Manzine: A truly independent publication
Times are hard for those of us who work on newspapers. Budgets are down, salaries are stagnant, we’re being worked to the point of exploitation and all for what? The odd freebie, the glory of seeing your name at the top of a piece, and the joy of being caught in the corridor by your boss while you plan a prank for a photo about another publication that you write for.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Manzine, the “publication about the male phenomenon” that I have the pleasure of being a contributing editor to. I say launch party. It was actually some blokes in a pub with a few copies of said magazine lying around – which is exactly how Kevin Braddock and Peter Lyle, the driving force behind Manzine, like it.
This fourth issue of their creation is particularly brilliant and I’m blogging about it in the hope that, if you are the sort of guy who never buys men’s magazine such as Esquire, GQ and FHM etc, you’ll hop over to www.themanzine.com, have a look around and maybe even treat yourself to a copy.
My favourite things in this one include Richard Benson’s “Rage Against Unexpected Items in the Baggage Area”, Mark Hooper’s gorgeous piece about being a new dad, Kev’s own love letter to the Berlin doner kebab and Kate Spicer’s “How Reading Newspapers Made Me Feel Depressed and Disappointed with My Life”. Oh, and there’s even a piece by yours truly about… well I’m gonna say it’s about wanking to get you interested but that’s really only a very small part of the story and if you want to find out more you’ll have to buy a copy.
Job done. If you can’t abuse your position at a national newspaper to big up the little Man(zine), what the hell can you abuse it for?
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