Found at Magma, Covent Garden (in no particular order):
1. Little White Lies
Published by Little White Lies, London | Edited by Danny Miller | £3.95
An excellent independent film magazine. That’s independent magazine, not independent film. You get me. Really good production values and smart reviews. Each issue is themed by a current film, which is illustrated for the cover.
2. Boat Magazine
Published by Boat Studio Ltd, London | Edited by Erin Spens | £10
A great concept – an issue devoted entirely to a ‘forgotten city’. This one, their first, is set in Sarajevo (I assume they will look at a different one each issue). They have reprinted an excerpt from Dave Eggers’, How We Are Hungry, and put his name in a coverline which I thought was pretty cheeky. I’m not sure about this one. I haven’t read it properly yet which is often a tell-tale sign of something… NQR. It’s lovely to hold, though I think a bit over-designed, as magazines are tending to be at the moment.
3. Lost in London
Published by Lost in London | Edited by Lucy Scott | £10
Again, a good concept – it’s devoted to ‘living simply in the city’, ie. city gardens, quiet nooks, secret places to swim. A little twee for me but I appreciate what they’re doing. Should be a hit with the Frankie set.
Published by Frame Publishers, Amsterdam | Edited by Marc Valli | £14.99
This visual culture magazine has a huge following in the UK and in Australia, particularly among the design community (I’m looking at you Mikie Inglis) who find it deeply arousing – although they might not read it, they probably collect it. It also showcases some good new artists. It is edited by Marc Valli, who also owns Magma. How is it possible that this person can multi-task to this extent? He must have a robotic exo-skeleton.
5. Le Gun
Published by Le Gun, London | Edited by a team too long to type out but I’m sure they’re all very good people | £20
Okay I’m gonna say it, this is a bit of a favourite. It’s a large-format whopper of an immersive magazine experience. It contains mind-blowing illustration, with a thin (incomprehensible) narrative line going through; the whole thing reminded me a bit of ‘The Head’ or ‘The Maxx’ – those MTV cartoons on Eat Carpet in the mid-nineties. Anyway it is brillo.