Friday, December 30, 2011

Artist Interview: Martin Wittfooth


(Seen in Instigatorzine 13, which is taking its time getting to us, this interview with artist Martin Wittfooth is the definitive version, since we weren't able to include all of his artwork in the printed issue, due to lack of space. Enjoy!)


It’s been an eventful season for artist Martin Wittfooth. Two shows in two months. His solo show, “The Passions,” at Lyons Wier Gallery in NYC and he curated a show, “Dark Water,” for Copro Nason Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Narciso Espiritu Jr. and Elias Jimenez dropped by Wittfooth’s Brooklyn studio for a chat.

Artwork by Martin Wittfooth. Photo by Farooq Alihassan.




IZ: I was reading information on your website; you’re from Toronto, Ontario, rising fine artist, etc. How did you get to this point?

MW: Well, I did my BFA at Sheridan College; it’s a school outside of Toronto that has a solid illustration/animation program. Back when I was doing that, I was really more focused on illustrating. I think the reason was because I didn’t know what else to do, but that was the main drive. The whole thing though, was that while I was doing that, I was more drawn to painting, as opposed to ink or digital; I started finding that I was spending an awful lot of time working on something that other people would start and finish the same day. For example, one of the lecturers at this year’s 3x3 Nuts & Bolts Conference at the Society of Illustrators in New York, was my roommate, Matt Rota. He works in ink and water color, and he has a brain that comes up with ideas a lot quicker than mine. So he’d get a job for the New York Times, and they would give him—from the sketch to the final­—maybe six hours. I’m thinking, “In six hours I’d have three lines on a page!” Maybe a coffee stain right in the middle of it, too.

So, at school, I would be thinking, “Well, if I stick with painting, what else can I do aside from illustration?” Soon enough, I discovered some people who would be designing snowboards after school. That was really what I wanted to do; design graphics for snowboards, since it snowed a lot up there. Although, when I started snowboard work, I found out it was kind of ridiculous. Art directors for snowboard companies would request very specific styles for completely vast and different boards. For a women’s board they’d want one style and, for a men’s board they’d request another. I loved it though, because the turnaround for one board would be months. Meanwhile, I painted personal work on the side.

At one point, I started doing more of my own paintings. The paintings weren’t as confident, as I was still trying to find my voice. Eventually, there was a show for La Luz Dejesus in Los Angeles, CA, that had an open call for entries. It’s rare for galleries to do that. I sent them a couple of slides, and they actually accepted me into the show. The thing was that there were a hundred other people also exhibiting in the show.  It was huge. Now, the only way you advance from that is if you get to sell. I did it two years, back-to-back. Then, I was in a more focused group show; I did well in that. Then I was offered a solo show.

As far as my own work is concerned, it’s not quite as structured or skeletal as it was, but it certainly has moved and grown from there. When I first started showing, I had settled on the mode of getting rid of the human figure. What was irritating about what I was doing in illustration was that there was such an emphasis in finding a style. I felt that everyone was doing the human figure in a more interesting way than I was. I was trying all this stuff that was reminiscent of other artists’ work. Mark Ryden was a huge figure in the world I was entering—galleries and fine art. There were so many people who were influenced by him to the point of being derivative. I felt like I didn’t want to do that. At the same time, shifting away from the human figure, I started conceptually thinking, “How about a world without human figures, but a world with a human presence in it?”  All these paintings have a reminiscence of our presence, but we’re not in them. Some people call it “apocalyptic,” but I’m not concerned with sci-fi approaches of “the world after.” It’s more like a metaphor for the idea that, in order to understand, we have to step back and become impartial witnesses, instead of active participants. I feel like, if there are human figures, people will think, “Well, they’re dealing with this problem, not us.” When there’s a pack of dogs attacking a horse, all of a sudden, we have to approach it differently.  We don’t have an escape. We can’t pin it on the guy in the painting.




IZ: Right now, do you consider yourself an illustrator, fine artist or both?

MW: I’ll say 99.5% fine artist. For me, I think it’s just a matter of not having enough time to do illustration. It’s definitely a lucrative business. In illustration, you finish a painting, you get paid. With fine art, you finish a painting, you hope you get paid. You might get paid right away if someone buys it.

IZ: How did you continue making work, knowing how different or difficult it might be pursuing a career in fine art?

MW: Well, this is by no means, an easy thing to commit to, but you have to stick to the idea that you will be happy doing this work. You have to be honest with how good your work is; you can’t let shitty work slip by.  I’m not really thinking with a client in mind, when I’m working on my paintings. I’m thinking more like, if I’m really happy with this piece, then someone else will be—and they may buy it. That’s the hope, but it’s not the main intent. Also, it helps to live in New York, because there are impressive and intimidating art shows happening almost all the time, almost all over the place. Seeing all these shows puts things in perspective for me. If I’m going to compete with these artists, then I have to step it up. At the end of the day, the paintings that I know are successful tend to sell. That lets me know that I’m not completely crazy.

My experience with fine art has been a gradual experience. For example, the gallery across the street from my show at Lyons Wier is the Gagosian Gallery. All of a sudden, you see work that’s worth, like, a million dollars. Then you meander back to my show…and well, I’m not making a killing here. But it’s a gradual process. Year to year, things are getting better.




IZ: Do you find that your work now, compared to a year ago, has evolved considerably?

 MW: The last two years, I’ve produced work that I’m quite happy with.  Whenever I’m working on a show, though, I already have the next one in mind. I’m happy with what I did for “The Passions,” but I want to keep learning and trying new techniques. I intend to make the next show better than this one, but there’s some figuring out to do, in terms of how to improve.

IZ: Would you ever stray away from animal figures, because you mentioned stepping away from human figures? Would you move on to something like environments?

MW: I know I will be sticking with the animals, but it’s more of a matter of what context will they be in next? “The Passions” has been one of the more focused themes out of any of the shows I’ve done in the past. The next show will be similar to this one, but it will be different. I’m excited at the idea of starting work revolving around a new theme.

IZ: Do you feel it’s necessary to have an art education to explore opportunities in fine art?

MW: No. At the end of the day, it’s about the work. I think that I gained a lot from school; more from my undergraduate career than my time in the MFA program, but I don’t think an education in the arts is completely necessary. Some schools will tell you there are certain “rules,” but there really aren’t any. I have heard rumors, well-founded ones, that if you do an MFA at Yale, it actually means something to some people. However, it has no bearing on what makes a person a good artist. It’s such a personal journey; no degree or piece of paper can ever make you good. 




IZ: A lot of art students aren’t prepared with the business side of art. How did you go from wanting to make things, and then having to deal with the stuff that’s not creative?

MW: The thing about fine art, as opposed to illustration, is once you get picked up by a gallery, and people see your work and you’re successful at your show, you tend to not have to promote yourself as much. If you have one successful show with the right gallery that has great PR, so many people see your work. It’s kind of incestuous, the whole community, because everyone’s looking where they can pick up the next—whoever. It’s a matter of getting along with a gallery. They’ll do the PR for you by taking ads in the right magazines that cater to their client/collector base, and it goes on from there. It really depends on who you’re dealing with. I’ve had experiences where, the only way my show was going to be successful was if I did all the promotional work myself. If the gallery wants to be worthy of their 50%, they should be doing that work.

IZ:Taking a step back, do you find yourself in a different position now? Meaning, you’re now a person people look up to, compared to where you were five years ago?

MW: I think it’s funny. Human psychology is hilarious. Throughout my life, I’ve been setting goals for myself. At one point, earlier in my career, I thought if I just started designing my artwork for snowboards—that’s it. I can do a bunch of those; I can buy an island and just move there. In a weird way, if I was myself a few years ago from now, I’d say, “That’s where I wanna be.” Now that I’m here, I see the Gagosian across the street, and I want to be selling my work for a quarter-million dollars. But, I’m not really in this to make a ton of money. I do feel though, that when I get to a certain point in my career, I’m always looking for the next goal—something higher. I’m not dissatisfied. Certainly, I’m happy to be getting recognition, and I feel like I am influencing students, but I don’t think there’s an end point to this thing. That said, I’m still looking up to other people. I went to a show the other night with my friend and studio mate, Jason Bard Yarmonsky, and I came out of that show so inspired and motivated to work, because the work was very well done. 




IZ: Would you say that looking at other artwork is what keeps you on your toes?

MW: Absolutely, and that’s on the point of living in New York. I came from Toronto and lived there for a while, and I grew up in Finland of all places. Not that those communities don’t have anything going on, art-wise, but I did feel like the bar was set lower. A couple of my best friends are considered two of the best artists in Toronto. When they visit New York, they see the work here, and, unsurprisingly, it gives them perspective on where they are.  I think that living here, in New York, is teaching me not to be comfortable where I am. To be able to compete in this environment, I have to be able to step it up all the time.

IZ: Do you ever find yourself needing to get away from your work?

MW: I feel that sometimes, for the sake of my work, I have to get away from it. By nature of what I do for a living, I end up traveling a lot. For example, for this show coming up in Santa Monica, we have to fly out there to install the show a week before the opening. By that time, my solo show will be out of the way, “Dark Water” will be out of the way. So, the day after the opening, I and a group of friends will drive up the California coast to San Francisco. I will not be painting a fucking thing when I get there. I just need to absorb things for a while.  Just look at things and get away from yourself and your work.

For a time, I had a live-in work space, and I would go a little nuts sometimes, since I was always surrounded by my work. I would wake up in the morning and see a canvas that I have to work on. So I had to separate the two. Unfortunately, I live with two roommates who work from home. There’s always someone doing art shit around me!  I want to find myself in a living situation where my roommates are, like, waitresses. Honestly, just to not talk about art for part of my day would be great, but I wouldn’t trade this life for anything else. 




IZ: In your work, do you have recurring themes on purpose, or do they come to you naturally?

MW: Part of it is the imagery itself that spoke to me. It’s kind of part of my vocabulary, I suppose. I think the recurring theme of vegetation growing out of other animals or man-made things is making a consistent allusion to how perverse our relationship with nature has become. “The Passions” paintings all have something to do with faith-based thoughts of saintliness or martyrdom, which explains why all the figures have these “halo” shapes around them.  In this piece, “The Rapture,” I went back to the idea of flowers bursting out of something, because I liked the idea of something beautiful also being destructive.  This dog exploding into flowers is sort of ridiculous, but we have the notions of something being a beautiful event. Like that “rapture” frenzy in May, people are so wrapped up into this beautiful event happening to a few select people, but after that, we have to die. The prerequisite for this beautiful event isn’t a celebration of this life-affirming thing; it’s more a celebration of the annihilation and terrible suffering of a ton of people. The idea is that this beautiful event, the blooming flowers, is ripping this dog to shreds.  “The Rapture” is grabbing at imagery in my past work, but all the paintings in “The Passions” are in a new context and more focused thematically over all. 




IZ: Is there something in particular that draws you more to this imagery, or do real events, for example, the commotion with the May 21st “rapture” influence your work?

MW: I have an inner dialogue and discussions with other people about stuff. Also I watch a lot of lectures online and in person. Recently, discussions about things that seem very taboo to be criticizing, which is faith: faith driving people to murder, suicide and suffering.  These religions obviously cannot coexist with one another. It’s absurd to me that, in the 21st century, the Earth is populated with so many people who are convinced that they and their tribe will be the chosen few to “holiness.” I have nothing in this fight, necessarily. I’m not religious at all, nor was I raised that way, but I live in a country, where you leave the city borders and people do subscribe to utter bullshit, which leads them to hate people for no good reason. But, that’s just the tip of a very decrepit iceberg. With “The Passions,” I’ve been listening to a lot of people who have very eloquent words about this topic, and I decided that it’s time for me to stop thinking about this, and start talking about it with my work.

At the heart of it, martyrdom and sainthood exist in the three Abrahamic traditions that dominate the whole ideology of the world. Within that idea, the moment someone believes that they can be saintly or can be a martyr, there has to be a prerequisite pact of suffering in order to attain that. Let’s be serious. No martyr ever died in his sleep.  These figures are idolized through history; a lot of history focuses on their death and execution, rather than celebrating their lives.  Much of it has to do with the celebration of violence by virtue of idolizing the perpetrators and victims of it. All these wars being fought and all this strife throughout the world are a direct result of these faith-based systems. As long as you get rid of that, people would stop doing this shit. I think in a way, I’m making a global statement with my work about the absurd nature of holding on to these traditions. Even on a moderate level, it’s a root cause of a lot of people’s complete nonsense. Glorifying violence just because it’s necessary to become holy is a really dangerous concept. 

Works by other artists influence my work, too. “The Coronation,” is influenced by a painting by Diego Velasquez, where the Virgin Mary is being crowned, but I decided to crown this queen in trash. It asks, “Exactly what is she the queen of?” “The Ecstasy,” another example, draws from the famous Bernini sculpture. With the sculpture, there’s an accompanying passage from St. Teresa that describes the experience depicted in the piece, and it sounds like some gaudy passage from some romance novel. The passage the sculpture is based on is really painful. It’s all about pain. She wrote about the spear entering her and pulling out, felt like her entrails spilling from of her, but at the same time she was overwhelmed with the feeling of happiness, joy and ecstasy. At the same time, I felt that the relationship between suffering and this divine bliss are completely intertwined. However, if you are to experience ecstasy or bliss, it can only come from god, otherwise, it’s considered perverse. 



IZ: How do you go about working, knowing that you’re not the only person exploring these dialogues?

MW: Of course, a lot of people touch upon these topics. Approaching the idea, specifically, sainthood and martyrdom, because they’re such staples in art history, and putting them through a contemporary context. If I had painted these animal figures in a baroque-like setting, it would be weak and hard to relate to for most people. As far as I’m concerned, these ideas are still a big part of our culture and global society. I think that this is a unique take on the continuing dialogue, since no one else is depicting the themes exactly like this. I mean, how many songs are there about love? It’s like The Beatles doing them, compared to—Nickelback. There’s a huge gap. I’m not worried about people thinking I’m following a dialogue that’s been discussed. The way I see it, I’m contributing to the ongoing dialogue that’s taking place in all different kinds of media. For me, this visual stage, this is the way I want to explore it. 




See you in 2012! 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Decemberween from Instigatorzine


The December holidays can be great.
The December holidays can be rough.
Up or down, sweet or salty,
Be cheery for people you love.

Happy Decemberween.



(Illustration by Narciso Espiritu Jr.) 

Friday, December 16, 2011

IZ Contributor Shigeko Okada featured in Juxtapoz



Congratulations to Shigeko Okada for her feature in the Juxtapoz January 2012 issue!

We are SO proud of her! :) 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Year's Eve Party

Date: 12/31/2011
Time: 10p - 3a
Place: Tommy 2 Scoops
177 York Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Attire: Semi-formal

Ready for 2012?

Go into the New Year with a roar! (It may be your last, according to some).

Join Instigatorzine at Tommy 2 Scoops in Jersey City, NJ for food, drink and fun! Tommy 2 Scoops will be closed off just for our guests, allowing for maximum merriment with a secure state of mind knowing you're among friends. (This also means we get to have bouncers! Yipee!)

This event will be a sort of black-tie. Meaning you should dress like you're going to a wedding or your prom. (I only say sort of because our main courses will be all sorts of finger-foods that are probably SO bad for you, but delicious.) And, BYOB. BYOB. BYOB.

Also, for the first time ever, collect Instigatorzine trading cards! Featuring semi-iconic portraits of your favorite IZ staff and contributors dressed like they would be for the New Year's Eve BBQ. These cards are a handsom gift, available exclusively at this event.


Instigatorzine Cutlets

Introducing, Instigatorzine Cutlets! Twice a month, starting in January, Instigatorzine will be putting out an exclusive Kindle/Nook edition that features a short story, a poem, and a play! Submit your cutlet today!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

JC Fridays @Hudson County Art Supply



On Friday, December 2, join Instigatorzine at our first major Jersey City splash!

Select IZ artists will be painting the window of Hudson County Art Supply from 11-7p. Check out prints from IZ artists like Giancarlo Corbacho, Stephanie Herrera, Kasey Balla, Madelynne Delarama and co-founder Narciso Espiritu Jr. Magazines, posters, buttons, wristbands and subscriptions will also be available for sale.

It's going to be a fun day of paint, talking, running, yelling, eating, sitting, standing, and maybe even haiku! 

JC Fridays: Instigatorzine

Hudson County Art Supply
303 First Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 413-0900 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Co-founder, Keith Chiappone Performs in Bayonne


This week, instigators can watch IZ co-founder, Keith Chiappone, perform music with a guitar and on-stage! Twice during this week, Wednesday and Saturday, Keith will be jamming out tunes on his fancy guitar.

"Across the Universe" Fall Cabaret at Jewish Community Center of Bayonne, NJ
A romantic musical told through Beatles songs. Come be part of a revamped Beatles cabaret bringing to life such beloved Beatles songs such as I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Come Together, Something, All You Need is Love, Oh! Darling, and more!

Wed 11/9 @7p. $10 at doors. Light refreshments. 50/50. 
1050 Kennedy Blvd. Bayonne, NJ 07002 

Concert at Jamie's Music: Keith Chiappone
Keith Chiappone performs for the first time in years in front of a live audience. Come see Chiappone classics, select songs from Pilcrow and some covers picked by Chiappone himself.  

Sat 11/12 @9p. Free. Chairs. BYOB.
1054 Avenue C. Bayonne, NJ 07002 

Hope to see some of you there!

(rad guitar illustration by me) 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Electric Keychain


New artist collective, Electric Keychain, formed to keep artists active within a community. If you've ever attended any higher education facilities, you'd know that you meet some pretty amazing and inspiring people there. Then after you graduate, you're kind of forced, more or less, to go your own ways, usually, never to see or hear your peers ever again! Electric Keychain is working against that common occurence to spur artist friends to get together and stay creative. Check out the website! It's pretty neat!

Two people I met from 3x3's Nuts & Bolts Conference, Jacqueline Yu and Arielle Katarina, are two of many people who keep the group running! I wish a lot of great fortune for them in their creative venture! 


Monday, October 3, 2011

Instigatorzine's Pink Awareness Sale

Instigatorzine's Pink Awareness Sale

Support the research, prevention, treatment and education of breast cancer through Instigatorzine! Purchase art prints from Instigatorzine's Etsy store and 50% will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

The artists featured range from fan-favorite Instigatorzine artists like Stephanie Herrera and Shigeko Okada to nationally-known artists, Marcos Chin and Stephen Gardner.

Instigatorzine will also be selling select prints from their table at New York Comic Con in two weeks.

Stop by the Etsy store now!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Shigeko Okada Interview



Instigatorzine contributing artist, Shigeko Okada, was recently interviewed at!

Support your fellow instigator!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Martin Wittfooth

In December, Martin Wittfooth will be featured in Instigatorzine, Vol. 13! Until then, check out his first solo show, "The Passions,"  in New York City at Lyons Wier Gallery.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Instigatorzine 12 Digital Release

Psst! If you click this link, you can download the Instigatorzine 12 digital pack which includes a Kindle, Nook and PDF version of IZ12 for just $.75!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Astrid Luchian @Jade Eatery & Lounge

Featured in Instigatorzine, vol. 11...


Astrid Luchian: Recent Works

September 1 - November 1, 2011

Opening Reception

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jade Eatery & Lounge

1 Station Square

Forest Hills, NY


Come support your fellow instigator!





Sunday, September 4, 2011

Arielle Katarina at Space 39


Newly minted Instigatorzine Associate Art Editor, Arielle Katarina, will be exhibiting artwork from 6p - 2a at Space 39 in Fort Myers, FL!  If you're around for this Labor Day event, grab a drink, see some art and have fun! 

For more on Space 39:

For more on Arielle Katarina:


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Letter from a Fan

Dear Instigatorzine,

I’ve been staring at my computer all day, with an urge, a desire, to write something for the “special” issue. However my writing has resulted in this: writing you a letter. Though in so many ways I am not surprised that this is what I have come to. I have been writing letters on and off throughout the year, and it has become, as I now realize, the only way I write anymore.                                                    

 Originally I was going to submit a piece I wrote about a couple who’s in love, but nothing really happens in that story. Nothing tragic or heartbreaking or anything really, it just moves, it just is; though that’s why I love it. But then I decided I wanted to write something new. I thought about writing a story about my friend who passed away this month two years ago, but it is still too hard to say the things we long to say but are afraid to face.  So I sit here instead writing you a letter listening to Bon Iver.                                       

 Isn’t it funny how music always has perfect timing? I know it will be a good day when Journey’s  Don’t Stop Believing comes on, it’s always a sign for something greater. And it’s amazing how music can have that effect on you. So much more powerful than a novel, a song with lyrics that swoon and a rhythm that is infectious, within a five minute period can alter your existence. 

As I write this letter I am also working on a mix tape for a friend of mine. A “life” mix and it is about the ups and downs. The overwhelming sadness that can embody us to the point of comatose and the joy, the immense over thrilling joy life can give us. A mix tape to say that though we have these moments of loss, sadness, and a desire to retreat into our hovels (if we are so fortunate to have one) in the end there is always a rainbow and if we are lucky it’ll be a double rainbow.                                                                

So dear Instigatorzine, while I couldn’t find the words to form together that will give you a poem or a story I found enough to write you a letter. So I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for giving me a desire to write something new, for giving me an urge to find another level of myself. Thank you for making me open up my laptop and stare at the screen trying to form something. And thank you for giving me a need to open up my poetry book again and begin to write, even if it isn’t very good.

Maybe one day I will make you a mixtape.





Monday, August 22, 2011

Instigatorzine 12: Coming Soon

Instigatorzine 12, September will be coming out very very soon! Here's the playbill!

Cover by: Chazz Jogie
Instigator of the Month: Benjamin Franklin by Monica McCarthy
"Dirty Nails" and "Savior" by Cedric Jones
"Home, for Now" by Chase M. Collum
Featured Author: Nells Hanson for "The Way to Sleeping Child"
Featured Artist: Keiko Tokushima
"The Interviews" and "For My Regina" by Christa Pagliei
"The Classroom" by Nicholas Conley
"The Downfall of Nutrasweet Wine" by Menhu Quintana
and "Deserters" by Dan Davis

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Kickstarter Promotional Videos

Enjoy and share the following videos to promote the Instigatorzine Kickstarter!





Enjoy and share the following videos to promote the Instigatorzine Kickstarter!



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Oodles of Paying Contests!!

Greetings, Instigators! We have lots of contests for you! We won't have any gigantic checks to give you, but hey, maybe sometime in the future. Here are the details.

Best Story, any genre
Price to enter: $10
Deadline: October 31, 2011.
First Place Prize: $250 + print publication
Second Place Prize: $100 + online publication
Third Place Prize: $50 + online publication
Best Sci-Fi Piece
Price to Enter: $5
Deadline: December 31, 2011
First Place Prize: $100 + print publication
Second Place Prize: $50 + online publication
Third Place Prize: $25 + online publication
Best Memoir Piece
Price to Enter: $5
Deadline: February 28, 2012
First Place Prize: $100 + print publication
Second Place Prize: $50 + online publication
Third Place Prize: $25 + online publication
Best Mystery Piece
Price to Enter: $5
Deadline: April 30, 2012
First Place Prize: $100 + print publication
Second Place Prize: $50 + online publication
Third Place Prize: $25 + online publication
Best Horror Piece
Price to Enter: $5
Deadline: June 30, 2012
First Place Prize: $100 + print publication
Second Place Prize: $50 + online publication
Third Place Prize: $25 + online publication
Best Folklore Piece
Price to Enter: $5
Deadline: August 31, 2012
First Place Prize: $100 + print publication
Second Place Prize: $50 + online publication
Third Place Prize: $25 + online publication

*Note: Best story contest requires at least 40 contestants. All other contests require at least 35 contestants. If the required quota is not met, all payments will be refunded. Contestants must be at least 18 to enter and live in the United States.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No PayPal? No problem! Pay with a credit card.

Don't have a PayPal account? Don't want to take the time to register for one? You can now purchase anything on our website with a credit card! Pretty neat, eh?


New Submission Guidelines

The past few months we've been getting a lot of submissions. To make things easier for us and for you, we've created new accounts for handling your submissions. Please follow these updated guidelines to ensure that we receive and review your submission. Submissions not following these guidelines will automatically be rejected.

We accept .doc and .rtf files (No .docx files).
Please include a brief biography that can be used as an introduction to your work when printed.
Text should be size 12 Times New Roman double-spaced.
Maximum is 3,000 words.
Send submission with subject that includes the medium (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, etc.) and your name.
Do not send more than three pieces.
We cannot accept anything that's already been published online or in print.
Note: Poetry submissions, if accepted, are not proofread or edited. 


Can be in black and white or color.
Must be either JPEG, GIF, PNG, or PDF and 300 dpi/ppi (Do not send us your website)
No extreme nudity.
Can be any size, but keep in mind that the magazine is 8.5"x11".
Send a brief biography that can appear as an introduction to your work.
Send submission with subject: Art: Your Name


All fiction pieces should be sent to:
All nonfiction (essays, memoir, etc) should be sent to:
All poetry should be sent to:
All other literature should be sent to:
All artwork should be sent to:


You may also submit your work via snail mail. Send your submission in a SASE to:
PO Box 853
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Hey guys! So here's the deal: although we've been pushing strong since starting up in last February, we still need your help getting off the ground! We are trying to raise $2,000 by August 22nd. If you help us reach that goal through Kickstarter, you get a reward! The $2,000 raised from this fundraiser will fund legal fees and printing costs.

Click here to Kickstart Instigatorzine!

Your donation rewards are as follows:

Pledges of $1: An Instigatorzine button.

Pledges of $3: An Instigatorzine button and wristband.

Pledges of $10: An Instigatorzine button, wristband, and current issue.

Pledges of $15: An instigatorzine button, wristband, current issue, and poster.

Pledges of $25: An Instigatorzine button, wristband, current issue, poster, and E-Reader Collection.

Pledges of $50: An Instigatorzine button, wristband, current issue, poster, E-Reader Collection, and 12-issue subscription.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Purchase a digital edition of Instigatorzine 11 and win a date with us at the New York Comic Con!

Contest: If you purchase a digital edition (PDF, Kindle, Nook) of Instigatorzine 11 you will automatically be entered to win a chance to hang out with us at the New York Comic Con on October 15th! So go check it out! Imagine, going to the Comic Con for just $.99. Pretty good deal!



Friday, July 15, 2011

Trace Riles, published in IZ8, throws a contest--Winner receives free one year subscription to IZ!

Want to read Instigatorzine free for a year? Here's your chance!

Step 1:  Order your copy of Instigatorzine (Issue #8) that includes Trace Riles' story, "Priced to Sell" by clicking on either link for a e-copy or print copy.

e-zine $0.99 or a print copy -  $3.00 plus shipping

After you've read the story, answer the following questions:

1) What is the main character's name?

2) What does the main character collect?

3) What does the main character take from the nightstand drawer?

Step 2: Go to Trace Riles' Facebook page and PRIVATELY message her your answers. Here's the link to her page.

Make sure you don't post it on her wall. Be sure to leave an email address you can be contacted at.

All entries having answered the three questions correctly will be put into a random draw and the winner chosen on September 15, 2011.

The contest opens July 15, 2011 and closes September 15, 2011. The winner will be announced on September 16, 2011.

Good luck and happy reading.



Trace Riles, published in IZ8, throws a contest--Winner receives free one year subscription to IZ!

Want to read Instigatorzine free for a year? Here's your chance!

Step 1:  Order your copy of Instigatorzine (Issue #8) that includes Trace Riles' story, "Priced to Sell" by clicking on either link for a e-copy or print copy.

e-zine $0.99 or a print copy -  $3.00 plus shipping

After you've read the story, answer the following questions:

1) What is the main character's name?

2) What does the main character collect?

3) What does the main character take from the nightstand drawer?

Step 2: Go to Trace Riles' Facebook page and PRIVATELY message her your answers. Here's the link to her page.

Make sure you don't post it on her wall. Be sure to leave an email address you can be contacted at.

All entries having answered the three questions correctly will be put into a random draw and the winner chosen on September 15, 2011.

The contest opens July 15, 2011 and closes September 15, 2011. The winner will be announced on September 16, 2011.

Good luck and happy reading.

Visit Instigatorzine at the New York Comic Con 2011!

In between meeting all your favorite artists and mascots, come visit the Instigatorzine crew at the New York Comic Con Convention!

When: October 13-16, 2011
Where: Jacob Javits Center
655 w 34th street
New York, NY 10001


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Instigatorzine Combustion Cookout 2011

Join us at Liberty State Park on August 12th from 1PM to 9PM for the second annual Instigatorzine Combustion Cookout! Get free burgers, hot dogs, drinks, caricatures! Bring your kites, your pad, and your camera!

Date: August 12, 2011

Time: 1:00 - 9:00

Location: Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Instigatorzine now available in Montclair and Wayne, NJ for free!

You can now find your copy of Instigatorzine at the following locations:

Montclair Book Center
221 Glenridge Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042


Zapp Comics
574 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Even better, you can get them for free for a limited time only!

Friday, July 8, 2011

You can now purchase Instigatorzine at The Comic Book Market in Bloomfield, NJ!

Instigatorzine is now available to purchase at The Comic Book Market in Bloomfield, NJ. Go check it out and show your support!

The Comic Book Market
28 Washington St.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Join Our E-mail List and Get Special Offers!

So here's the scoop. At our event last week at the Iron Monkey in Jersey City, we started an E-Mail list. Why would we do this? Everything on here automatically gets posted on Facebook and Twitter. What could we possibly need an e-mail list for? Well, everyone who signed up on the e-mail list got an e-mail containing a discount code for subscriptions and the E-Reader package. Anyone who signs up for the e-mail list will also get these discount codes as well! You will also, of course, receive news and updates, and creative, fun ways you can help spread the word of Instigatorzine!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Instigatorzine now available for the B&N Nook!

After requests from fans, we have finally made Instigatorzine available for the Barnes and Noble Nook! Go to the issues section to check it out!


Directions: When you purchase your E-Reader Edition of Instigatorzine, it will be in the form of a zip folder. Unzip the folder and you will see two types of files. One is a .mobi file. This is the file type associated with Amazon Kindle. The other file type is an .epub file. This file type is associated with the B&N Nook. Simply plug your device into your computer and drag and drop the file associated to your device into your specified folder.

Note: E-Reader Editions of Instigatorzine do not include images.


Complete Instigatorzine Kindle Collection for sale!

You can now purchase the Complete Instigatorzine Collection for just $5.99. That's just about half price if you were to buy'em all individually! Click here to take advantage of this special offer!


Instigatorzine 11 Now Available for Purchase!

The long awaited Instigatorzine 11 is now available for purchase both print and for Amazon Kindle! Also, order today only and get the Kindle edition for just $.75!


Weekly Poll: Who is your favorite Declaration of Indepence instigator?

On June 11, 1776 the Committee of Five drafted the first copy of the Declaration of Independence. After 23 days and only minor changes, the Committee of the Whole accepted the declaration and claimed the United States' freedom from British rule. While there were many American instigators in this period, we must pay special attention to those who drafted such an important piece of literature. 


Who is your favorite Declaration of Independence instigator?

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekly Poll: Who is your favorite Looney instigator?

Weekly Poll: Who is your favorite Looney instigator?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Preview Issue 11 of Instigatorzine Two Weeks before its release!

Go to Issues and preview the upcoming issue of Instigatorzine!


Weekly Poll: Who is your favorite fictional child instigator?

Weekly Poll: Who is your favorite fictional child instigator?

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Instigatorzine now available for Kindle!

Read in bright sunlight with no glare

Got a Kindle? Wish you could read Instigatorzine on it? Now you can! Head over to the issues section and download each Kindle edition of Instigatorzine for just a buck!

Subscribe now with the reduced price of just $14.99 for 12 issues! Plus free shipping!

12 Issue Subscription Special! Available for just one week!

Add to Cart  $14.99

Each issue will be sent once a month for 12 months. Payment of $14.99 will be charged once. Free shipping!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You know those foldy papery things with the little square in the corner?

You can now send us things via snail mail! We will appreciate it very much! We may even give these submissions more consideration! Send your submissions, questions, or comments to:

PO Box 583

Bayonne, NJ 07002

Talk about a party!

We will be hosting a party at the Iron Monkey in Jersey City on July 1. Everyone and their mother should come! Click here to attend on Facebook so you don't forget!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We're Back!

Hey everyone! I know we've been incommunicado for quite some time now, but we've been busy with quite a few things! Instigatorzine founders, Narciso Espiritu Jr. and Keith Chiappone met today to discuss the future of the magazine. As always, we're thinking about ways we could make the magazine better and more accessible to our readers, writers and artists. We've come up with some ideas that we think are going to make the magazine better.

The first thing we did today was make a schedule for the magazine. Starting in July, the magazine will run strictly on a bi-monthly basis. Each issue will be 32 pages.

  • IZ11 - July 2011
  • IZ12 - September 2011
  • IZ13 - November 2011 

Starting in 2012, Instigatorzine will conform to a quarterly schedule.

  • IZ14 - January 2012
  • IZ15 - April 2012
  • IZ16 - July 2012
  • IZ17 - October 2012.

I know, these seems like so few issues to be released in one year, but we're still going to be very busy! Furthermore, instead of just 32 pages for each issue, we will be offering you 52 pages of literature and art by new authors and artists! Sounds pretty good to me.

Also, to make it even more fun, each issue is going to have its own contest. So check back for updates on what those contests will entail!

So you won't forget about us, we will also be holding readings and art shows in between each issue. The schedule for these is as follows:


  • January 7, 2012
  • March 3, 2012
  • April 7, 2012
  • June 2, 2012
  • July 7, 2012
  • September 1, 2012
  • October 6, 2012
  • December 1, 2010

Art Shows:

  • January 8-14, 2012
  • April 8-14, 2012
  • July 8-14, 2012
  • October 7-13, 2012

You're probably thinking, "Well that's next year. What abou this year? It's only May!" Well, yes, it is only May and that means that we've still got a lot of time to organize some readings for you for the remainder of this year! Look for one in August.

If anybody knows of venues in New Jersey that offer space for authors and artists, let us know!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Instigatorzine 10C Now Available!

Instigatorzine 10C featuring a cover by Narciso Espiritu Jr. is now available! Get yours now for just $3! You know, that's less than a gallon of gas nowadays, and it just might get your farther!

Click here to purchase Issue 10C.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Instigatorzine 10B now available to order!

Order your copy of Instigatorzine 10B featuring artwork by Stephanie Herrera! Available only until March 20! Only $3 + shipping! Click here to order!



Thursday, March 3, 2011

Instigatorzine 10A now available for order!

Each week of March we will be releasing one of the covers of the new Instigatorzine 10. So go right now! First pressing of the pink cover available until March 12!

Click on Issues and scroll down to Issue 10! Just $3 plus shipping!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Instigatorzine Sci-Fi Contest--Win $100!

Instigatorzine wants to give some money to a genre that is so harshly looked down upon! We are going to give $100 to the best sci-fi story that we can get out hands on!

Deadline: May 31, 2010

Entry Fee: $5

Word Count: 500-2,000

First prize: $100

Second prize: $50

Both selections will be featured in the September issue of Instigatorzine.

Send all submissions to

Click the following icon to pay entry fee.

*Contest requires at least 30 contestants. Contestants who submit multiple pieces must pay an entry fee for each separate piece.

Boneworld Publishing

Back in November we published a guy named John Berbrich. Today, we were very pleased to have gotten a letter from him that contained a publisher's listing that included us! Visit their website! Support your local publishers!

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