the creature takes many forms…what do you think it looks like??
as part of the launch of our membership-based HARLEQUIN CREATURE COLLECTIVE (to be formally announced later this year), we are collecting images to be featured in the first ever hc mailer.
every creature we receive by april 1st will appear in the mailing alongside a manifesto written by editors meghan forbes & hannah mcmurray. we want creatures draw by hand, made on the typewriter or with moveable type, collaged, photographed, whatever.
please send us your images as high-resolution black&white pdfs, tifs, or jpgs with nothing else but your creature in the file to firstname.lastname@example.org
take a listen @ what’s inside issue 5 :
full thang launches in april; limited edition as always so good idea to pre-order now!
in the midst of the holidays, i am taking pause tonight to thank you all for your continued interest in, and support for, the creature, who has grown quite a lot this year.
in the spring, we launched a special issue 3.5 dedicated to the graphic short, and the work of two fabulous femmes, artists alix pentecost farren and jade fusco.
more recently, in the fall, issue 4 (dedicated to the absurd) took the creature on its first international tour, with launch parties in berlin and prague, as well as ann arbor, detroit and brooklyn. the portfolio binding & mixed media contents typed & printed on various paper types & sizes, was influenced by the work of ken mikolowski, & so it was a great honor to meet him at one of our ann arbor events hosted by the wsg gallery, and to receive a copious envelope of printed matter from his alternative press. the event in berlin was surely the blockbuster, as the launch party also marked the opening night of our first ever gallery show, at supalife kiosk, organized & curated by co-editor hannah mcmurray, and featuring the art of our treasured collaborateurs barbara brown, dave foarde, alvey jones, and leander johnson.
if you’ve not managed to pick yourself up a copy of issue 4, i have on hand less than 10 at each price point, so be sure to get your order in before they’re all out! alternatively, you might still be able to snatch up a copy from our loyal booksellers : literati bookstore or wsg in ann arbor, salt & cedar in detroit, or st. mark’s bookshop in the new year.
perhaps the most meaningful part of our 2013 was the development of our “time travel with typewriters” workshop, in which we bring typewriters to kids to get them writing creatively. this workshop, which is free of cost to the students who attend and institutions that host us, has so far been made possible with a grant from the university of michigan, and will continue in the new year thanks to a successful crowd-sourced fundraiser. (a list of supporters can be seen here.) we aim to bring our fleets of typewriters now to public sites in michigan, new york, and berlin & we heartily welcome suggestions, introductions, & invitations to locations you think our typewriters might visit.
in 2014, we will introduce 2 more issues. you can now view contributors to the upcoming spring edition on our website, and typing bees for this issue are on the horizon – keep an out for more info, coming soon! in the fall, we will put out a special issue dedicated to childrens’ art & literature, and are currently seeking submissions of work for children, by adults and by children. please spread the word!
& finally, as a not-for-profit, donations of paper, typewriters, ribbons, & of course, money, are always warmly received. as a 501(c)3, you can receive a receipt of your donation for tax purposes. we could also use help in the form of a volunteer or intern with managing our social media presence. steering an analogue arts & literary venture through the sea of our digital world is no friendly feat!
wishing you all a very pleasant close of this year, and an inspired start to the next.
with deep gratitude,