Ever wonder why there aren’t more soccer magazines in the United States?
A small team based in New York City – and throughout the country – is looking to change that this summer. Howler magazine is set to launch this year under the direction of George Quraishi and Mark Kirby.
They have ambitious plans to produce a quarterly magazine that covers the beautiful game in a completely unique way.
To learn more about it, take a gander at a brief question and answer session with Kirby after the jump.
What is Howler?
Howler is a new print magazine for North America soccer fans. It’ll come out quarterly as a big, glossy, 10 x 12 publication.
What exactly will it cover?
We’ll be covering global soccer, but with a special emphasis on stories that are more relevant to fans in America—so that includes fan culture here, the USMNT, USWNT, MLS, CONCACAF, Mexican Clubs, as well as smaller teams in the US. But it shouldn’t be considered as a magazine that’s only focused on North America; we know that the vast majority of fans are watching the leagues in Europe and elsewhere and we’ll cover those extensively too. Really, if there’s a good story in the world of soccer, we’ll want it in our pages.
Who and what can I expect to read within the magazine?
Both George (the other founding editor) and I worked previously in publishing and spent most of our time editing and assigning long-form literary non-fiction. That’s what we want to do with Howler: Get a mix of both great soccer writers like Franklin Foer, George Vecsey, David Wangerin as well as writers like Sasha Hemon or Daniel Alarcon who love the game but spend most of their time writing in fiction and other forms. We also want to put a heavy emphasis on reported stories—on sending writers places to get an on-the-ground perspective.
In today’s age of digital this and that, why launch a magazine?
This is a great question, and one that we’ve gotten a lot as we’ve prepared to launch. There are a couple of answers: First, everyone involved in the project—both George and I, but also the founding designers, Robert Priest and Grace Lee—are all believers that the best way to share the kinds of original art and writing we’ll have in the magazine is in a big, glossy, print magazine. Second, when we looked at the media culture around soccer in the US, we felt that the web space was already quite rich and complete. Howler will have a website, and a digital edition, but for starters we wanted to fill what we saw as the biggest gap in the media landscape.
How can soccer fans help support it?
To get the project off the ground, we’ve been using the Kickstarter platform, which has just been an absolutely phenomenal way to gather support. The project reached its funding goal last week, but in order to execute the magazine to the highest level possible, we need as many readers (and subscribers) as we can get. Kickstarter is still the fastest way to get the magazine: A single issue is $15 and a year’s subscription is $50.