The 2015 Art Exchange Program zine grant closed December 31st 2015... and the results are now in!
(And the 2016 is on! ... Deadline is Dec 31st 2016)
I want to scream out a thanks to everyone that participated this year, it was an overwhelming amount of great work. I think I developed an ulcer trying to decide, but it was worth it. We had comics and stories, interviews and fables, depression and comedy, strangeness and travel logs. It's been a great year.
My life was saved when I started making zines, I was an awkward kid, and now an equally awkward adult, and I suddenly discovered people all over the world making things, art for the sake of art... art as its own reward. These names you read below, each and everyone of them, they get up every day and try to make something. They are contributing to the conversation about what it means to be alive.
I'm a bit of a annoying cheerleader when it comes to making things, I want everyone to do it. I can talk endlessly about it, but this grant is my way to try and help someone do it, to encourage them to continue, or at the very least; to just thank them for doing it.
Print is not dead, but it's up to us to not let it die. Thank you for keeping it alive.
AND HERE'S A LITTLE MORE IMPORTANT INFO: I've started a new project called POPUPCO-OP.COM It's a NYC pop-up based artist collective focuses on a lo-fi way to randomly have small art festivals.
My girlfriend Shannon Green has paid for a spot for the top 6 winners to share. All sales of their zines will go directly to them.
HELP ME HELP OTHERS!
Promote the Art Exchange Program, Don't keep it to yourself.
The AxP Crop Mark Merit Award 2015 Each Merit winner will recieve The Book Conquest Merit Badge from PatchFever* and a MYSTERY BOOK!*
Anne Rita Taylor Taylor Zine: Paris
Marianne Evans-Lombe Sisterspeak
Sarah Crosthwaite and Company Satyr
Erika Lipkes Safari Park of Love
Z.F. Thrimej When Deadlines Become Zombies
Jack Probst Unheard
Heather Welborm and Mickey McGee Release the Hounds
* DISCLAIMER: The people responsible for making the prizes I give out; Nerd Merit Badges, Austin Kleon, Patch Fever, and THE MYSTERY BOOK'S author, have no affiliation with the carbon based mistake or the Art Exchange Program or any side projects by me, Marc Calvary. I just like what they make and think these prizes are great for the encouragement and the advancement of the world of zines.