Yay! LA Magazine reboots with a new format. Learn what you can expect from the inaugural issue and how you can be a part of it.
by Daniel Barron
Stories are an innate part of the human condition. Whether it has been through oral tradition, cave paintings, print, films, digital media, or the pages of comic books, we digest and metabolize storytelling so that we can understand the world and, perhaps most importantly, understand ourselves. On an academic level, the dissection of myths and folklore are important in revealing how different cultures interface with the world, as recurring concepts and archetypes display the commonalities of human experience.
On a micro level, we are all storytellers, creative or not. We are obsessed with cultivating images, preserving legacies, transcending our frailties to become something larger than life. Something Mythic. We subscribe to or reject a national character that was cooked and seasoned and served to us over long spans of time, the veracity of its ingredients often subject for review.
We recently announced Yay! LA relaunching in a bi-monthly format, and for our inaugural edition of this new direction we will be going by the theme of “Mythic”. Over the course of a month, Yay! LA will explore this idea across media in all of its elastic possibilities, from legends and fables to long-held traditions and misconceptions and our collective desire to- well, to reference a famous myth- challenge the sun.
As the Zeus in this arts & culture mag pantheon of the gods I have a number of pieces planned or in pending that I am very excited about getting to work on, but the floor is now open for submissions and proposals be a part of the project. Submissions details and guidelines are outlined below.
What to expect from me
– In-depth features and interviews with artists and illustrators like Joy Shannon, Weshoyot Alvitre, Iris Compiet, Kindra Nikole, Siolo Thompson & more
– Spotlights on classic and cult films films that explore fantasy, fairy tales, folklore, and magic realism
– Highlights of the best genre audiodramas and an interview with the hosts of the Bible-based Sunday School Dropouts podcast
– Convenient collections of the best fantasy-related art coverage from Yay! LA‘s six-year history
What we’re looking for
NOTE: These are just some suggestions. If you can pitch us on something we haven’t thought of that blindsides us please hit us up!
– More interviews with or spotlights on fantasy/folklore-inspired artists (we are particularly looking for ones covering talents from POC and LGBTQ communities)
– Photoshoots and original art series the are relevant to the theme of “Myth”
– Spotlights on iconic fantasy visualists such as Moebius and Frank Frazetta
– Lists or dissections of great concept albums, particularly if they revolve around fantasy or myth-related concepts
– Spotlights on great genre fiction, comics, or graphic novels
– Short stories, poetry, flash fiction, and essays that reflect the theme of “Myth”, tangentially or otherwise
– Article proposals and/or submissions must be received by Sunday, April 30th at midnight PST, finished submissions must be received by Sunday, June 4th at midnight PST. NO EXCEPTIONS!
– Submissions must be under 4,000 words
– Please provide links to your writing if we have not featured you before
– Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org, subject “MYTH”
Please not that this is a VOLUNTEER-BASED proposition and that, as a curated publication, not all applications will be accepted. The finalized lineup will be announced on May 15th.
Now– Let the legend BEGIN!
Featured image by Moebius.
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