What is Epilogue?

Epilogue Magazine is a publication that focuses on up-and-coming artists and their means of communication.  We feature interviews with artists, illustration, architecture, photography, design, music, writing, and film.  Pretty much anything than can be, at least, loosely described as art is fodder for Epilogue.  Seriously, anything.  Think about all that applies to; it’s like saying, “Send in anything that has to do with people.” There’s more inside the circle than outside. It's a big circle, but not MyCircle (avoiding lawsuits is pretty popular 'round here).

When did Epilogue start coming out? Why?

Epilogue began in January 2009, sprung to life from the loose idea of the editors desiring to do something that replicated the feel and vision of print, without actually printing it (yet).  When we first started the publication, Marshall was in design school and I was underemployed.  We both needed something to do, and we’re both very happy that that something was this. Also, when we first told Chairlift we were a magazine in order to get an interview and pushed through on the event’s press list, we weren’t really a magazine. Some of the creation of Epilogue is due to us fearing that Chairlift would get nosy and uproot the scam.  We took the coward’s way out and followed through. So, thanks for that, Charlift, you trio of jerks.

Do you ever hang out with the artists featured on the site?

Sometimes.  Only the cool ones, though.

Do you accept submissions? How should I get that to you?

We always welcome submissions.  Most of the features on Epilogue were once submitted in some way or another. If this kind of thing might interest you, feel free to send us your work at submissions@epiloguemagazine.com.  A heads-up or inquiry e-mail is always nice, but not necessary.  If you’d like to know more about the types of things that typically work in Epilogue, feel free to browse the site’s archive for a better sense of what we like to present.  If you’re a famous artist with a sizeable market for your wares, and would like to be ironic by placing something on a weekly web publication for no money, this would be a good place for that.

Speaking of irony, what’s its correct use?

If you only knew how glad I am to answer this.  While the modern use of irony has become a little convoluted (particularly the skinny line between rhetorical irony and situational irony, forms much more nebulous in definition than dramatic irony, duh), the term “irony” is too often used as a blanket term for any kind of misfortune or unexpected bad luck.  For example, when Alanis Morissette wails about “rain on her wedding day” as a symbol of irony, it’s really not that ironic.  Unfortunate, sure, and perhaps it falls under the hazy hat of “rhetorical irony”)  What would be ironic is if Alanis had booked the chapel in Phoenix, seeded the clouds Beijing Olympics Committee-style to avoid even the threat of rain, and built a weather machine to rearrange the cloudscape, only to have the chapel call back the week before, say they were overbooked but offer a free wedding at a sister resort…in Seattle, where it rains the entire week and pours on the wedding.  Irony, people. But, misusers and abusers, I’m willing to meet you halfway.  If you say something like, “Man, I forgot my swimsuit the weekend all the pools opened! How ironic!” and you see me shudder in horror, you’re absolved if you say, “Oh, I was just using rhetorical irony.” Home free.

(Editor’s Note: I understand MTV VJ Alexa Chung is a little bit of a grammar nut.  If anyone knows her, feel free to send this on, complete with my telephone number.)

Will I be paid for my submission?

Probably not.  We’re an LLC now (cool!) but we’re not doing this for the expressed purpose of making money (uncool?).  Our Pepsi sponsorship doesn’t begin until the year turns over, anyway.  Sweet, sweet Pepsi—when doesn’t it hit the spot?

We will negotiate pay in emoticons, if that suits you.

Do lots of people visit?

What a private question! How dare you? While the fanbase remains relatively small, we’re still growing, getting feedback, and learning.  If you’re an advertiser (I may need to write a different FAQ) we get millions of rich, rich visitors every second, simply salivating over the prospect of their next Internet purchase (like Epilogue t-shirts, available at http://store.epiloguemagazine.com! Shirts flatter every figure except Epilogue editors’).

Are you aware of the India-based Epilogue Magazine?

Yes. And we’re actually kind of “bros” with them.  That may change when we start offering counsel and perspective on the regional economics of the Kashmir region, though.

If you say “no offense,” can the other person legally take offense?

Of course not.  I think that’s in the Bible.  Somewhere towards the back.  Only an idiot doesn’t know that. No offense.

Are you guys just copying the style of the McSweeney’s FAQ?

Kind of.  For what it’s worth, they mastered the FAQ.  If someone made a record that sounded kind of like Some Girls would you be too upset? No, because if it sounded like Some Girls, it’d probably sound pretty awesome.  Apply this analogy to Epilogue’s FAQ and thanks for asking.

Isn’t it kind of lazy to do this FAQ as a feature?

We’re going to admit it’s a little lazy.  But, since we decided to be a WEEKLY publication, we have our own ups and downs, which we feel can be attributed to loads of different factors.  So, with that vague answer supplying plenty of excuse ammunition, I’m going to blame bats.  We’re doing the FAQ as a feature because of bats.


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