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Comestible on Shortlist for Stack Awards 2017 ‘Best Use of Illustration’

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Ever since I read about a writer’s goal for 100 rejections a year, I have been trying harder to do more submissions, whether they are for writing, for residencies, for awards, etc. The idea of course is that if you aim for 100 rejections in a year, somewhere along the way, you’re going to get a response that says “yes” instead of “no.”

I decided to submit my indie food zine Comestible to the Stack Awards 2017, a selection of awards for independent magazines. These days, the indie mag scene is strong, and every time I go into the bookstore I am amazed (perhaps slightly overwhelmed as well) at the high caliber of content and editorial vision that is out there.

I submitted Comestible to the Best Use of Illustration category, since I think that’s a large part of what makes the publication different. The food media space is inundated with gorgeous food photography, and when I started Comestible I wanted something different. Every issue has featured my own papercut illustrations as well as drawn illustrations by some of my favorite illustrators, Jessie Kanelos Weiner for the issues in 2016 and Molly Reeder for the issues in 2017.

How shocked was I when I learned that Comestible had made it onto the shortlist of magazines for the award? Quite shocked! I am honored to have it be a part of a group of such incredible publications with creative and unique artwork. Check out the full list here.

Yet another reminder that it’s always worth it to put your work out there.

Image: Stack Magazines

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Written by Anna Brones

October 25, 2017 at 12:03

Handprinted Notebooks

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Making art feels good, and so does opening up a blank notebook, which is why I have added handprinted notebooks to the Comestible store.

It is a print of the Comestible logo, to inspire ponderings on food, recipe ideas, notes from your foraging adventures or sketches of nature. The notebooks are from the lovely company Scout Books, 100% recycled paper and bound with black staples.

If you love notebooks and supporting independent artists, hop on over and buy one!

Written by Anna Brones

October 7, 2016 at 14:22

Support Indie Publishing and Preorder ‘Comestible: Summer 2016’

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Comestible: A quarterly journal about food, the places it comes from and the people who grow it

Earlier this year I did something a little crazy: I launched a small print publication. It’s called Comestible and it’s a quarterly journal/zine all about food. But it’s not another food magazine. Comestible is a little different (or at least, I am working hard to make it so).

Since it came out in April, I have gotten a lot of great feedback on the spring issue. It’s so wonderful to see it out in the world being enjoyed by people!

Comestible: An Indie Quarterly About Real Food

A spread from the spring issue of Comestible. Illustration by Jessie Kanelos Weiner

It’s now time for the summer issue, and I am doing the same thing as last time: raising the production funds on Kickstarter. Why? Launching a small print publication is hard, and while I would love to, I don’t have the capital to pay for the printing up front.

That’s where you come in. Taking part in this Kickstarter campaign is an easy way to preorder a copy of the summer issue and ensure that you are part of the first group of people to receive it.

What will be in the summer issue?

  • More beautiful illustrations (like the one above – which yes, you can color in!)
  • An excerpt from Simran Sethi’s book Bread, Wine, Chocolate : The Slow Loss of Foods We Love
  • A trip to coffee origin with Eileen P. Kenny
  • An exploration of the vineyard and the world of natural wine with j.brix winemaker Emily Towe
  • A look into the world of natural dyeing by Sasha Duerr (my goal is to have more food/fashion/fiber crossover like this in the future!)
  • Seasonal recipes to take advantage of summer ingredient favorites, like sweet corn, tomatoes, cherries and more.

You can preorder a copy for $12, and there are also some good deals in there if you want to pick up a bundle of them, or if you want to stock up on the spring issue as well. Not to mention there is a limited edition Comestible coffee cup!

Support indie publishing and preorder a copy of Comestible: Summer 2016.

Written by Anna Brones

May 18, 2016 at 09:16