We delved into the Psychedelic Journal and asked 5 Questions...
What’s the secret origin story of The Psychedelic Journal and how did it all come together?
It was a dark and stormy night, although actually it was about ten in the morning July 14th, when the Quantum Capybaras first appeared to us. Harnessing the cosmic powers from their own dimension, they planned on destroying all life as we know it and re-shaping the planet in their own image. They were literally going to carve the Earth into the shape of a capybara, unless we could prove to them that people were worth saving. So we created the Psychedelic Journal to showcase the best art and writing that the small-press scene has to offer, and so far we’ve managed to avert total annihilation of life as we know it.
What inspires you to create?
Mostly the threat of destruction from the capybaras, but the opportunity to gather together and showcase some amazing small-press talent also plays a part.
Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?
Patrick Stewart is a big fan! He came up to our table at one convention, riding on a steam-powered Segway and wearing a dinosaur costume, told us the comic was the best thing he’d ever read, handed me a Caramac bar and then wheeled away. Actually I may have dreamed that.
This is your third year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?
Our latest issue, The Psychedelic Journal of the Wild West, will be there in all its glory, as well as all of our time-travel themed previous issues. If you’re really lucky you might find our giant electric hermit crab, his name is Small Iain and we love him.
If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?
"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger,” is something we learned the hard way compiling The Psychedelic Journal of General Wizardry (out later this year) but it’s also just generally good life advice.
You can find more of The Psychedelic Journal on Facebook and Twitter @Psych_Journal and stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".
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