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Our New Issue & The State of The Magazine

We finally got our print issues from the printer and are hard at work shipping them all out for the holidays. This issue, more than any before it, was a true labor of love for us. We decided to do almost the entire issue in-house, meaning that we came up with each feature concept, writing, editing, recipe testing, photographs, illustrations, lettering, and design. Each piece fits better in the this issue than ever before, though, because we thoroughly went over and over each page in great, great detail before finalizing it. We really hope you enjoy this issue, and each kind word means so incredibly much to us here. In the spirit of Offscreen Magazine's transparent blog posts about their...

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Why We Love Print

Both print and digital have their advantages and disadvantages. (Read our reasons for working in digital here!) Really, we keep a mix of both. Our print books consist of graphic novels, comics, old favorites, great quality printings of good books, really visual books, and books meant for the kitchen. We subscribe to a lot of mainstream magazines digitally, as well as keep reference books and audiobooks on our phones. Like DVDs vs. streaming services, there is definitely room for both. So WHY do we like print so much, specifically? going offline feels good a noiseless break is priceless. whether it makes physical noise or not, the internet can feel frenetic. there’s always something to check on, notifications pop up at...

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Our Studio Tour!

We've been in this space now for about a year and a half, and have really made it our own. We just started out with a couple of desks, some makeshift work tables, and a sink and some dishes and grew it from there. We're planning to move in 2016, to combine our living & work spaces into one even better place for us to be - so I thought it'd be a good idea to show you all around before we start packing up. Hope you find our space inspiring and fun :) This is the view as you first walk in. The best light is in the morning as the windows are East facing. This huge empty space...

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(Working) Tools of the Trade

Since we're such a small team (of two!) we rely heavily on great tools and technology to help us make the most of our time and mental energy. These are our essential tools to making our busy lives work. Even if you're not going to be ~starting up a magazine~ any time soon, we love these tools for our personal use as well. If you're looking to cook a lot of food, or streamline your life when it comes to organization, check out our recommendations below. Organization google docs - For forms, spreadsheets of all kinds, and most especially editing articles. It allows for really amazing collaboration, as well as the ability for multiple people to edit a document at...

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Why We Started Chickpea Magazine

At every in-person show we do, we hear the same set of questions again and again: why are you vegan? What is a small press magazine? And, appropriately enough for this post today, how did you get the idea to start something like this? Well, it really started from one place: the public library. Back when I still worked at a thrift store, from 2009-2011, I would go there after work at least once a week and read all the new magazines that would come out. I became fixated on page counts, monthly themes, editorial direction, and of course, the design of every issue. I always felt dissatisfied with mainstream magazines, and this steady stream of new issues really blew...

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