It’s here! The Pulp issue has landed!
Yesterday we debuted our cover on Twitter and Facebook and today we’re excited to share even more. Now you can read select articles from the issuewhile you salivate at home for your pen-weilding, orchid-saving, baby sloth–allied Emily Dickinson issue. (Wait, you’re not a subscriber? Subscribe or join the B-Hive today!)
Here’s what art director Kristin Rogers Brown had to say about the Pulp cover:
When we considered all the fun ways we could reenvision dime-store novels, juicy tales, and dramatic battles, it seemed like there was no better way to pay tribute to pulp than to let our audience choose. Our local free weekly solicited cover ideas last year with splendid results, and we approached our own pulp cover project as an enthusiastic homage to the idea as opposed to a shameless rip-off of theirs. So we put up a poll and had folks vote on one of three ideas. Once the results were in, I encouraged our illustrator, Andrew Zubko, to take liberties too, to make the cover as amazing as it deserved to be. Inspired by over-the-top covers of men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s, the result you see here features a tough-as-nails Emily Dickinson, proving that the pen is mightier than the sword as she and her baby-sloth sidekicks battle a multi-tentacled beast. Though the creature is formidable, my money is (as usual) on Dickinson.
But wait! There’s more!
- An interview with artist Favianna Rodriguez: “You can’t put all of your hopes into a gallery, especially as a person of color. I had a steep learning curve, but because I learned how to be an artist-entrepreneur by doing, I was able to be self-determined and gain financial independence.” (“Artist Statement,” by Tina Vasquez).
- A look at how Nodic noir turned noir detectives from heroes to heroines: “Film noir used to be personified by the lone detective in a trench coat, chain smoking in rain-dotted lamplight. But 70 years after The Maltese Falcon ﬂew into Tinseltown, that hero has been replaced. Now, standing in that same lamplight, smacking gum in the same misty glow, is a lone detective in a Faroese sweater. And she’s a woman.” (“It Was a Dark and Snowy Night” by Soraya Roberts)
- An interview with sex-workers’ rights activist Margo St. James: “Sex workers have found a more humane and respectful way of protecting other sex workers. Arrests are not how you protect people.”(“Forty Years in the Hustle” by Anne Gray Fischer)
- A look at the recent progress at the Violence Against Women Act—with a new update: “The VAWA has always enjoyed bipartisan support, but the law was allowed to expire for the first time ever when the 112th Congress wrapped up last January without reauthorizing it. Why?” (“House of Pain” by Maya Dusenbery)