Our Boys & Girls Club Debut
Wondering why there weren't many updates on the website yesterday? On April 20, QB made its Boys & Girls Club debut for Global Youth Service Day. Executive Editor Christine Stoddard and Associate Editor Julie DiNisio represented VCU AmeriCorps and helped set up a world exhibit at the Boys & Girls Club in Southside Richmond. Christine worked in the European exhibit, setting up a table about European folklore, while Julie worked in the North American exhibit, donning her first-ever sports jersey. The children learned about cultures and countries from around the world.
Pop-up in Pittsburgh, PA!
If you like things that spring up over night, you'll love what Connor Sites-Bowen is doing next in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's a pop-up bookstore the last weekend in May at Cats and Dogs Coffee Shop (4059 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224). Best yet? Quail Bell will be participating! We'll post more information about this event soon in The Real.
Straight from my heart/hard drive
Can you say bad Photo Booth?
As I prepare to graduate from college, I cannot help but reflect over the past few years--moving to a new state, transferring schools, re-discovering Virginia, and growing up at VCU. Part of my journey, of course, has involved creating and maintaining Quail Bell. What began as a modest personal project is fast becoming an online and real-world community of art, culture, and quirkiness.
I'm thrilled to see what's in store for QB in pixels and print over the next few months and even years. The paper, audio, and video projects we have planned for this summer and fall alone are sure to make your QB experience plus belle.
Thank you so much for giving The QB Crew this opportunity to experiment with new media and entertain you with our many trials and errors. Now that I'm finally finishing up school, I promise I'll have more time to dedicate to my favorite fledglings! The QB Crew have so much we want to give you. So remember to check back often.
Christine Stoddard/Luna Lark
Are you QB's new Art Director?
Are you fledgling at heart? A dreamer who's curious about the world, hopelessly nostalgic, and impeccably detail-oriented? Do you want to bring beauty to everything and help people while doing it? Do you live for art, culture, and quirkiness? You might be QB's new Art Director! Please send an email to Executive Director Christine Stoddard for more information. Feel free to send your resume and samples, too.
Bigna Bazaar, the online vintage shop that lent us clothes for our most recent Photo Tale, gave us a shout-out on their website. Check it out! We always love free publicity!
Want us to review your project?
If you want us to review your book, CD, art show, comic, fashion line, or other project/product, we make it easy. Just mail us a sample and/or press release and/or press pass! You don't have to email or call us to ask for permission. Simply send it our way.
Of course, please use your judgement in deciding if it's appropriate for QB. Remember that we focus on the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly. To find out more about us, see our press kit.
And if you still think your stuff fits, MAIL IT TO US:
Quail Bell Magazine
c/o Christine Stoddard
P.O. Box 4844
Richmond, VA 23220
*Please include an SASE if you want your sample returned.
Look who's talking about us!
So...we're not always aware of what people are saying about QB. Maybe we should try to get on that. Maybe we need to Google ourselves waaay more often. Because on February 15th, Richmond Arts Review wrote a snippet about us and we had no feathery idea! Thanks, Richmond Arts Review for a giving a flip about these little birds--we appreciate it. As for your note on longevity? Yes, we surely intend to stay. Watch this fledglings mag turn into something bigger and better. We're certainly prepping for it!
We [heart] The Puffin Foundation
Picture of Christine Stoddard at an outdoor Palm Sunday mass at the church Richmond's Mixteco community attends. By Zack Budryk.
Whoopee! The Puffin Foundation recently awarded Executive Editor Christine Stoddard a grant to pursue an original QB photo comic on the history and folklore of the Mixteco Indians in Richmond. The comic is scheduled for release this fall, and will be available both online and in print. Right now Christine is gathering research for the comic with the help of Zack Budryk, a senior Journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Zack and Christine will present their preliminary findings at VCU's Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research & Creativity. Here's another victory for QB! Thank you, Puffin!