What is an Independent Magazine?
This week, I’ll introduce you to the world of independent magazine and share a few of my favorite selections.
What is an independent magazine?
A publication that’s produced without major funding from a larger organization. There are some exceptions, but the general idea is that the magazine is produced and funded without influence or restriction by a larger investor.
They tend to have limited distribution capabilities and smaller teams. However, the publications tend to be more creative and diverse, largely due to the artist freedom that comes with self producing.
Publication frequencies can vary, but new issues are usually published quarterly, bi-annually, or annually.
Where can I buy one?
If you live near an American city, a safe bet to get started is Barnes & Nobles (yes, they’re still around). Smaller independent magazine sellers can be difficult to find, but here are a few of my favorites in the Philadelphia / NYC metro area.
Independent magazine sellers in Philly
Avril 50 — https://goo.gl/maps/V8HN4LwgnYxwoG6T8
P’s & Q’s — https://goo.gl/maps/FLRoDTS1X4LuxjrKA
Barnes & Noble, Center City — https://goo.gl/maps/gjWP7RsNhagakSdK8
Independent magazine sellers near Hoboken
Printed Matter, Inc. (NYC) — https://goo.gl/maps/hCGbWE8KNcbzVAx37
Import News (NYC) — https://goo.gl/maps/HnB9XPoqY1dsfacy5
Casa Magazines (NYC) — https://g.page/CASAMagazinesNYC?share
Iconic Magazines (NYC) — https://goo.gl/maps/e9E7t3NVZEFmiaUw7
Independent magazine sellers in Central New Jersey
Barnes & Noble, Raritan — https://goo.gl/maps/dDjxdQYzn6psVPFNA
Barnes & Noble, Easy Brunswick — https://goo.gl/maps/zVd3aMZLzGk43ctEA
Additional tip: skate shops and boutique clothing stores are also good places to explore. They’ll usually carry a small inventory of indie magazines in line with their aesthetic.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll cover the various genres in depth and share some of my favorites. Until then, here are some good ones to check out:
The Gourmand — https://thegourmand.co.uk
Hesperios Journal — https://hesperios.com/product-category/journal-shop/
032c — https://032c.com
Buffalo Zine — https://buffalozine.com