November 29th, 2004

Jabberwocky

Lewis Carroll
(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

The debut of: Jabberwocky, July 2005

I'm fond of experimenting, within reason, and I think my major project for 2005 will be a bi-annual magazine / journal publishing a balanced mix of poetry and short fiction: Jabberwocky. I'm not particularly happy with the current state of matters in genre poetry publishing (no slight intended against fellow editors or publishers), but I personally find little of what I'm looking for in current magazines. I'll start off with a mockup:



I'll certainly take suggestions for cover proposals for future issues, particularly public domain art-deco French advertisements, as I've done here for the first issue. I want to see this puppy from a mile away . . .

I will then list it at shocklines, clarkesworld, and a few other stores for advance ordering, once I nail down details like price, format, subscriptions, and a little more. The contents are slowly coming together and I should have it all together by February or March, in time for Readercon. I'd love to think what people think of the project. The goal is to either reach 100 subscribers or 500 unit sales with the first issue, within reason. For positioning purposes, I'll be treating the magazine as a trade paperback akin to VanderMeer's Album Zutique and market appropriately. (Before you ask, it is a closed market. I have no time or inclination to deal with slush).

Suggestions, criticisms, recommendations, giggles, and more are entirely welcome.