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Comics Are My Rock And Roll

We’re big fans of the Alternative Press posse. They’ve put on a bunch of really great events, including two International Alternative Press Festivals at London’s Conway Hall. And we’re not the only ones: the filmmaker Daniel Baldwin was there at the first Festival in 2011, complete with his camera, following Jimi and Peter as they worked like madmen to put on the show.

Here’s the trailer for Baldwin’s upcoming documentary: Comics Are My Rock And Roll. It looks ace.

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Curious Iconic Craft

Curious Iconic Craft

Just a quick post to make you aware of an ace Kickstarter campaign that’s currently running called Curious Iconic Craft. A pair of designers behind two of our favourite magazines — Little White Lies and Huckare moving on to pastures new, and decided to make a book about everything they learned over the decade they worked on the magazines. Both titles are gorgeous, and a big inspiration to us at here at Structo, so Curious Iconic Craft should make for a bloody good read.

There’s a week left on the funding schedule, and at the time of writing they’re over 80% of the way there, with £3,000 to go before they hit the goal. Backer rewards include the ebook for a fiver, the printed book for £13, the book and a collection of wallpapers and fonts from the magazines for £20. The levels above contain limited-edition artwork, custom artwork, and a day of creative consultancy.

If you’re into indie magazines, this is worth a look. More details, including a video, can be found at their Kickstarter funding page here.

— Euan

Review: Finitude by Hamish MacDonald

Finitude by Hamish MacDonald

Photo: Structo (CC BY 2.0)

Hamish MacDonald is the author of four novels and the creator of the DIY Book podcast. It was this last that I heard of first a number of years ago, and it struck a chord. The idea of being in control of the publishing process right from the first germ of an idea through the writing and printing and binding all the way to selling the finished book online was (and is) an intriguing one. The project is now complete and the complete archive is accessible for free at the link above. I highly recommend you have a look if you’re interested in publishing your own writing.

It was with this background that a few of us met MacDonlad last year at the International Alternative Press Fair in London. I almost always leave events like the IAPF having spent our entire take on small press books and magazines, and that day wasn’t any different. One of the things I picked up was MacDonald’s novel Finitude, an adventure story set in the midst of catastrophic climate change. This year I’m supposedly catching up with my unread backlog, or at least making a sizeable dent in it, and so a few weeks ago I finally got around to reading Finitude.

I shouldn’t have waited so long — it’s a great little book.

Although set in an almost-Earth engulfed by the devastating effects of changing climate, it doesn’t read like a polemic. It remembers to be an entertaining story first; it’s a fable of climate change. It helps that MacDonald has Douglas Adams’ ear for dialogue. The world might be falling apart around them, but the characters in Finitude never sound anything other than human. Wittier than most of us, but human nonetheless. It is this bounding good nature that carries the episodic narrative through to the book’s beautifully gauged conclusion.

Even if this was a normal book I’d recommend it, but if you are interested in DIY publishing, you need to pick up one of MacDonald’s creations, if only to understand the kind of quality that is achievable by doing things on your own. Finitude is beautifully written, strongly edited (often a key failing of self-published books), well designed and constructed. I’ll be reading more, and so should you.

— Euan

You can read/listen to chapter one of Finitude, or buy a copy, here.