Day 2.5: Independent Press

DAY TWO (and a half)
Following on from the previous post – magazines have always been a popular stocking-stuffer in our household, and Brisbane has some incredible independent publications to get excited about. Print is not dead, friends (but you can buy digital copies of some of the below magazines if that’s your thing!)

Based in Bardon, mous magazine is a design and culture magazine that brings together emerging writers, photographers, artists and graphic designers from across Australia, and aims to bridge the gap between study and employment. They have three issues for sale at the moment, which cover their five segments – live, inform, design, create, fornicate – and provide an intellectual and creative exploration into art, design, society, and sex.

The core concept behind Eyebag is “people and ideas to lose sleep over” and their new issue (#2 “Would You Rather) just launched in November. Presented as a compact coffee table publication, each issue of Eyebag includes a collection of interviews, non-fiction and photography. They’ve got some cool merch too, available directly through the website or stocked at Contra in Brisbane City.

Beginning as a blog of interviews, HCwBB has grown to a print publication about women and work. Their brand-new issue (#4) launched last month, and despite new logos, new merch, and a new look, their focus remains firmly on conversations between women and gender-diverse people. The interviews, memoirs, essays, photographs, and even featured fashion in the pages interrogate the way that women are labelled and pigeonholed in the workforce, the way that women feel about themselves, and how they present themselves to the world. HCwBB is also going quarterly, which means you can now subscribe for yourself or a friend (or both!).

With two issues currently available, Pencilled In attempts to address the underrepresentation of Asian-Australian artists in the industry. The magazine spotlights young and emerging Asian-Australian artists, and publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic art, and illustration. They also aim to get Asian Australian writing to the wider public through the #ReadAsianOz initiative – dropping off books in public area in capital cities all over Australia.

Published in Brisbane four times a year, each issue is themed (recent themes include “almost famous” and “high voltage”). Content includes styled product pages, artist profiles, feature stories, and opinion pieces as well as illustrations from local and international artists. A bit more intentionally “edgy” than the others, each issue has quite a unique look, often inspired by street art, surf culture, and graffiti.