Thursday, January 19, 2012

Volume 1, Issues 1-3 of The Shantyquarian are now available online

Our first three issues are scanned and uploaded! We had an amazing first weekend, publishing three issues on the fly. The Letterpress Shanty hand-set type for a new issue each morning, printed over 600 broadsides, hand-set 67 submissions, distributed roughly 200 postcards--all while engaging, educating and entertaining an estimated 2000 visitors the first weekend of Art Shanty Projects.

It's no wonder we had so many typographical errors. Sigh. But we're letting go the gross imperfections and embracing our cockamamie project. One of our visitors said that we reminded him of tramp printers, and we''re flattered by the comparison; they were known for a high level of precision and artistry to which we aspire. Plus, many of them were drunks! Our team is guided by experienced letterpress printers and book artists who are learning just how exhausting and exhilarating it is to try to turn around a letterpress paper from start to finish in just a few hours.

Take a look and see if you've been published. If not, don't despair: we still have 6 more issues worth of tweets and messages in a bottle print! That's over two more weeks to submit and three more weekends to come visit us on Medicine Lake. We'll be announcing your published tweets on Twitter.

Take a look and see if you've been published, or just enjoy the sweetness and absurdity of what we've done so far:

Shantyquarian 1-1 Saturday 1-14

Shantyquarian 1-2 Sunday 1-15

Shantyquarian 1-3 Monday 1-16

We've added a Published Issues tab above , which will eventually link to all 9 issues of The Shantyquarian.

Follow @shantyquarian on Twitter. Tag your tweets with #shantyQ to get published on an old-fashioned press on the ice.

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