Good news! Portland’s luscious literary arts magazine Plazm will truly be releasing the 20-year anniversary issue of their magazine, and soon. They made the announcement earlier this week, after proclaiming about a month ago that they were having troubles meeting printer costs (their printer was bought out by another company). Alison mentioned their Kickstarter earlier on our blog; as of Sunday it had raised all the necessary funds. They still have a couple days left of the fundraiser, though, and it includes great art prizes by local favorites Storm Tharp, Michael Brophy, and Midori Hirose, as well as some other quirky prizes (a rocket ship?).
Not sure what Plazm is? Read a brief history, after the jump.
Our former arts writer, Chas Bowie, glowingly described the magazine as such: “Chock full of beautifully reproduced artworks, terrific articles, and innovative design, Plazm is like an extraction of the best elements of the New Yorker and McSweeney's rolled up into one perfect-bound periodical." It’s a literary arts magazine founded in 1991 by people like Joshua Berger, Karynn Fisher, Patrick Bardel, and others, before Portland’s creative scene was on the map. Under the tutelage of publications like Bomb, Plazm began as a quarterly, but is now annual and involves writers like Tiffany Lee Brown and Jon Raymond. The production of the magazine is an art in itself, with fancy pages of full-color printing and perfect-bound binding. Hey, they’re even included in the collection of SFMoMA! Past issues have included contributions from David Byrne, Yoko Ono, The Guerrilla Girls, Raymond Pettibon, and the list goes on; here's hoping it will continue to go on.