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Archive for May, 2011

American magazine seeking people to interview in Sweden

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

K Composite is a magazine of engaging, colorful interviews with regular people.

Funny, smart and beautiful individuals who are unknown to the masses, are interviewed, photographed, and presented in vivid layouts.

K Composite is now being developed in Stockholm for the iPad. New issues will be distributed worldwide, free of charge, through Apple’s App Store.

SEEKING SUBJECTS

Publisher Scott Ritcher says the most important part of making each new issue is finding the right people to interview.

That’s why Ritcher, who has lived in Stockholm since 2009, is inviting Stockholmers to get involved. “Designing each edition begins with faces and personalities,” he says. “That’s why I like to cast a wide net. It’s like having more colors to choose from.”

Ordinary people who want to be featured in the magazine can show their interest at www.kcomposite.com/participate. The call is open to everyone, though the interviews and magazine are in English.

ORIGINS

K Composite launched it as a fanzine in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1991. It has expanded to color printing and wide distribution in the US.

Ira Glass of “This American Life” – no stranger to interviewing regular people – beamed, “I love K Composite.” Rolling Stone declared that being interviewed in K Composite was “the ultimate status symbol.” And Harper’s showed their affection by simply reprinting an excerpt of the magazine.

K Composite will debut on the iPad in August.

K Composite Magazine: www.kcomposite.com

CONTACT

kcomposite.net/contact
www.kcomposite.net/contact

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I want you to be in my iPad magazine

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I have published 13 issues of my own magazine, K Composite, which consists of interviews with my friends and regular, non-celebrity people.

Now I am working to launch the next issue in an amazing new edition on the iPad, distributed through Apple’s App Store. This video will tell you all about it – and how you can get involved!

Visit this project on Kickstarter.

What I am doing

K Composite Magazine began as a fanzine in 1991 and the first full-color edition was released in 1999.

The early issues gained a cult following and national attention through features in Rolling StoneHarper’sThe Chicago Tribune, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Ira Glass of This American Life beamed, “I love K Composite.”

Since then, the magazine has expanded to include other contributors who interview and photograph their own friends.

Moving the magazine to the iPad is already an exciting project. Gorgeous layouts will no longer be limited by the number of pages available, distribution costs will be dramatically decreased, and availability will be unprecedented.

How I am doing it

I have worked intensively with the Mag+ production team at Bonnier Magazines here in Stockholm for six months.

As a result, I will be able to produce this new edition of K Composite using the same professional Mag+ production tools that are employed for the iPad versions of magazines including Popular Science, Transworld Snowboarding, Sköna Hem, Elin Kling’s awesome StyleBy, and MacWorld Sweden.

Mag+ publications are stunning magazines with multiple layers and rich content. Steve Jobs himself hailed Mag+ in his 2010 keynote when discussing publications on the iPad, particularly Popular Science.

Standing on the shoulders of those giants, the innovative finished product of K Composite #14 will be a truly unique reading experience.

Kickstarter

I have launched this project on a creative funding site called Kickstarter. The money raised there will go toward production in the Mag+ environment and the costs of moving the magazine through the necessary gateways for worldwide distribution in the App Store.

As a reward for your support, you can have your picture in the magazine or even be featured in a complete interview!

Check out the project on Kickstarter and check out the magazine’s website at kcomposite.com.

Be in the magazine without spending a krona

I really want to get readers of my blog on The Local involved in this project!

If you’d like to take a shot at being interviewed in K Composite without spending a krona (or dollar), you don’t need to invest a single blueback (or greenback). Just apply on this page at the magazine’s website at kcomposite.com/participate. Be sure to mention that you heard about this through The Local!

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