Mineshaft Magazine

Mineshaft Magazine

Infobox Magazine
title=Mineshaft Magazine

image_caption=Mineshaft Magazine #15 Front Cover. Drawn and lettered by Robert Crumb
language=American English
category=comix, poetry, literature, photography
frequency=3 times a year
editors=Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri
firstdate=January, 1999
country=United States
website= [http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com]

"Mineshaft Magazine" is an independent international art magazine. It was started in 1999 by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri in Guilford, Vermont. First a magazine with a large focus on poetry and literature, the magazine began to publish comics after Robert Crumb began to contribute in 2000. The British newspaper, The Guardian's newsblog [ [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/arts_and_culture/2005/03/08/crumbland_a_brief_guide.html Dennis, Jon. "Crumbland: A brief guide." "The Guardian Newsblog", March 8, 2005.] ] refers to Mineshaft's website as a source to find out more about Robert Crumb's latest work.


"Mineshaft" was the idea of Everett Rand who was inspired by his friendship and correspondence with Irving Stettner who published the legendary underground magazine, "Stroker". "Stroker" published Henry Miller and Paul Bowles. The name for the magazine came from Rand's favorite bar in La Paz, Bolivia where he and co-editor, Gioia Palmieri, lived in the early 1990s cite web | url = http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/history.html | title = "How it all began... Mineshaft | first=Gioia |last=Palmieri | publisher = Mineshaft Magazine | accessdate = 2008-07-23 ] . The first issue of the magazine featured a drawing by Irving Stettner. After issue #4, Rand wrote to Robert Crumb who responded by sending a packet of sketchbook drawings. After issue #5, Crumb designed logos for the magazine which "Mineshaft" has been using ever since. Besides the magazine's logos, Robert Crumb's regular contributions include 9 front covers, 8 back covers, and a total to date of 124 pages of artwork and letterscite web | url = http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/issuesindex.html | title = "The Mineshaft Index to Back Issues | publisher = Mineshaft Magazine | accessdate = 2008-07-28 ] . After living and publishing "Mineshaft" in Vermont and West Virginia, the editors, Rand and Palmieri, moved their operations to Durham, North Carolina [ [http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A23260 Valentine, John. "One Crumb-y Cover." "IndyWeek.com.", December 8, 2004.] ] The magazine currently publishes new or previously unpublished material from some of the major artists of the underground comix movement, as well as other items which include poetry, photography and short essays.

Mineshaft Magazine's Recent Contributors

* Robert Crumb
* Aline Kominsky-Crumb
* Billy Childish
* Andrei Codrescu
* Mary Fleener
* Kim Deitch
* Sophie Crumb
* Bill Griffith
* Frank Stack
* Jay Lynch
* Jay Kinney
* Ed Piskor

Mineshaft Magazine's Front Cover Artists

* Mineshaft #1 Irving Stettner
* Mineshaft #3 Tommy Trantino
* Mineshaft #5, #6, #7, #9, #10, #11, #13, #15, #21 Robert Crumb
* Mineshaft #12 Kim Deitch
* Mineshaft #12 Phoebe Gloeckner
* Mineshaft #16 Robert Armstrong (American artist)
* Mineshaft #17 Frank Stack
* Mineshaft #18 Simon Deitch
* Mineshaft #19 Peter Bagge
* Mineshaft #20 Billy Childish
* Mineshaft #22 Robert Armstrong and Orrin J. Heller


Related Articles

* [http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/briefings/cr_reviews/12670/ "The Comics Reporter" by Tom Spurgeon reviews "Mineshaft" #21]
* WFMU [http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/11/mineshaft.html/ "Beware of the Blog" reviews "Mineshaft" #18]

External links

* [http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/ "Mineshaft magazine" official website]

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