GUD Magazine (Greatest Uncommon Denominator) Issue 0 Promo : Spring 2007
Printed: $10 (2 for $18)
According to the blurb at the beginning of the book, the team behind GUD Magazine consist of Mike Coombes, Sal Coraccio, Kaolin Fire (Instigator), Sue Miller (All editors), Julia Bernd (Copy Editor), Sue Miller (Layout) and their accompanying website by Kaolin Fire.
GUD Magazine describes itself as publication which contains literary and genre fiction, poetry, essays, and art and features authors and artists from around the world. GUD Magazine pays semi-pro rates for content and pays royalties on the profits of the sales of the magazine, effectively making the contributors shareholders for that issue. That is a neat idea, as the shareholders would, of course, do their utmost to promote the issue to increase the fruits of their labour.
It is available for purchase in print and electronic (PDF) format. It is published twice yearly, although they expect to go to four issues a year in our second year of publication. The initial print run for Issue 0 was 200 copies, and they are investigating distributorship for the magazine within the US and abroad. They expect the circulation to grow as word gets out.
So, what does this new publication look like? Well, it certainly isn’t like any pulp publication I’ve seen before. It’s roughly the same size as Asimov’s and Fantasy And Science Fiction - more of a paperback size than magazine size. It consists of 196 pages and is bound solidly, with a tight spine like a book. The paper is good quality, it looks like its been selected for its readability, especially in sunlight; it’s a lower contrast pulp (i.e. not completely white) making it much easier on the eyes. And it works.
The cover is somewhat mysterious and a little weird. You can see it above - basically it’s digital art - something to look at for a bit, then to turn the page. I’m not really a fan of this kind of art (unless it jumps out and throttles my senses), but there again it sure does look weird, and this is, I believe, how GUD Magazine is being marketted - just that little different from usual.
It seemed a shame, but I had to actually turn the nicely bound book’s cover, bend it slightly out of shape, and…
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