For Lisa Cook and Jason Hitchcock, it took just one awful experience to plant the seed for an artistic collaborative dream. "A few months ago, Jason was working for a really horrible, sexist magazine," says Cook. Not long after the artist quit doing design work for the unnamed publication, he and Cook got the idea for Truly Rejected, a new local magazine celebrating the release of its first issue this Friday, July 6, at 3 Kings Tavern.
See Also: -Best of Denver 2012: 3 Kings Tavern, Best Jukebox -Q&A: Impossible Winterborne's unsanctioned public art goes steampunk -Best of Denver 2012: Rakun, Best Santa Fe Drive Boutique The creative couple share a background in fine art and graphic design, and have been making art, clothing and music in Denver for a long time (you may recognize Cook from bands like The Emmas and Turbo Knife Fight). They envisioned the content for Truly Rejected as covering interesting, odd and authentically underground people, places and events happening in and around Denver. The magazine's mission statement says it all:
We are the Outsiders, Outcasts and Oddballs. We are the Underground. We are the forgotten. We are the mixed up, messed up, fucked up, fabulously artistic people, places and things. We are what make Denver a unique and inspiring place. A city where we, The Truly Rejected live, love and create. Demanding the world become a little more aware of the beautiful unusual.
The DIY publishers called on close friends to help with the writing and editing, and Hitchcock took on the tasks of layout and design of all advertisements. "We didn't charge for the ads for this first issue, and Jason did all of the design for free," says Cook.
The inaugural issue features art from Zak Kinsella and Impossible Winterborne, profiles of both Broken Shovels farm and avant garde musician and Denver underground legend Little Fyodor, and more. The magazine will be free and available in art galleries, hair salons, independent boutiques and music venues around the city.
For now, Cook says, Truly Rejected is planning to be a quarterly publication.
For Friday's release, Little Fyodor -- Truly Rejected's first cover subject -- will be performing at 3 Kings along with The Bloody Fives, Two Tone Wolf Pack, Onemanna Anna and Reverend Deadeye. Work by local artists as well as clothing from Rakun and Fast Geek Boutique will be for sale. Cook even promises a pink piñata filled with drink tickets, toys from Plastic Chapel and condoms.
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