Last week I had the honour of introducing the incredible Janine Vangool at the AMPA (Alberta Magazine Publishers Association) conference in Calgary, Alberta. Janine is the creator, editor, publisher, designer (basically a one-women force of creativity) of the one-of-a-kind Uppercase magazine.
Having just reached it's five year anniversary, this magazine is impressive for a few reasons.
First of all, it was launched and has survived through some of the worst years in history for print pieces, and has done so with almost NO advertising!
Secondly, the piece is $18 an issue — a pretty hefty price tag for something that it supposed to be disposable. So why do people pay for it? The stories are about inspiring, creative individuals that don't have an expiry date, and the artwork — and heavy paper it is printed on — makes the piece as valuable as your favourite coffee table book.
Trust me, it is something that you will covet and want to flip through again and again.
Janine accepts contributors from all over the world, and for the first time this year, the piece will be available on news stands across Canada and in parts of the UK.
Learn more about this inspiring magazine and Janine here.