April 23, 2012

Decoder Magazine Preview/Update #1

For the last month we've been gathering final contributions to the inaugural print issue of Decoder, making some last minute cuts and additions and doing our final edits, so we thought it was time we took a minute and put together a dedicated update and preview of what's to come. Decoder is fundamentally a multimedia endeavor and our experience working with other record labels (we also run Crash Symbols when our Decoder hat gets too heavy) will certainly show; many of the folks we encounter have a variety of projects they've dedicated themselves to, as is certainly more often the case these days, and that diversity of experience is something we want very much to communicate with Decoder. So, we're starting off by featuring a few images from artist contributors who also run labels. Next week, we'll be previewing On the Displaced World, a contribution from Malachi Ward, who is truly one of the most amazing rising comic authors we've ever seen.

Thanks y'all for all y'all's support - we couldn't have done it without you and we can't wait to get the first issue in your hands. In the meantime, enjoy these few images and check out what the artists are doing. You won't regret it.

Christian Michael Filardo - Trying My Best Got Me Here
We've been talking about Filardo on Decoder for basically the entirety of our existence, even when Decoder was still Get Off the Coast. He is an Arizona based multimedia artist and notorious tape head, running Holy Page Records in his spare time while he finishes art school. Though Christian has become well known for his .gif advocacy, we decided to showcase a selection of his collages in our first issue, putting them alongside a number of other selections from collage artists. We like collages. A lot.

David Mohr - Eye
A selection of charcoal drawings from Sacramento artist David Mohr, the man behind FAVORS and cassette label Future Push, is among the latest additions to our planned content for this issue; we found out about them on a Monday this month and we immediately asked to include some.

Hunter Mack - Capgras #4
Rounding out this selection of artwork from artists who also run labels is Hunter Mack, the proprietor of Oakland based Gold Robot Records, a bulwark of the emerging local electronic scene and a constant advocate for local musicians. Professionally, Hunter works in engineering, but creatively Gold Robot and his music projects are only half of the story; Hunter is a talented painter with a compelling vision. Of his Capgras series, which will appear almost in its entirety in this issue, Hunter writes...
"The Capgras delusion (or Capgras syndrome) is a disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent or other close family member has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. The Capgras delusion is classed as a delusional misidentification syndrome, a class of delusional beliefs that involves the misidentification of people, places, or objects. It can occur in acute, transient, or chronic forms."
Expect new updates in the coming weeks! We'll have this thing out in no time. If you're looking to kill some time we also curated a series of images for HUH. Magazine last month that you can peruse here and see a few more of Filardo and Mack's pieces, as well as some other contributions, including a short comic from my good ol' dad Mr. Stevie.

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