CALL FOR ENTRIES: There is no theme for the next issue. The deadline is June 20th for all art and writing entries. Please read our terms of publishing here. If you would like to be featured in this issue, contact us at ZIGZAGCREW@GMAIL.COM

Nov 26, 2010

Back Issues

If you're curious to see how Zigzag started, here's your chance. I just uploaded PDF versions of the back issues to our server. A big wet thanks to Corey Ryan for the subdomain.
Click to preview or rightclick to download (each is about 30mb):




The first issue came out in April of 2010. We agreed to print anything people sent to us (with the exception of the proverbial MS PAINT dongs) and ended up with a few gems. Karen Arango was proudly featured in the centerfold. This was the debut of N.O. Moriar (a mystery to this day) and Clay Barclay. The release of Zigzag #1 required a cardboard sign made out of a PBR box. Suffice to say, the campus security guards were not amused.

With the three of us meeting in the graphic design labs on a regular basis, it became apparent we were serious about producing our own 'zine. About a month later, Zigzag #2 went to print. The design was tighter and the content was fairly cohesive. This second issue continued to feature a mix of poems, drawings, photographs, and single page comics. The contributors were predominantly Ringling students from various majors. Fine artist Matt Coombs had a re-occurring spot, as well as alumni Joey Heart, whose artwork floods the cover and the inside spread.

Zigzag #3 was a summer project. After painstakingly assembling a record 500 copies, we were ready to release it with a bang. The release show was a celebration of creative potential in a small city. Most notably, the third issue features photographs by Kenneth Sterling, short science fiction stories by Brett Bonnet (Nomads of the Nook), and comics by Danielle McDonough. The cover illustration is based on my experience at Jointcollective shows in Sarasota.

Nov 21, 2010

My Mom Digs My Sh**


The Zigzag Crew: left to right/top to bottom: Van Jazmin, Jack Quack, Cameron Cottril, Michael Bailey, and Brett Lindstrom. On the scene of the our first independent exhibition in Sarasota. The show, titled My Mom Digs My Sh**, featured paintings by Brett J. Lindstrom, Matt Coombs, and Walter Matthews. Please take a moment to check out their works, because these guys are ready to take off to another planet.

Even though I coordinated the event, I didn't see the paintings until the opening. It was an impressive sight. Imagine dynamic street colors, enigmatic layered pictures, and revelations of dark worlds contained in window-like canvases. All of this inside of a quaint church built in the late 1800s. What a pleasure it must have been to discover such subterranean mystique around the corner. Most art openings in Sarasota are targeted at the ritz or the pits, but this was a wonderful mix. Inter-generational. Not to mention there were many beautiful women drinking wine. Success!

Click here to see more photos from the exhibition. (courtesy of Ted Weber and Bob the Elder)

Love or Hate

Zigzag Magazine began as an idea planted in a pile of loose sketches, scribbled lists on graph paper, and a collective need for expansion. Each of the first four issues improved on the last, and each gradually has grown further beyond the college campus where it was hewn. ZigZag now features artists from throughout the nation, packaging the voices of new artists and writers into a user friendly creative showcase for the world to gawk at.

The first release party was a packed open mic slam with freestyle beat-boxing and live painting. Sarasota's subterranean scene had come out of the woodwork. The message of the night's speeches would carry on, "Do what you love. Live in the present. Be yourself and be remembered."

Upcoming issues will feature a higher more selective quality of work from students, amateurs, and professional artists as well as full color printed pages. The hope is to maintain an entertaining medium of free expression, while also managing to be a respected resource for new talent and inspiration.

Next issue and how to contribute:
The next issue has a theme, LOVE/HATE. One side of the 'zine features art or writing that deals with LOVE, and the flip-side deals in HATE. Each piece should be either LOVE OR HATE, not both. We are accepting color and B/W entries for this issue! If you would like to be featured in the love/hate issue, please email a high quality image or document to ZIGZAGCREW@GMAIL.COM