Last month, we premiered our very first issue at the Electric Frenchie trunk show and pulled it all together with the help and support of our family and friends. We met many new faces and gained a few new friends. The first issue went out and we got some really great feedback, multiple requests to be a featured artist, a bunch of artwork submissions,amazing opportunities for some of those who were featured, and so many ideas for future issues. All we can say is thanks Austin!
This month we feature filmmakers Jesse Dayton and Emily Kaye, artist Marcus Sanchez, musicians Guilty Pleasures Austin, film critic J. Wilhelm, designer Gay Ibser, photographers Makua Makai Images and Sheeana Singer — and we introduce a new writer to our staff, Jessica Hudson.
When we first thought about the idea of an online magazine, where artists could be recognized for their work and celebrated for their talent and accomplishments, it seemed like an almost impossibility to gather so many artists in one place at the same time working toward the same goal. I mean artists, musicians — we are notoriously late, sleep in, and sometimes our ego gets the best of us, right? Nope, not here. Austin, Texas, has a wonderful community of artists – the talent here and the willingness to help each other succeed surpasses any expectations we could have imagined. This has become exactly what we envisioned (and then some). Think of it as a co-op of artists coming together to produce a tiny online magazine baby.
This October issue we decided to honor Jesse Dayton’s new film “Zombex” in each of our photo shoots. We have zombiefied school girls rocking out in the cemetery, “Day of the Dead” characters reaching through the canvas and coming to life, and a zombie queen and her dinner guests at a Halloween feast. Every image in this issue was taken by a female photographer — Sheanna Singer, Melis Steiner and myself (with the exception of Dainon of Makua Makai).
We couldn’t of pulled it all together without the very talented makeup artists Lecia Harkins and Amy Evers, hairstylists Ivy Kim and Tiffany Bowler, and the wardrobe stylings of Hunter Lohse — and let us not forget to thank Cat Rainwater as the grammar police and Jessica Hudson and J. Wilhelm as contributing writers. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of those involved in making this Halloween issue a complete success. We cannot do it without you! Remember Austin, this is your magazine.