Editors’ Note, March 2015
Issue No. 7 – March, 2015
March 15, 2015
Are you ready!? Are you reaaaaaaaaaady? Are you reaaaaaaaaaady for some incrementaaaaaaaaaal improooooooooovements!? (Activate Halloween-colored strobe lights.) (Activate fog machine.) (Activate boom box containing CD [Jock Jams, Vol. 2], taking care to skip voice track of ESPN personalities Dan Patrick and Chris “Boomer” Berman, moving directly into hour-long loop of 2 Unlimited.)
Yes, Buffalo Almanack continues to get a little bit better by piecemeal, just like last issue! Much like rust, we do not sleep. Sometimes literally so. Because it’s 6am on release day and we’ve been slapping this thing together for so long now that the anchors on the TV news are already calling tonight “yesterday.” What can we say? The best things in life are those that happen at the latest possible minute, to the direct detriment of your physical and mental health. Never forget that.
Right, the improvements. Best one’s got to be our new Woodshop Talk feature, in which we interview our two Inkslinger winners about the very stories and photographs they’ve published in this issue. Michael Deagler and Justin Hamm, our two masters in Creative Excellence, have so much goodness to offer on pages 31 and 73. Or, if, you know, words aren’t your thing, we’ve got comix now! The ever-spectacular featured artist Devon McFarland gets the ball rolling on this brave new medium with his deliciously fucked series “Boo Hoo” on page 35, followed immediately by Peter Witte with his grand minimalist one-off “Two Birds.” Remember: Buffalo Almanack is nothing if not a friend to all visual art forms, no matter how many colors, panels or fair use-protected Garfield cameos they contain! Well, except sculpture. How would we even publish something like that? Fuck sculpture.
Perhaps most exciting of all, we’re also opening a public Call for Submissions for our first-ever theme issue, “Where Thou Art.” We’re looking for short stories, creative non-fiction essays (another first!) and visual arts that represent your hometowns, home states, home countries and general happy places…and we’re offering cash prizes for those homely enough to step to the plate. Skip on over to page 61 to learn more!
Speaking of pages, you’ll also notice that this issue is basically 200 pages long. That’s insane. Consider it a benefit of our online-only publishing platform. Consider it also the reason we haven’t gone to sleep yet. Let our insomnia become your satisfaction with expanded interviews starring photographer Loli Kantor and author Ravi Mangla, globe-hopping and eye-popping photojournalism from Frank Hallam Day and – as always – four of the best short fictions you’ll ever read, courtesy of Jacob Michael King, Eric Boehling Lewis, Makenzie Barron and the aforementioned Mr. Deagler.
It’s going to be one incredible issue – the best since the last and the best until the next!
Y’all ready for this?
All the best,
Max and Katie