -- it looks great. Nice job everyone. I can't wait to read it.
posted by safetyfork at 3:45 PM on April 4, 2011


Can someone who already has the pdf please share it via dropbox and memail me?
thanks!
posted by special-k at 3:47 PM on April 4, 2011


If you can wait an hour or so, it'll be up on the website, thanks.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:09 PM on April 4, 2011


If you're trying to cancel your Magcloud order, here's how, from tech support:
Hi Brandon,

For any orders already submitted, you (or your customers) will need to cancel via Order History (https://www.magcloud.com/account/Orders), but please note that only orders that haven't already been sent for printing can be cancelled. So typically you/they will need to do this as soon as possible after placing an order.
If that doesn't work, let me know.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:21 PM on April 4, 2011


I left a goofy comment and bailed the thread.

Forgot to mention that this is really cool. Good job all around.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:30 PM on April 4, 2011


The new PDF is uploaded, so everything should be jake.
posted by klangklangston at 4:47 PM on April 4, 2011


And for those looking for a PDF outside of Magcloud, here it is.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:54 PM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


*curls into fetal position, hugs bottle of wine*
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:55 PM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


This thing you have done. It is a fine thing. I once asked in a joking way if this place had a print edition. Now it does. That simply delights me. Thank you.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:06 PM on April 4, 2011


For any orders already submitted, you (or your customers) will need to cancel via Order History (https://www.magcloud.com/account/Orders), but please note that only orders that haven't already been sent for printing can be cancelled. So typically you/they will need to do this as soon as possible after placing an order.

There is nothing I see on that page (or the specific order page, or the item page) that allows one to cancel an order. HP MagCloud's customer service is very personable, and as far as I can tell totally incompetent. I'm emailing them back and forth for more specific instructions. Here's all they've offered me so far:

Unfortunately there is no (easy) way for us to replace the PDF associated with your order with a new one later, so unfortunately you will need to cancel/re-order.

No instructions on how to cancel (oh except for those vague and unworkable ones provided to Brandon) and an implicit admission that they *could* replace the PDF for me but, *sigh*, it's just too hard. Grr.
posted by carsonb at 5:11 PM on April 4, 2011


I will buy anyones clipped edition for $8 and I will pay for standard USPS. Memail me.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:15 PM on April 4, 2011


I will say this: they're quick.

The answer: They had to manually cancel my order because I'd already downloaded the digital copy. If you ordered early enough to have bought one (or two!) of the pre-fix print editions, but downloaded the digital copy, you'll need to contact customer service and have them manually cancel the order.

You know, I have access to a really good color printer. I'm just going to print out the digital copy. If y'all were getting a cut of the nice print edition I'd plonk down some dough for it, but if it's just going into MagCloud's coffers I'll pass this time.
posted by carsonb at 5:15 PM on April 4, 2011


Finally had a chance to sit down and page through it. It looks really nice. Great writing, neat artwork and photography and the overall design is really professional looking and great. You all did a wonderful job.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:27 PM on April 4, 2011


So who's the centerfold model?
posted by jonmc at 5:27 PM on April 4, 2011


Fun times: There are three other errors in that original PDF/upload that were corrected in the new one.

Can you find all three?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:29 PM on April 4, 2011


I couldn't even sign in with magcloud. Ptui!
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:34 PM on April 4, 2011


Fun times: There are three other errors in that original PDF/upload that were corrected in the new one.

Can you find all three?


Was "Midnight" one of 'em? On the contents page? Cause I know y'all know it's "Midnite", cause it's spelled correctly on the article page. It's always important to get all the spelling rite!

Great job, editors, and I'm looking forward to reading!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:45 PM on April 4, 2011


Yep, thanks editors -- so quick and it looks so great. I'm looking forward to reading it tonight, too!
posted by scody at 5:53 PM on April 4, 2011


Busines! I found one..
posted by cp311 at 6:27 PM on April 4, 2011


¿Que "busines"? ¿Que ".."?
posted by klangklangston at 6:30 PM on April 4, 2011


That is really marvelous looking, thank you for it.
posted by gladly at 6:41 PM on April 4, 2011



So who's the centerfold model?


Me and Eidteker apparently.

If anyone gets my elaborate art history joke in the last cartoon I will be very, very pleased.
posted by The Whelk at 6:42 PM on April 4, 2011


Well done. I've printed myself out a little A4 double sided booklet to tote around. After a quick glance through the only thing I'd suggest is to turn off auto-hyphenation, there's an awful lot of them in there and it's a bit jarring. Also I don't think it's necessary to have a 'continued on page…' and 'continued from page…' when it's on a turn page [if you do want to do that though, you missed the one on page 16]. Anyway, congratulations.
posted by unliteral at 6:48 PM on April 4, 2011


If anyone gets my elaborate art history joke in the last cartoon I will be very, very pleased.
You have Leda and the Swan on the wall. She bore Helen, who in other versions is the daughter of Nemesis who personifies the disaster that awaits those suffering from the pride of hubris. The last line of the article by flapjax at midnite which ends above the cartoon is "…"bred and led" Boorman to bring himself low by the sin of hubris."
posted by unliteral at 7:01 PM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


OH OH OH OH


BIG THANKS TO ALL THE MEFITES WHO CAME TO MY INSANE LAST SECOND PHOTO SHOOT: STICKYCARPET, EIDETEKER, AND SKYGAZER AND GREAT SWELL FOR SHOOTING IT. Bit of a shame the smoke machine and Sticky's foot didn't make it in, but thems the breaks.

I should point out the tie I am wearing is my official family tartan and yes, it is that ugly.
posted by The Whelk at 7:01 PM on April 4, 2011


You have Leda and the Swan on the wall. She bore Helen, who in other versions is the daughter of Nemesis who personifies the disaster that awaits those suffering from the pride of hubris.

Son, I am impress.


it's a take on whistler's debacle with the Peacock Room in D.C, actually
posted by The Whelk at 7:03 PM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ah! Inspired by? Interesting story, I hadn't heard it.
posted by unliteral at 7:25 PM on April 4, 2011


Whoah, nice. I had no idea this was happening -- or if I did, I promptly and as usual forgot.

Cool stuff.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:25 PM on April 4, 2011


Yeah Whstler was hired to do up a room for a big American muck for his grand manse in D.C he collected eastern ceramics, and had a taste but the bold, clean lines of Japanese and Korean design. He wanted the great Whistler to provide a room to show off his collection. He went on holiday I think, or overseas to collect more items.

Came back to a bright purple, gold-diipped incandescent peacock explosion of a room that would have Xanadu blush. I've been there, you can't even SEE the ceramics for all the gilt and fabric and silver. The client was upset - Whistler didn't understand - and it causes one of the lawsuits Whistler was always in.

I mean he once sued someone cause he got paid in pounds, not Guineas.
posted by The Whelk at 7:36 PM on April 4, 2011


Woo! I just saw this. Thanks for the thanks, guys—and sorry I kinda disappeared toward the end. Got busy with some other stuff, and by the time I got less busy, well, wow, the mag's out! Yay! It looks great. I'm looking forward to reading this, and to continuing to help out with the next one, if you'll still have me.

P.S. I have one of those things on the cover! It has LEDs inside and lights up!! I don't know what they're called but they're great!
posted by limeonaire at 7:36 PM on April 4, 2011


...and the joke is..Whistler doing that for your average "Home Redesign" show.

Cause I hate those things. They make every room look the same. Man was not meant to live inside cheap Thai restaurants.
posted by The Whelk at 7:38 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


this is exciting! well done.
posted by milestogo at 7:44 PM on April 4, 2011


Amazing. Simply amazing. I have never, in 30 years, found an exception to, "You want it good, and fast, and cheap? Pick two and call me back." The MeFi Mag is it, if awesome=good, lightning blur=fast, and free=cheap.
posted by angiep at 7:45 PM on April 4, 2011


This is so *awesome*. Thank you, everyone who contributed!
posted by rtha at 8:11 PM on April 4, 2011


I mean he once sued someone cause he got paid in pounds, not Guineas.
Same dude - "he further insulted Whistler by writing his check in pounds", "Scattered at the feet of the angry bird are the coins (silver shillings) that Leyland refused to pay".
posted by unliteral at 8:24 PM on April 4, 2011


Very cool! Thanks and congrats to everyone who helped make this happen. The PDF looks great. Looking forward to seeing the web version as well.

Is it still OK to nominate/send links to MeFites' comments for future issues? (Based on the comments above, it sounds like it is, but I wanted to make sure.)

FishBike: Hmm, I could write an article about what the Infodump is, geared towards people who don't know anything about databases.

FWIW, as someone who knows a tiny fraction about databases, I think an Infodump primer would be pretty interesting. If not in the mag, it could go on the MeFi Wiki Infodump page (or maybe even both places?).
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 8:58 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Colour me impressed! I read/saw it earlier today and was totally blown away. And yay for having a first edition pdf!
posted by deborah at 9:15 PM on April 4, 2011


scratch and sniff centerfold.
posted by clavdivs at 11:23 PM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I agree that there should have been a scratch-'n'-sniff centerfold, but I believe it should have been this.

no? you will not go to second level with me?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:46 AM on April 5, 2011


The gun is gouda. The penis is bread.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:59 AM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


While looking for Zardoz posters, I came across this NSFW image.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:02 AM on April 5, 2011


Smooth like a rhapsody.
posted by Sailormom at 10:46 AM on April 5, 2011


How come everyone has a real name except Meatbomb?
posted by desjardins at 1:52 PM on April 5, 2011


How come everyone has a real name except Meatbomb?

Editorial oversight. His full name is Brother Meatbomb.
posted by special-k at 2:06 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am Dr. Mr. The Whelk.
posted by The Whelk at 2:09 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I would do my Monarch impression but somehow it's not going to come across over the intertubes.
posted by GuyZero at 3:17 PM on April 5, 2011


Meatbomb emailed at the last minute and asked for his real computer identification name to be removed. He promised me eternal life, how could I say no?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:20 PM on April 5, 2011


So nice! Can't wait to get a print copy.
posted by jeoc at 3:43 PM on April 5, 2011


Great work, and amazing turnaround. Great to see my name in the credits, thanks.

One small question -- p 23 of the PDF posted above -- I know white space is super cool and I'm no design guy but ... can that really be deliberately 3/4ths white (above the title beanplating) or am I not getting a graphic for some reason?
posted by msalt at 7:12 PM on April 6, 2011


Yeah it's deliberate, you're not missing a graphic. They're two separate things.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:24 PM on April 6, 2011


ISSUE TWO SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 13

Please submit here.

We want your:

Articles
Fiction
Poems
Photographs
Cartoons
Collages
etc.

We have some totally awesome stuff coming up, but SEND US MOAR TO MAKE MAGAZINE.

Got a story? Tell it.

Future issues will have awesome themes and interpretive fontography and coupons for backrubs so you won't have to make them every Valentine's day on your own like a chump.
posted by klangklangston at 9:01 PM on April 7, 2011


I haven't actually read up on the whole concept and I apologize but it's Friday and I have beer so I am distracted, but: is this a thing made from stuff that Metafilter members have already made, or will make specifically for this publication? Are there more complicated filters, meta or otherwise, in place?

What I mean to say is, if I have some old but splendid and possibly entertaining things that I may have 'published' on one of my far-too-many-websites sometime in the past, that I think might be magazineworthy, can I send 'em in for consideration? Because I'm wearing my secret Metafilter underwear?

I hate and fear rejection, so this is probably just a hypothetical question, but let's pretend it's not.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:25 AM on April 8, 2011


Send it in! Previously published is fine, we just want to see, but not smell, your awsome stuff.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:34 AM on April 8, 2011


i just finished reading the physical copy.... fantastic job! I hope you keep making them, I'd love to get one in the mail regularly.
posted by odinsdream at 3:59 PM on April 9, 2011


I got my illicit, super-rare, recalled, redacted, first-run, first edition (I was too lazy to cancel my order) copy in the mail yesterday afternoon, and the printing looks really, really good.

I was especially pleased that the saddle-stitching made it fall directly open to my story - spanning the center spread. I gave a little "yee!" when I saw that.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:50 PM on April 9, 2011


I hope you keep making them, I'd love to get one in the mail regularly.

We're shooting for May 1st for the second issue.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:51 PM on April 9, 2011




Just got mine. Very pleased. Thanks, yinz.

(Anyone else leaving it in the plastic sleeve?)
posted by Toekneesan at 5:04 PM on April 10, 2011


It's gonna be down to wire for me I am serious.

(DAMNIT GET BACK TO ME PUBLISHERS IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE SOMETHING)
posted by The Whelk at 6:40 PM on April 10, 2011


It's gonna be down to wire for me I am serious.

Wrong month for that. Dig deep.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:22 PM on April 10, 2011


WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE AND ALSO WHY ARE WE YELLING?
posted by klangklangston at 7:23 PM on April 10, 2011


WE ARE YELLING BECAUSE.
posted by The Whelk at 7:28 PM on April 10, 2011


THE MUSIC IS TOO LOUD TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.
posted by The Whelk at 7:28 PM on April 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


bump.

Submit!

Tonight!
posted by klangklangston at 12:33 AM on April 14, 2011


Submit entries at http://mefimag.submishmash.com/Submit

Remember to tell us your MetaFilter username and a short description of the piece you're submitting.

Thanks!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:09 AM on April 14, 2011


Fuckin A. Presto change-O and there she blows. It only took me 10 days to find this thread!

I thought this was all just a big joke to get together booze it up and eat bacon pizza.

What happened to the group photo Whelky??

Really great work. I hope I can do it justice, with a worthy submission in the near future.
posted by Skygazer at 1:08 AM on April 15, 2011


Someplace extent on a hard drive lost in time and space. I'll see if I can find them.
posted by The Whelk at 7:12 AM on April 15, 2011


Brandon's finishing up production on Issue 2. Should be proofed and uploaded by the end of the weekend.

That means ISSUE THREE is just around the corner, and we're going with a loose theme of LOCATION AND TRAVEL.

Please submit something, and the sooner the better!
posted by klangklangston at 12:57 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


20 pages of Mefity goodness will be available real soon now!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:40 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


mmmmm ... Mefity ...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:07 PM on April 28, 2011


SOON WAS 5 HOURS AGO
posted by The Whelk at 7:20 PM on April 28, 2011


I, LIKE THE WHELK, HAVE A VERY SHORT ATTENTION SPAN

IT IS PAINFUL TO WAIT OH THE EXCITEMENT
posted by ocherdraco at 7:53 PM on April 28, 2011


Hang on, hang on -- Is that pronounced mee-fighty or meff-itty?
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:00 PM on April 28, 2011


Is that pronounced mee-fighty or meff-itty?

I'd say meff-itty, for sure. On the other hand, if we're talking about some of the attitudes on display around here from time to time, it's definitely mee-fighty.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:05 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thus conjuring the need for some sort of Mefight(y) Club!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:47 PM on April 28, 2011


DOWN THAT PATH LIES MINECRAFT
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 PM on April 28, 2011


meff-itty

This one of course, unless you want to get fighty about it.

SOON WAS 5 HOURS AGO

klang has a PDF now, for the final round of copy edits, while I struggle with this image of Darth Baldwin, kerning's type collage and ocherdraco's beautiful, yet challenging cover photo.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:20 AM on April 29, 2011


Ooh! It is on the cover? Woohoo!
posted by ocherdraco at 9:03 AM on April 29, 2011


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