Print fanatics from across the country made their way to the Queen of Hoxton in east London last night to celebrate the very best of contemporary independent magazine publishing.
The annual Stack Awards – hosted by the magazine subscription service – are a paean with pints to everything interesting, exciting, and innovative. Last night, New York-based broadsheet Good Trouble picked up the uber-coveted Magazine of the Year prize.
“This is a magazine for its time; a heady mix of rabble-rousing politics and humour that applies the spontaneous excitement of a punk zine to an absurd broadsheet newspaper format,” says magCulture founder Jeremy Leslie. “It’s the unmistakable result of an experienced team of magazine makers putting their money where their mouth is.”
Back in August, we described Good Trouble —the brainchild of ex-Dazed & Confused editor Rod Stanley, and designed by the one and only Richard Turley – as “two pages of buzzing creativity meeting at the intersection of politics and culture.” That glowing recommendation is why it beat off stiff competition from the likes of Flaneur and Migrant Journal to pick up the biggest nod of them all.
Other winners on the night include Eye on Design (who were awarded Cover of the Year), Perdiz (Subscriber’s Choice) and Italian magazine Archivio (Best Use of Photography).
Steve Watson, Stack’s founder, says. “It’s genuinely astounding to see such a wealth of original and adventurous publishing, and it made for a particularly difficult judging process.” He added, “lots of the shortlisted titles could easily have been winners, but I think this final selection does a fantastic job of reflecting the energy and excitement of independent magazine publishing in 2018.”