There was a moment before the first edition of Sound-Bites was created when I thought I might drop out of school. I was bored with my anthropology major in the final semester of my senior year, and bored with small-town Wisconsin life. I wanted out, but something in my gut told me that I could dig deeper, that there was still some figuring out for me to do.
I found DIY photocopied comic books appearing around campus. When I tracked down the artist and asked how he made his little books, he replied, “Just experiment. The library has free printing.”
Fast forward three years. I’ve graduated, served an AmeriCorps term, and returned to my hometown. I make magazines.
There was a moment before the first Sound-Bites Release party this March when I thought no one would show up. Something in my gut told me to put up the decorations anyways, to lay out my magazines on the table in front of the T.V.
So many people came to my party. I was in love.
Fast forward three months. Submissions sent in from around New Hampshire and the Midwest. I have a box of Sound-Bites magazines on my kitchen table. This is the 9th edition, and each one is 24 pages and full color.
Sound-Bites is my passion project. It’s an independent magazine featuring the work of artists, photographers, and writers. It focuses on the practice of listening and taking time to process the noisy world around us through making art.
Now published on a quarterly basis, Sound-Bites is a community-focused project. Anyone can submit their creations, and submissions come in all sizes and shapes. They center around a theme each quarter. Past themes have included Sounds of Love, Sounds of the Road, and Sounds of Red.
Thursday, June 29th, the 9th edition of the magazine will be released at the Wayfarer Coffee Roasters on Main Street in downtown Laconia. The release party will feature live music from the Sensitive Men of Concord. They are three guys who talk about their feelings and play music. Also featured: magazine contributors presenting their work, magazines for sale, and wine!
Attendees are encouraged to come wearing their finest vintage ensembles. Why? The theme of this issue is Sounds of the Past. All submissions to the magazine were created with a wholesome helping of nostalgia and an electric look back at each artist’s personal history.
Sound-Bites invites all of us (even those who claim their art sucks) to pay close attention to our environment. Making things is a way to pay homage, to be present, and to make connections to the other people who share in our everyday experience. If you’re up for an after-work art adventure in the Lakes Region, come to the Sound-Bites release party! Everyone’s welcome to attend.
Bethany graduated from Beloit College with her degree in anthropology in 2015, and then served an AmeriCorps term with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She returned home from the Midwest this fall to work as a children’s library assistant in Gilford. This summer you’ll find her swimming, building, reading, and playing with glitter. Contact Bethany at email@example.com for more information about the party, the project, and submissions. For more of her writing, browse her website.