Stupor is a zine that has been creating a visual and written record of Hamtramck (a city within Detroit) and its people over the last 22 years. Each issue of this zine is the result of collaboration between local storytellers, talented visual artists, and Stupor's creator, Steve Hughes.
Each issue collects true stories from people Hughes meets, mostly from a barstool, mostly in the Detroit area. They drink. They talk. Hughes listens, and writes it all wrong. Later, after he puts his creative non-fiction spin on the original transcription, he gives them to an artist who creates the visuals for each issue.
Overall, it's a great community collaborative art project that elevates the voices of the night owls, artists, loners, weirdos, blue collar moms and dads out on date night, non-practicing children of Muslim immigrants, elderly Polish veterans, and anyone else you might run into during a night out at a bar in this bizarre, unique city.
Find out more at: stuporzine.com
And here's a link to a video Steve made about his collaborating artist for the issue "Soft Gun."
It shows how they came to realize the theme of the issue which is "masculine failure." Also it's an important part of the process now—to create a video component for each issue.
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