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Harajuku Subculture Magazine KERA To Cease Print Publication After 19 Years

The monthly Japanese fashion magazine KERA - launched in 1998 with the concept of “the most real Harajuku Street Magazine” - will publish their final print issue on April 15, 2017. After that date, the magazine will shift to digital only. Also, publication of KERA!’s famous “Gothic & Lolita Bible” will be suspended on May 24th.

Starting on May 16th, 2017, “KERA” will begin publishing content through a “comprehensive website” that includes a digital magazine and social media. They will also continue to run the popular KERA SHOP ecommerce website and collaborate with other shops and fashion brands around Japan.
imagine CEO namjoon.

Originally posted by cuteguk

  • what’s there to say? we already know he’s a great leader.
  • heir to the country’s largest publishing/printing firm.
  • also the greenest publishing/printing company in the country, like top five in the world, all thanks to namjoon’s initiatives.
  • he takes the whole inheriting business thing very seriously, determined to deserve the company and to be the best boss ever.
  • graduates early from a prestiged business school abroad and shares the responsibilities at the company to give his ageing father a break.
  • he’s so !!!! invested !!! in the health and happiness of his employees !!!!
  • wins All The Awards, for his green initiatives, planting trees, and making jobs, and protecting the environment ect, but also for having the happiest employees in the country.
  • he’s always arranging conferences and seminars for his employees to educate and encourage health/happiness/safety/equal opportunity/respect/ect in the workplace.
  • he works so hard to make sure everyone even down to the lowest branches are insured and that there are daycares and mom’s get the paid leave they need and deserve and that everyone gets and equal and fair wage.
  • bless him.
  • unfortunately all this work on top of his official workload means he doesn’t have much time to look after himself.
  • but in his mind he’s suffering is worth the safety and health of so many others he doesn’t even mind tho he’s kinda sad.
  • so, you work in the HR department.
  • and the head of the department fucks off on maternity leave and by some miracle ???? you get a hasty promotion.
  • no, you’re not really the head of HR but your function is pretty much the same and you don’t mind because the pay is goOD.
  • part of your responsibilities as head is to keep namjoon briefed on the general mood and concern of the people in his branch, i.e the large building full of people he feels directly responsible for.
  • he even has a whole suggestion box system, so once a week you just have to go through the notes people leave you and present a list to namjoon with a few possible solutions etc.
  • piece of cake.
  • except he’s hot as all hell.
  • i mean, it’s not a problem, far from it, he’s just very distracting.
  • but your meetings with him are the highlight of your work week so you do a really good job or at least you try, and also wear something nice.
  • and you think he’s just kinda clumsy and awkward.
  • but actually he finds you really distracting as well.
  • and your meetings are A Mess for the first month or so, until you get into the swing of things and get your shit together.
  • and the complaints he gets are never a big deal because everyone is happy and has nothing to complain about like ???
  • his secretary complaining that him playing smooth jazz all day in his office is getting kinda annoying and please would he play some classical or maybe bossa nova for a change.
  • or that his wacky ties and other questionable fashion choices are giving them a headache.
  • or jeon jungkook complaining about someone’s coffee breath again.
  • an anonymous submission says jimin is apparently??? too??? cute???
  • jung hoseok won’t stop moonwalking to the photocopier while humming thriller and it’s not even october and michael jackson doesn’t even moonwalk to thriller ugh ???????
  • yoongi keeps falling asleep at his desk and forgetting to go home at the end of the day.
  • harmless stuff like that. 
  • (namjoon stays late so he starts driving yoongi home because that’s just the kind of Great boss he is.)
  • and most of the time you two spend these meeting gossiping about drama between the departments and rolling on the floor laughing.
  • and you’re so in awe that someone can be so wonderful and selfless, making use of his privilege to protect people less fortune than him.
  • and your meeting are usually after lunch, so you come back from lunch to find him buried in paperwork and you begin to wonder, who takes care of him?
  • you ask if he had lunch and he’s like lol of course not have you met me
  • and you suggest postponing the meeting because there’s nothing urgent going on and you can take care of “kim taehyung keeps sneaking his dog into the office” on your own.
  • but he’s like “nO!!! please, our meetings are the only break i get, they keep me sane, they’re kinda the highlight of my week.”
  • and you sputter like ????? “im,,,what??? me ?? too?”
  • from that day on he starts taking you out for lunch every week and that way your meetings get twice as long.
  • and eventually you have to ask him, since nothing is going on in the office, “what about you, namjoon? how are you doing?”
  • and he thinks for a moment and he’s like “you know what, i feel kinda shitty actually.”
  • so you let him vent all his sadness and weird existential thoughts and angst for a few weeks and eventually suggest maybe he takes responsibility for his own health and happiness and maybe a good step would be to see a therapist?
  • and he does because he values your opinion and honestly it’s the only selfish thing he’s done in years and it makes him feel 1000001x better to have his concerns and ideas affirmed and listened to by a professional. therapy is cool, kids.
  • and one day shy joonie hands you a little poem he wrote you on a post-it, describing all the little detail he’s observed about him that makes his heart race and his head go all slow and foggy.
  • because he really,,,,,,,,,,,,, really likes you, and hopes this isn’t weird or anything if you don’t feel the same way that’s cool but he’s felt this way for a while and you’re the best thing that’s happened to him since this company and he just thought you deserved to know and he’s sorry.
  • and you have to like glue yourself to that dining chair so you don’t climb that dang table and throw yourself at him because namjoon is the most wonderful man on earth you treasure him and you want to keep him safe and happy because he deserves as much kindness as he’s prepared to give and he has nothing to be sorry for and you love him.
  • and he loves you too.
  • anyway, nsfw under the cut.

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Writer Talk: Basics of Querying

1. Always address the agent by name.
“Dear Agent” is a rookie’s mistake, it shows a lack of interest, research as well as effort. It’s akin to addressing someone as “Dear person”. They have a name, let’s show courtesy and use it.

2. Do your research.
Make sure you know what a query implies (hook, summary, author bio), what each agent asks for in their query, and your work’s details (word length, genre, target audience, to readers of what books/writers it would appeal to) which you add in the query. Know your genre and target audience so you can target the right agents that rep those categories, otherwise you’re wasting everybody’s time including your own.

3. Stay professional.
This means be yourself, but don’t exaggerate with gimmicks, jokes, getting too cozy with the agent (for all intents and purposes you’re a stranger so it’s creepy), being humble to the point of begging (my friend give yourself some credit), or being confident to the point of arrogance (“this is the best thing since sliced bread”, you know what I mean). We’re all human, just doing our best, but remember this is first impressions. You can be your witty and wildly enthusiastic self afterwards.

4. Be calculated.
Is this your dream, and are determined to spend as many months or years necessary to get your book out there? If you just nodded, I applaud you. Or is it just a hobby and you’d enjoy seeing your name in print, but would give up after a couple of rejections? (If you just want to be famous, the world needs a better motive.) Furthermore, what’s your querying strategy? Do you want a small or major publishing company? Print or e-book (or both)? What’s your back-up plan, if any? In short, just make sure you know what you want and how much effort and time you’re willing to invest in this.


What is Concrete Poetry?

A new exhibition at the Getty Research Institute explores the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ‘60s, and '70s. Featuring works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry explores how these artists invented new forms such as cube poems and standing poems and continuously re-created their projects across media. Poetry by contemporaries including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams also plays a prominent role.

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space is on view through July 30, 2017 at the Getty Research Institute.


HOLY PRINTERS: The printed object


Holy printers is a visual study of the printer machine and the action of printing but also a visual response to the question: IS PRINT DEAD? Proposing the functional object as a symbol of the culture it’s involved and how it’s being glitched out of it.

Holy printers is separated in two projects: one is printed and the other one digital in order to create a dialogue between the computer and the printer. This is the tangible part of the project.

watch the digital part here: holy printers: the audiovisual

Printed in riso green and black
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
By James Somers

You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one.

At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages.

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

On March 22 of that year, however, the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Entertainment Contract Excerpts

Today someone I know sent me some excerpts from a short-term entertainment contract.  This kind of entertainment doesn’t lend itself to long-term celebrity, though some notoriety can happen (and hopefully will for a some of these folks).

But the clauses were so outrageous that I wanted to share a bit. This is the best example I’ve seen, in contract language, of what 1D and Zayn have been up against. Because if a short-term player has to sign something this outrageous, you know that people that expected to be publicized in a far more traditional way have similar language in their contracts.

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Book Thoughts at 2pm...

I get it.. it costs money to publish a book, and not every book needs to be on every shelf, year after year after year. I get that. I do.


What I don’t get is how a publisher and author can allow a book, a historically important book, a book that captures a specific time and place in a way no other book can or does… like the first hand account of a Pulitzer prize winning journalists experiences during the early years of the Vietnam war culminating in his photographic capture of the protest by self-immolating Buddhist monk in Saigon … to just stop being published and lost to time!

My solution is simple…. if you don’t want to publish the book anymore, and I get that, books are expensive to print and bind… make them available as ebooks!!!!

I don’t care if you use amazon, or throw it up on overdrive or smashwords, just allow the book to be accessible!

In fact, if I was overdrive.. or wanted to be a competitor, I’d add that as a contract stipulation… any time you have a book you no longer want to publish in print, give it to us so libraries can still offer it to their patrons! Talk about a way of preserving knowledge and history and stories!

I have almost 400 books in my collection that are no longer in print. But not just that, these 398 books are almost impossible to find used in a condition better than average or “good” (which isnt good at all ). Even these acceptable books that I paid 6 bucks or less for in the 90s, now fetch between 30-60 bucks each and that’s just wrong. These are important books and should be accessible to many and ebooks are the way to allow that, I feel.

Print on demand would also be good but I don’t know i that has the scale-ability that overdrive does just yet.


anonymous asked:

Hopefully your publishing company prints a lot of copies of your book because I have a feeling it's gonna be in high demand.

Well I certainly hope so but honestly, I’m just dead pleased I even have a book regardless of how many are sold, haha.

Making Love to El Cerrito Place/Falling Asleep at 35 mph

Northbound past

midnight, an angel

asleep in the

passenger seat, a

joyride to our lovers.

Twenty minutes past

Sandy Hook, all I see

are her curled fingers

her stern collarbones

her porcelain skin.

Somewhere between

espresso shots and

Come on Eileen I

shoot awake I palm

the wheel we

crash into travesty as if

it had a shape, each line

breaks into song, breaks

like bones, snaps like

My father. The

flash of my steel

steed against that

gunmetal railing, the

scent of burnt rubber

through broken glass,

the sharp of an airbag

cracks against your

frame like a whip.

A Greyhound takes me

to her in Boston where

she says I cried at how I

nearly killed my best friend

for a conjugal visit.

Now I

paint her lips, softer

and softer like easing

onto the highway ramp

and never coming home.

“ I feel like it’s more easy for authors to become disillusioned than it is for magazine and web writers to become disillusioned because when you’re writing for a print or an online magazine you kind of are required to know how the sausage is made to get your work out there. It’s kind of required to know what editors are looking for, how they want you to interact with them, how to invoice for your contracts. That stuff is pretty much required in order to be any sort of writer staff or freelance. But I think for a lot of authors it can be disillusioning because you’re imagining this fairy tale where you write a beautiful book and people love it.” –Alaina Leary

anonymous asked:

What are good tabletop rpgs for superheroes?

Tricky one. My number one recommendation is unfortunately out of print, so I’m going to provide a couple of backup options as well.

My top marks to go Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. One of the final titles from Margaret Weiss Productions before she left the tabletop RPG biz to focus on her film projects, it’s a fascinating bit of genre emulation that “gets” Western superhero comics like no other game I’ve ever seen.

Mechanically, the core of the system is Affiliations, which take the place of more conventional traits like Strength or Agility. The three Affiliations are Solo, Buddy and Team, with their ratings reflecting how effective each hero is in various contexts. For example, if your highest rating is in Solo, you can basically use your best stat whenever you want, but you can’t roll Solo and accept help - mechanically represented by lending dice - at the same time, so the price you pay for self-sufficiency is vulnerability to being ganged up on. Conversely, if your highest rating is in Team, you’re basically unstoppable with your squad at your back, since you can stack your best Affiliation on top of all those assistance dice - but if you’re caught alone, you’re doubly hosed, since you’re denied access to your best stat on top of nobody having your back.

This is paired with super-power mechanics that rank various abilities in terms of productivity, not just in terms of scale. There are only three “grades” of superhuman traits, with significant overlap, so it’s entirely possible for, say, Captain America’s Super-Strength d8 to beat the Incredible Hulk’s Super-Strength d12. This doesn’t mean that Captain America overpowered the Hulk; it just means that Captain America’s super-strength ended up helping him in that situation and the Hulk’s didn’t. Figuring out what that means in narrative terms is up to the players.

Beyond the basic dice-rolling mechanics, MHR is notable for breaking the “one player, one character” convention harder than just about any other game I’ve ever seen. You can bring your own original character to the table if you want, but each scenario also comes with a roster of pre-statted heroes who are participating in that event, and anyone can jump into any role at any time. Yes, any time. Not only does this mean that you won’t necessarily be playing the same hero in every scene, it means that a given hero won’t necessarily be played by the same player in every scene!

It’s both accepted and expected for players to call dibs on their favourite heroes - so, for example, you can say that you get to be Spider-Man in any scene where he’s present - but if nobody calls dibs on a given role, that character can end up getting passed around a fair bit. I once participated in session of MHR where the Hulk was played by a different player every single time he showed up, and great fun was had by all.

Like I said, it’s out of print (the publisher lost the license from Marvel back in 2013), so buying used is your only option here. That’s why I’m going to provide a backup recommendation:

Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion

This isn’t a standalone game; rather, it’s an add-on for the fantasy roleplaying title Savage Worlds. I’ve recommended other games that build on Savage Worlds in the past, some of them superhero-oriented themselves - like The Kerberos Club, if Victorian urban fantasy superheroes are your thing. The Super Powers Companion is a non-milieu-specific adaptation of the same material, so it’s good for pretty much whatever you want to do with your supers. The buy-in’s a little pricey, since you’ll need the Savage Worlds core rulebook to use the Super Powers Companion, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re looking to start a collection, since there are any number of other games that also build on the Savage Worlds core.

No real surprises here - this is a much more conventional game than Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. It stands out from the crowd mostly in terms of accessibility. If you want something goofy and esoteric, that’s where my second backup recommendation comes in:

Double Cross

This one’s a localised Japanese RPG about people who’ve been infected by an alien virus that gives them super powers. Uncommonly for superhero RPGs, it’s basically a class-based system, with each “character class” representing a particular syndrome caused by the virus, ranging from the gravity-manipulating Balors, to the shapeshifting Exiles, to the hyper-intelligent Neumanns.

Like many Japanese tabletop RPGs, Double Cross incentivises engaging with the interpersonal side of play by literally blowing up your character if you don’t. Cultivating relationships with regular humans - amusingly termed “Loises” by the system - is the only way to prevent the super-virus from turning you into a monster, so there’s a constant cycle of powering up to beat the baddies, then cooling off via low-key interpersonal scenes. Or, you know, just going all out and blowing yourself up.

Now, I want to caution that this isn’t the best translation. Some of the localised Japanese titles I’ve recommended in the past, like Ryuutama or Golden Sky Stories, have had very good English localisatons. This is not the case with Double Cross; its English ranges from stilted to downright gnomic, though the latter is thankfully rare. It’s totally playable, but not always the easiest read.

Double Cross is definitely more on the Prototype/Infamous end of the superhero scale than the Avengers end (with perhaps a sprinkling of Persona if you stick with the game’s default high school setting), so it may not be what you’re after - but if it is, you can grab the core rulebook in PDF here. The printed version is out of stock with the publisher at the time of this writing, with no ETA on a reprint.