Thursday, October 21, 2010

A moment of transparency

Hello Instigators! I'd like to present to you a moment of transparency in a world that's way too often opaque. There will be changes in the upcoming issues of Instigatorzine, as there always has been which each issue. It's surprising to thing that something I started as a 20 page xerox copy zine has grown into a full color print with 48 pages in full color with advertisements.

In the following months we are going to become an actual state recognized business, which means we'll get some zebra stripes on the back cover. The reason for this is that we are switching printing companies to MagCloud, a lovely website that prints high quality magazines. We are switching because our current company is going out of business. Unfortunately, MagCloud is a little more expensive than our current company. However, we hope that this will not cause an increase in price. In order to keep the price low, we will have to start selling more ad-space. How do we do this?

It is difficult to offer ad-space to bigger companies when all you have is a personal checking account. Who wants to write a check to Keith Chiappone for adspace in a small zine? Becoming state recognized means we would be able to open a bank account under the name, Instigatorzine. Thus, companies will be more willing to work with us. This also means it will be easier for you, the readers, to subscribe to the magazine.

To also cut costs we will also be shortening the magazine to 32 pages. The goal is to have four pages of ads, which will pay for the costs of printing. Instigatorzine will always be an art and literary zine. We have 28 pages of really good literature and art to offer to you, and we're gonna keep on doing it!

In preparation for the new year changes, we will be taking off in December. Any subscribers will have their subscription extended by one month. See you in November!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Have we let you down? Maybe.

Trying to find someone to primarily run the blog, but the only person who has access to a lot of different things, at least Instigatorzine wise, are either me or Keith.

Trusting a person with IZ secrets shouldn't be a problem since there are no IZ secrets.

For now, if you live in the Jersey City area, you should definitely be checking out the Jersey City Artists' Studio Tour. It's well worth the effort you'll be putting into walking and traveling all over Jersey City, invading many artists' personal spaces.

Is it invasion if they let you? Probably not.

Check out The Black Hollies while you're walking around 4th Street in Jersey City. They're a good band based in Jersey City. I discovered them when I was checking out the Grove Street Creative Market three weeks ago. The Black Hollies will be playing around 8p on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Instigatorzine 8 is on its way to the printers.

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