This half-issue represents a transition for Nat. Brut long in the making. We are one year old this month, and have worked out a strategy for our team (two eds-in-chief, one deputy editor, one designer, all of us full-time students with part-time jobs) to continue to put out big, fat issues brimming with incredible writing and art.
The solution was simple. Rather than four issues per year, we will produce two. Nat. Brut, in effect, is no longer a quarterly publication, but a biannual one. This does not imply a significant reduction of content whatsoever—our twice-yearly issues will be hefty and not to be trifled with—merely a reduction in how frequently that content is released to the world.
There are a number of reasons this makes sense for us. We want to continue to provide well-curated, elegant collections of new work without compromising quality or vision. More time between issues will allow us to generate high-quality issues in line with the standard we’ve established with our first three publications.
Issue 3.5 is an entirely original production. With breathtaking photos (and cover image) from renowned photographer Laura McPhee, an anthology of underground and alternative comix from guest editor Kayla E., genre-smashing voicemail journalism from David Weinberg—not to mention the usual dose of fiction and poetry—Issue 3.5 is something to celebrate, a good thing in a smallish package.