Some sad news surfaced over the weekend… Empty magazine is closing. Run by Andrew Johnstone and the team at Design Is Kinky for the past eight years, the decision to close the magazine is unfortunately solely based on financial pressures. As Johnstone explains: “This has been a very tough decision but one that I have unfortunately had to make. Financially the magazine has been losing money pretty much for the last three or four years.”
The team is not done just yet and will still be going to print with their final issue, which is set to be a 200-page whopper. If you’d like to be part of issue 22, you can send in your submissions to email@example.com. Send an email with your artwork (either small low res JPG’s or a URL. No high res images) or any ideas you may have for articles or content.
Below is Johnstone’s full announcement:
“It’s with great sadness that I have to announce that as of our next issue, Issue 22, I will no longer be publishing Empty Magazine.
This has been a very tough decision but one that I have unfortunately had to make. Financially the magazine has been losing money pretty much for the last three or four years. I have kept the magazine running both for the enjoyment that I get in creating it and the enjoyment that others get from reading it. However, with sales dropping and less stockists, I am now unable to keep struggling along and losing money. What was a little, has become a lot, and therefore I will no longer be able to continue.
I have loved every minute of Empty. From the early days when our first editor Matt Leach and I used to argue about there being “too many bloody words” (my quote) to finally getting rid of words all-together in our first ever image-only issue, it’s been a joy having my own magazine to support and promote other artists. I don’t have an exact number, but I would say we’ve had well over 500 artists in the magazine, all highly talented and inspirational. It was for them that I kept the magazine running, because there aren’t enough outlets for their work these days. Not offline anyway.
I believe that print is very important and that we need to support those who can still afford to print magazines. I’m not talking shitty tabloids or crappy ad heavy girly mags, i’m talking small publications who are passionate about what they do and do it for the right reasons, not just to make a quick buck off advertisers. Support magazines such as T-World, Wooden Toy and King Brown (amongst others). And support stores such as Magnation who are trying to keep the magazine world alive and who provide an outlet for smaller publications.
I’d like to thank everyone who has ever bought a copy, contributed to, spared a kind word about, or even just flicked through a copy of Empty.“