ILLUSTORIA-MCSWEENEY’S COMBO SUBSCRIPTION
This is the combo subscription for both Illustoria and McSweeney’s Quarterly. For just Illustoria, click here. For just the Quarterly, click here.
“A key barometer of the literary climate.” —The New York Times on McSweeney’s Quarterly
“This is the kind of magazine you keep on your bookshelves with your favorite books.”
— Cece Bell, author of El Deafo, on Illustoria Magazine
In celebration of our 21st year, and to welcome Illustoria magazine into the McSweeney’s fold, we are ecstatic to offer unto you the Illustoria/McSweeney’s Combo Subscription. Whether a literal family in need of reading material to enjoy at the proverbial Sunday morning breakfast table, or an individual lover of both high quality literature and the very best in children’s illustration, this combo truly offers something for everyone.
Subscribe now to receive the next four issues of our always surprising, always redesigned, three-time National Magazine Award-winning literary journal, featuring the best fiction and nonfiction we can get our hands on, AND the next three issues of the beloved art and storytelling magazine for children and their grownups, celebrating visual storytelling, makers, and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts, and activities, delivered right to your doorstep at an absolutely can-not-be-beat price.
With the sort of year we have planned, there’s never been a better time to subscribe. Here’s what we have up our collective sleeves next:
Illustoria #12: Upcycle
Explore the wide world of creative re-use! Meet artists who transform found objects into visual delights, and visit the Museum of Trash–curated rubbish collected by a sanitation worker. Learn about fungi, nature’s original ‘upcyclers’, and raid your kitchen for materials that can be used to mix your own watercolors. Interactive pages, scattered throughout, invite readers to ‘upcycle’ this magazine by getting involved. Join in the joke-telling, book reviewing and playlist-making. Activities, games and DIY projects also revolve around this eco-friendly theme.
McSweeney’s returns with our 61 issue, with a back-to-basics collection of the best literary material we can find. Featuring letters by Maria Bamford, Sally Wen Mao, and Melissa Febos; brand-new stories by Brandon Hobson and Salvador Plascencia; nine full-color comics by Jon McNaught; a housewares catalog for our dysphoric times by Gabrielle Bell; five pieces of posthumously translated microfiction by Argentine author Hebe Uhart; photography by Melissa Schriek; and a good deal more. A luxurious, leather-bound volume, with foil-stamped art by Sophy Hollington, you won’t be able to tear yourself away.
Illustoria #13: Maps
What does it mean to map a place, or an inner world? In this issue, you’ll find maps that are ancient and new … and imagined! Hear from an oceanographer who maps the sea floor, and meet a teenaged climate activist working to save our planet. Draw a treasure mashup map with friends, diagram a mind map using our story-starter cards, and bake a taco boat to let your tastebuds sail away.
McSweeneys 62: The Queer Fiction Issue
McSweeney’s 62: The Queer Fiction Issue, collects absurd, bold, bleak, humorous, and astonishing works of fiction and art by queer writers of all orientations. Inside this luxurious hardcover, you’ll find stories about storm chasers and Colombian supermodels, about talking plants and DIY bands and camboys and encounters with the dead. Contributors include Bryan Washington, Eileen Myles, Kristen Arnett, Sarah Gerard, Juli Delgado Lopera, Gabby Bellot, Dennis Norris II, Emma Copley Eisenberg, K-Ming Chang, and many more. Guest-edited by Patty Yumi Cottrell, and filled to a surfeit with letters, stories, and dazzling full-color comics and art, you’ll be jealously hoarding this collection for decades to come.
We’ll follow these up with an innovative issue exploring the relationship between print and audio made in partnership with Radiotopia; plus more collections of the kind of cutting-edge literary content readers of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern have come to expect for over two decades. Plus issues of Illustoria centered around myths, opposites, and so much more, guaranteed to thrill and delight readers of all-ages.
All subscriptions placed by October 25 will begin with Issue 61 as their first issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly and Issue 12: Upcycle as their first issue of Illustoria. All subscriptions to McSweeney’s Quarterly automatically renew after four issues, at a reduced price of $75, with Illustoria subscriptions automatically renewing after three-issues at a price of $40. In the event of any future rate changes, we will notify you via email. If you’d like to cancel either subscription at any time prior to its renewal, you can log in to your account and adjust settings or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject lines ”End Quarterly Renew”, ”End Illustoria Renew”, or ”End Combo Renew” depending on your desires, or call (415) 642-5609. Refunds will be accepted only up until the first issue of your renewal is shipped. If you’d like to give just the Quarterly Concern as a one time gift purchase a gift subscription here. Any subscriptions bought with the “gift” box marked at checkout will not be enrolled in autorenew.
Praise for Illustoria
“…(a) beautifully produced print magazine that invites young readers to revisit arresting pages again and again…Illustoria is a visual feast, with a focus on storytelling through art and literature. In addition to crafts and art projects, Illustoria presents stories through comics, and profiles illustrators, artists, and makers…(with) messages of compassion and inclusivity…bursting with creative ideas and inspiration.” – “Our Favorite Gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds,” Wirecutter.com, New York Times
“It’s a rewarding offering that I hope sticks around for many years down the line.”
— Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews, blogger of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
“(A) visually exciting magazine with a DIY attitude … offer(s) plentiful opportunities for engagement, while the quality artwork and inventive layouts are sure to inspire imaginative responses.”
—School Library Journal
“Cover to cover, its content and aesthetics are smart, modern and engaging. Illustoria is a magazine I would’ve loved to have growing up.”
— Michelle Sterling, Avery & Augustine
Praise for McSweeney’s Quarterly
“Ever shape-shifting and ambitious, McSweeney’s has redefined what a literary institution can be. Their commitment to publishing strong, strange voices and stories from the periphery has always been
an inspiration and I’m always excited to see what they’ll do next.” —Catherine Lacey, McSweeney’s contributor and author of The Answers
“McSweeney’s is so much more than a magazine; it’s a vital part of our culture. ” —Geoff Dyer, McSweeney’s contributor and author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
“Some magazines are comfort reads. We turn to them because we can almost predict, issue to issue, what and even whom will appear in them. But others, like McSweeney’s, are challenge reads. They’re feverishly inventive, discomfortingly surprising, and therefore among the best reminders that we are actually alive. I love shouting at McSweeney’s, laughing with it, and rolling my eyes at myself while the magazine reads me like a deceptively perceptive carnival psychic.” —John D’Agata, The Believer contributor and author of Halls of Fame and About a Mountain
“I’m incredibly grateful for the existence of McSweeney’s. Its embrace of world literature is completely unique, lucid, knowing and indispensable.” —Francisco Goldman, McSweeney’s contributor and acclaimed author of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle and The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?
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