My good friend, Deanne Beattie, launched Sad Mag in 2009 with Brandon Gaukel. Straight out of school, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Deanne and Brandon created a quarterly magazine to celebrate East Vancouver’s independent art and culture. Sad Mag publishes the work of burgeoning writers and visual artists and is completely volunteer run. It is truly amazing the amount of work the Sad Mag team has poured into this magazine the past two years.
I admire Deanne and Brandon so much for having the courage, tenacity, and creative vision to start Sad Mag with limited resources and publishing experience. I would never have the nerve to take on such a huge undertaking when I was 22 years old.
I anticipate the launch of each Sad Mag issue and am always excited to see the image chosen for the cover. Sad Mag’s cover art has evolved quite a bit over the past six issues. I love how the team has experimented with illustration and photography. The covers from issue five and six (below) are definitely my favourite. The magazine keeps getting better and better!
The Sad Mag team has been hard at work on their biggest project of the year: issue 7/8, a special double issue commemorating Vancouver’s queer history from 1960-today. I cannot wait to see what image they choose for the cover! Anticipation!
The new issue launches Thursday, November 3 at the Cobalt, and I hope you’ll Sad Mag in honouring Vancouver’s incredible artists, performers, and community leaders. For more information check out the facebook event.