Ed: Well, here we are. The day we never thought would come. We have just gone to print with the inaugural issue of CALMzine and we’re exhausted. Having taken up the mantle of editor from the very capable but unavoidably busy hands of Martin Cordiner, it fell to me and the editorial team – our woolly hat loving designer Joey Graham and cranially artistic creative director Philip Levine – to redesign and re-launch a men’s lifestyle magazine for CALM.
As the apparent owner of a set of breasts and a uterus, you may well wonder what a woman is doing being editor of such a title. And well you should. What the hell would I know about the inner workings of the male brain? It came apparent early on in the process, however, that a mind detached from the core issues is a helpful brain indeed – someone who can look at the content from the outside and decide whether it’s good enough – and that brain turned out to be mine. Plus, I have actually met a number of males in real life, some of which I have known in the biblical sense, and the majority of which have had a plethora of underlying issues so broad it would make Norfolk blush. One guy I went out with had OCD and insisted on showering 4 times a day, another friend of mine is unhealthily obsessed with free jazz – quirks I accepted wholeheartedly, but proved a burden on the relationship in the end – but all of which gave me an insight in to the depths of the male psyche, both the good and the bad. That’s how I justify my position anyway, and I hope I can do the magazine and CALM justice in our ongoing pursuit of conversation and debate, exploring the multi faceted world of male society in the UK today.
Anyhoo, after a series of late night editorial meetings fuelled, in the main, by cheap beer and biscuits, we managed to organise ourselves enough to put together what is now CALMzine. We also managed to rope in Murph from The Wombats to talk to us about his depression and use of anti depressants, which was very enlightening– not least due to the fact that the interview was conducted on the swanky roof garden at Warner Records in the sunshine – and we also persuaded Independent journalist, Scritti Politti musician and Twitter star Rhodri Marsden to bang out a few words for us on the male reluctance to talk about health issues. He’s a busy man and I had to buy him a number of drinks in order to get him to agree but it paid off and he came on board. What a guy. He wears good hats, too.
The learning curve for us all has been a steep one, but we feel unbelievably proud of (and pleasantly surprised by) what we’ve achieved and can guarantee that CALMzine will go from strength to strength as future issues appear. We hope that you agree. Next up is the GEEK issue, so we’re currently dusting off our stamp collections and Star Trek box sets to embrace our inner nerd and invite you to join us. So, see you in February. Live Long And Prosper, my friends.
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