Comrades! A Tour of Coilhouse Magazine Issue 03!

The shop is now open! Issue 03, the stickers, and the shirts are up for grabs (note: the shirts have already been printed, and are available to ship immediately).

With our past two print issues, we were content to take a couple of snapshots of the best-designed articles and show them off on the blog in hopes of enticing you to buy a copy. This time around, attempting to choose select images from our newest issue is proving to be painfully difficult. Thanks largely in part to our phenomenal creative director, Courtney Riot, each and every article had a design personality so strong, it’s clamoring to represent Issue 03. What to choose, what to omit…

Eh, screw it, this ain’t Sophie’s Choice! It’s late. We’re giddy and delirious. Let’s throw caution to the wind, yes? FULL MONTY, baby. After the cut, a tantalizing, low-res glimpse at all the articles in our latest issue. Enjoy.

Inform. Like the previous two issues, Coilhouse Issue 03 is divided into three sections: Inform, Inspire, Infect. For this summer issue, illustrator Zoetica went with an ornate floral/deco theme for the section intro pages.

Kowloon Walled City: The Modern Pirate Utopia. One of our most popular blog posts in 2008 was David Forbes’ piece on Kowloon Walled City, so we decided to expand it into an article. We tracked down photographer Greg Girard, who complemented David’s expanded piece with 21 gritty, breathtaking images and captions describing life inside the lawless city.

Sonny Vincent and the Beaten Heart of Punk. Our other blog-to-print article comes from Agent Double Oh No (aka Jeff Wengrofsky), who interviewed the brooding NYC punk iconoclast Sonny Vincent earlier this year.

“Now Do You Understand the Meaning of Life?” A Brief Tour of Pre-War Russian Pulp. Jess Nevins, a celebrated author with an encyclopedic brain, uncovers Soviet pulp fiction of the 20s and 30s in this original article, illustrated in pop-propaganda style by Zoetica. You’ll meet aquamen, psychic secret agents, brains in a jar, talking Socialist orangutans, Mike Thingmaster, Light-Hearted Sonya, Satan, an engineer from a two-dimensional country intent on invading the USSR, and several other colorful characters from yesteryear.

Lives Transformed Through the Powers of Confusing Music: Nils Frykdahl on Art and Kinship. Mer sits down with the brilliant Oakland-based avant rock musician (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Idiot Flesh, Faun Fables) for a fascinating in-depth discussion about creativity, family and The Future.


Avatars. Biomechanical ghosts float amidst dark clouds while smoking pipes, pouring wine, baring their claws, and haunting abandoned churchyards in this ethereal fashion story by Gustavo Lopez Mañas.

Unicorn Chaser: The Quicksilver Reportage of Xeni Jardin. Tech culture journalist/BoingBoing co-editor Xeni Jardin’s blogcentric ability to turn on a dime and take her audience with her, week to week, from playful video art to human rights reportage and back again, is what makes Jardin compelling and Boing Boing Video so emblematic of the way we absorb news and culture today. Meredith and Nadya caught up with Jardin to discuss her first year as producer for a web show unlike any other. Featuring a brilliant illustration of Xeni by Stuntkid.

Feral Intellect: Michel Berandi’s Work and Workspace. Issue 02 cover photographer Allan Amato shoots Michel Berandi‘s nuclear-winter-in-summer menswear collection in Berandi’s own exquisitely decorated studio, showing how the artist’s surroundings interplay with his work.

Enchanted Dollmaker: The Porcelain Thrall of Marina Bychkova. Marina Bychkova’s ball-jointed porcelain dolls are exquisitely crafted, but it isn’t just her extraordinary technical skill alone that sets the work apart … it’s her sorcerous devotion. Interview by Meredith Yayanos.

Uncle Vania’s Eastern Promises. The fragile alchemy of an aged photograph, the silver birches of a dark Russian forest. Antlers, skulls, ink-black blood, wood grain, scissors, lace, and entrails gracefully merge in Vania Zouravliov’s stark line drawings to create an endless waltz between the exquisite and the grotesque. Article by Nadya Lev.

Mindfrak! Ron Moore Explains Himself. When show producers asked Battlestar Galactica creator Ron D. Moore to lighten up the tone of the series, suggesting that he kick off an episode with a birthday party, he famously responded by writing an opening scene in which a group of crewmen, drunkenly celebrating a pilot’s one thousandth landing, get blown to smithereens by an errant explosive. Why does he put his characters through such hell? Nadya and Zoetica caught up with the space-drama king to get some answers.


Build Your Own Beau …and make him like it. Follow Zoetica on a makeover mission as she plays fashion cop in the Build-A-Beau Experiment. All three participants are photographers, creative beings with little time to focus on their daily look. Zo and photo-sniper Andrew Yoon invaded their homes and closets with a single purpose: total transformation.

Print to Fit: Paper Casualties. Each issue, we ask a guest artist to create a set of paper dolls for our back pages. Issue 01’s guest artist was Paul Komoda. Issue 02’s was Molly Crabapple. Now, Yana Moskaluk, the first person Coilhouse ever interviewed, graces us with her unique take on paper dolls in Issue 03.

52 Responses to “Comrades! A Tour of Coilhouse Magazine Issue 03!”

  1. christiane Says:

    looks fabulous! :)

  2. Jerem Morrow Says:


    If you lot keep topping yourselves, each time out, there’ll be no more room for improvement.

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  4. Jake von Slatt Says:

    Ordered, can’t wait!

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  6. Shay Says:


  7. Jessica Says:

    It looks *ridiculously* fabulous!!! I can’t wait to sniff the paper!!!

  8. Amytiger Says:

    Hoo ya! Ordered! I love your magazine so much. Might have to start buying two, as I can’t convince myself to cut it up otherwise.


  9. Infamous Amos Says:


    I barely have enough money this month of afford the luxury of honey mustard over regular mustard, but nothing can keep me from owning this little marvel. Looks stellar already.

  10. Elfeeta Says:

    Is there any way I can order this issue and the previous ones and get them shipped to Mexico?

    I’d love to have my copies!

  11. Nadya Says:

    Elfeeta, we can definitely ship anywhere in the world, but unfortunately, both Issue 01 and 02 are sold out.

    Thank you!

  12. Ev Says:


    Looks absolutely fantastical!

    Looking forward to the interview with Nils. Faun Fables were pure joy to see live!( Mer, you are one talented ladybird!)

    Thanks for all the hard work, it’s truly appreciated.

  13. Tequila Says:

    Still no option for rocket delivery eh? Ah well…issue #4 maybe? Happily ordered regardless, look forward to putting stickers on stuff.

    Looks like issue the third will be utterly fantastic. Hope you chained Miss Riot to the dungeon really good, wouldn’t want her talent to escape…

  14. Jamie Says:

    I’ll be ordering issue 3 and a shirt as soon as I get my paycheck. ^_^

  15. ZChevat Says:

    too beautiful! you ladies continue to impress with layouts and fantastic, unique content!

  16. Dave L. Says:

    BSG article/interview? As if I didn’t love you people enough already.

  17. rickie Says:

    finally!! :D do i get to hang out with the gals again?

  18. Lynae Says:

    Are any retailers currently carrying Coilhouse? I live in San Francisco and I’d love to get a copy, but I’m cringing a bit at the $5 shipping. Halp?

  19. Elfeeta Says:

    AAaawww… Sad news about the sold out issues. Still, I’ll see what I can do. For now I really want this issue!!

  20. JR Says:

    …just ordered mine! Cannot wait! :)

  21. Jerem Morrow Says:

    Tequila: Let the rocket thing go. Okay? I don’t get my CoilHouse plane. Thems the cards fallin’ where they may.

    Oh…hold me.

  22. tyhiliet Says:

    is it possible to make a small request with my order. lol. could i get Mer to leave a nice shoe impression some where on the magazine before she leaves to new zealand ???? preferably on the the back cover.. you know why not all the coilhouse staff X.X I must control my self….XD

  23. Crapmonster Says:

    awesome, shall order now!

  24. tyhiliet Says:

    I simply can not…. or should I have Mer leave bite marks????
    I can’t help myself

  25. Adrian Says:

    If I could have hit the order button with more gusto, I would have.

  26. John Says:

    Ordered! So many articles that pique my curiosity. I can’t wait to see the piece on Kowloon.

  27. Ed Autumn Says:

    Yes!! Can’t wait for it to arrive!! :D

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  29. Polipo de Polipi Says:

    it looks awesome!
    too bad shipping to italy cost too much

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  31. Irene Kaoru Says:

    just bought mine. om nom nom nom nom!!!!

  32. greenpencil Says:

    Interview with Nils Frykdahl? Interview with Nils Frykdahl! Yes! Yes! Oh god yes!

  33. kReEsTaL Says:

    I just ordered Issue 3, the girly tee, and the two stickers. I just had to. Long live Coilhouse! \o/

  34. Comorbid Says:

    Fabulous ladies! Perfection will be in my hands soon.

  35. Kylla Says:

    There was no need to convince me. I can’t wait for my copy!

  36. PapaKeilbasa Says:

    I cant wait to have this in my hands!

  37. Brock McCoy Says:

    moneyherepleasetakeit! Thank you.

  38. Pelianth Says:


  39. Beth Says:

    HAHAHAHAHA! Adrian, “If I could have hit the order button with more gusto, I would have.”. AGREED!

    I am stuck in a dicotomy… I want you to sell these good and sell these well as you deserve it, however, I don’t get paid untill Monday and only have £10 to my name ’till then. I’m actually *that* worried about missing the boat!

    You’ll get my support and sterling asap.

  40. Filipe Russo Says:

    guess I will be harvesting coilhouse’s arquives till Mag3 gets home from her vacations.

  41. R. Says:

    Must. Buy. Now.

  42. thirsten Says:

    Is there any way to buy this magazine in person? Like in a store and not online?

  43. David Forbes Says:

    I get back online after five days in the woods and see this wonderful piece of news.

    I’m grinning. A lot. Can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands.

  44. Lisxxor Says:

    You guys keep getting better and better! I just ordered mine. I can’t wait. Eep eep!

    Wow 2 of my favorite illustrators are in the same issue. Stuntkid and Yana Moskaluk! <3

  45. Ben Morris Says:

    This looks to be another fucking fantastic issue of Coilhouse (of course!) and I am especially looking forward to reading the interview with Nils Frykdahl. I think he is one of the most talented musicians around right now.

  46. agentdoubleoh-no Says:

    Looking forward to looking at it !

    From what I can tell on-line it seems — KA-POW — explosive!

  47. lizzelizzel Says:

    I can’t wait to get it!

  48. la mome neant Says:

    I’ve received my own issue of Coilhouse #3 on friday and browsed it during the whole week-end. It’s my favorite issue from the serie so far… I particurlarly enjoyed reading the interviews of artists, such as Marina Bychkova, Xeni Jardin, Sonny Vincent and Nils Frykdahl. Every each of these artists has such an intense view on work, it felt deeply inspiring, mades me want to grab my pen and moleskine, or scissors and printed papers or camera or whatever, I felt such a urge of creating something immediately. I’ve already read some of these articles twice, actually.
    Also, may I add that Coilhouse works very much against depression? I was feeling down but in a mere 10 minutes of reading I felt all jolly again.
    Thank you Coilhouse!

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  51. MAJO REY Says:

    i am a huge fan of this magazine!

  52. Tysall - ImagineFX Says:

    inspiration ordered