ILLUSTORIA + McSWEENEY’S COMBO SUBSCRIPTION

Ultimate combo sub13
2020 bundle 2
$160.00 $135.00

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


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, the Illustoria-McSweeney’s Quarterly Combo Subscription has something for every reader in your life.

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 cannot-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 #15: Big & Small
Our first ever two-in-one mag, BIG & SMALL presents a spectrum of scale—from micro to macro, invisible to the interstellar, and world records for biggest and smallest things. Pick which you want to explore first—Big or Small—and start reading. Both sides meet in the middle for a four-page fold-out grand finale. Explore the biggest of the smallest in the world of insects, and enter the invisible world of microorganisms—a feature by our guest curator, Lark Pien. Gaze at the gigantic sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and witness how tiny dots became big art, via the installations of Yayoi Kusama. Make your own very tiny hamburgers with Dog Chef, navigate a maze on a grand or itty bitty scale, and draw your own Calligram: word pictures from ancient manuscripts. Visit the World’s-Largest-Collection-of-the-Smallest-Versions-of-Things Museum, and learn about the collaborative duo behind the cover art, ICINORI.

McSweeney’s Issue 64: The Audio Issue
Combining art, fiction, audio, and a slew of unclassifiable print objects in a custom box, McSweeney’s 64 is a riotous exploration of audiovisual storytelling, coproduced with Radiotopia from PRX (home to genius, independent audio creators including Song Exploder, Criminal, Ear Hustle, and more). Each piece in the issue establishes its own relationship between audio and print—the contributor’s unique experiment in weaving the mediums.

Included are Rion Amilcar Scott with a short fiction piece featuring two alternative audio endings; Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Kate Soper with a transhumanist, interactive software upload; DeafBlind poet John Lee Clark on the limits of accessibility; Claudia Dey, Jason Reynolds, Renee Gladman, Sharon Mashihi, and more taking us on audio tours of our own homes; Aliya Pabani with a radio drama whose plot is complicated by a 24” x 30” illustrated poster; Ian Chillag with an absurdist, interactive phone tree; James T. Green, Catherine Lacey, and This American Life’s Sean Cole with voicemail dispatches to the editor; National Book Award-finalist Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Aimee Bender, and Kelli Jo Ford with short stories that braid in audio; and so much more.

And then?
Keep an eye out for two 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 music, sense, and more, guaranteed to thrill and delight readers of all ages.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: All subscriptions placed by October 1 will begin with McSweeney’s 64: The Audio Issue as their first issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly and Issue 15: Big & Small 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 custservice@mcsweeneys.net 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, The 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 who 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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