Launching an independent queer magazine in the 2010s, keeping it afloat and financially viable is a task as challenging as laying a track in the 1800s. Mr. Ryan Fitzgibbon of Hello Mr. has managed to do it all gallantly and professionally – and is ready for the next step in expanding what he’s learned and sharing his knowledge and experience with other aspiring queer publishers. Hello Mr. is launching a magazine residency that propels the creators of tomorrow and supports young talents on their quest to conquering independent publishing. The project is called appropriately “The Issues.”

“Using our global distribution and mentorship from industry leaders, we are providing the tools and resources to get new ideas from queer voices off the ground. We think of it as an academy for editors, art directors, and media-makers of the future. And with your support, we can produce our first magazine-in-residence, and distribute it inside the next issue of Hello Mr.”, explains Mr. Fitzgibbon.

Over the last couple of months, the team has been working with their first magazine-in-residence, BRUNCHCLUB, which explores the lives of queer POC (people of color) in unexpected corners of the country (US). They are unapologetically “queer & hungry.” Apart from the Hello Mr. team, BRUNCHCLUB is also being mentored by TeenVogue’s Phillip Picardi, Instagram’s Jeffrey Gerson and Graphic Designer Nijel Taylor.
PS: Congrats Hello Mr. and team for the complete Kickstarter funding – we can’t wait for the first issue! Learn more about the project here: http://bit.ly/HMRissues

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