6 August 2013
A mag for Bob
88 magazine lovers have made this one-off newsprint publication for a good cause – raising money to support mag maven Bob Newman
Last March (2013), art director Bob Newman suffered an appalling accident in a swimming pool.
Eye readers will know Bob as a great magazine maven, whose various pages: Facebook , Twitter and Tumblr pages have been treasure troves for great examples of publication design, from the obscure to the notorious. He wrote ‘Shock tactics’ for Eye 82, a memorable article about altmags (alternative weekly news magazines) in the US.
Bob was in a coma for two weeks, and friends and colleagues around the world rallied round to raise money for his family and for his medical bills, using the fundraising page donationto.com/friendsofbobnewman.
His friend Christine Curry explained on the site that ‘As a freelance consultant, Bob has no salary. So he has no current income, and will have no way of working for many months … Bob’s most recent employer, Reader’s Digest, went bankrupt, suspending his expected severance pay.’
Spread from My Favo(u)rite Magazine
Now there’s another way to help Bob. My Favo(u)rite Magazine, a Anglo-American one-off, is a collaboration between Andrew Losowsky (Stack America, Huffington Post) and MagCulture’s Jeremy Leslie.
It’s a simple concept: 88 writers, most of them art directors like Bob, have each contributed a short piece about their favo(u)rite magazine. Each piece is accompanied by a picture or two, and the whole thing is published on newsprint through The Newspaper Club.
You can order a copy from magculture.com/shop. There are three options available: print edition (£15.99), pdf digital edition (£12.99) or a limited edition package that includes a print edition signed by the editors plus one of the magazines featured in My Favo(u)rite Magazine (only ten available at £59.99). Here are a selection of spreads from My Favo(u)rite Magazine.
Bob himself made a contribution to My Favourite Magazine, a tribute to Ramparts (1970). Bob writes: ‘Ramparts was like no other magazine I had ever seen. It was simple, cool and understated …’
Simon Esterson writes about The Sunday Times Magazine in the 1960s & 70s; André Mora talks about Talk.
Luis Mendo on the ‘Mystery’ issue of Wired. Stack’s Steven Watson on Zembla.
Concept / editor: Andrew Losowsky. Creative Director: Jeremy Leslie. Designer: Ling Ko. Price: £15.99. PDF: £12.99; Limited edition: £59.99.
All profits from My Favo(u)rite Magazine go to the fund of Bob Newman’s family.
For more details see the MagCulture blog.
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