“For those who don’t know Tavi Gevinson, let me bring you up to speed. In 2008, at the age of 12, Gevinson started a fashion blog Style Rookie that drew tens of thousands of readers a day. Due to the success, she was invited to attend New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, commissioned to write articles for fashion magazines, and even landed a modeling gig for a clothing line at Target. In 2011, she decided to stop writing primarily about fashion and founded Rookie Magazine, a blog focusing on issues impacting teenage girls written mainly by teenage girls. Some bold guest contributors included Lena Dunham, Miranda July, & Bethany Consentino. A popular series on the blog is the Ask a Grown Man videos with contributions from Paul Rudd, Jimmy Fallon , and Jon Hamm. In 2012, after releasing a print edition of the magazine, Rookie Yearbook One, Gevinson spoke at TEDxTeen focusing on representation of women in popular culture.
This brings us to 2013 for the release of Rookie Yearbook Two. There is something in Yearbook Two that all woman and even men can relate to. I think Anna Minard from The Stranger says it best, ” The book and the site feel like a riot, a celebration, overflowing with advice and hero worship and a sort of road map to your own agency, no matter what age or gender you are.” (from Vera’s website)
Join the Vera Project today as Tavi Gevinson and other contributors will be reading and signing yearbooks for the launch FOR FREE. They’ll even have a zine workshop in conjunction with Short Run and Elliot Bay.
Once a year I get to chose magazines for my teen collection. I try to keep a balance of music, manga, fashion, skating and literature. I was disappointed last year after I placed my order that Thrasher was discontinued (but they still show up every month…). Later it became apparent that we would never get an issue of Shameless; they also bit the dust.
Photo by Mannobhai
Now it seems that the economy is thinning more of the herd. Manga and Anime favorites, NewType USA, PiQ, Anime Insider & Shojo Beat have all ceased publication in the last year.
Music is the next one to feel the hit, including Vibe, Blender, Black Beat, and many others. Jonah Weiner of Slate magazine has some insight as to why music magazines are going under.
Cultural magazines have also felt the heat; popular magazine Muslim Girl is gone as well.
How do you feel about magazines in all their silky paper glory? Is it just as good to read some of these online, if that is an option? Vibe and Thrasher are online.
Where will you feel the loss most?
In the mean time, my magazine section is getting ghostly.
…that draws me to them. At one point in my life I had eight different monthly subscriptions. Honestly it was hard to read that many magazines, not to mention I ended up having stacks of them everywhere.
My money saving solution is to check out library magazines. You cannot check out the current issue of a specific magazine, but all other issues are fair game.
I choose the magazine(s) I am interested in and head up to the circulation desk. The staff places the magazine(s) in a bag and helps me check out the bag. I love being able to get Sunset, Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, Seattle, and many others with my library card.