Stack Live – the aftermath

by Steve Watson in November 2014
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Thanks very much to everyone who came down to the first Stack Live event at The Book Club on Monday night. Ryan Fitzgibbon from Hello Mr put on a fantastic show, running through his magazine’s back story and explaining why he decided to “start something rather than join something”.


Speaking about his ambitions for mainstream distribution, which recently came a step closer thanks to a deal with Barnes & Noble, he said that it’s important for Hello Mr to provide an alternative to the more traditional, more sexualised gay magazines on the newsstand. “We’re there on shelf with the rest. We’re not there to point fingers, but just to be there, and to be an option for people”.

It was brilliantly inspiring to hear a publishing entrepreneur speak about working his way to success, and figuring out Instagram along the way.


Thanks should also go to Root + Bone, who collaborated with Tonkotsu East to recreate the Rinse and Ramen story from their current issue. The noodles were fantastic, a perfect accompaniment to beer and magazine talk.


And of course the event wouldn’t have been complete without Steven Gregor from Gym Class magazine playing his selection of tunes until way later than anyone should have been out on a Monday night.


Stack Live is free for Stack subscribers to attend, but if you’re a Stack subscriber and you’re hearing all this for the first time, please check your email settings. We’ll send out details of the free ticket allocations each month, but only if you gave us permission to contact you by email when you signed up. If you’re not sure whether you did, just drop us a line on and let us know that you’d like to receive emails from Stack.

And if you’re not a Stack subscriber, keep your eye on the blog for details of the next event and how to buy tickets.

Want more magazine talk in the meantime? Tickets are on sale now for Printout: Magazines of the Year on 25 November

Excellent photography in very gloomy conditions by Helen Cathcart. Check to see what she does when there’s light.

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