Quail Bell Magazineis a multimedia publication that explores the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly through the highest quality creative and journalistic content. This includes culture, commentary, original literature, and many oddities. Owned and operated by the socially-minded media company, Quail Bell Press & Productions, Quail Bell Magazine also spearheads projects in historic preservation and community arts. All in all, Quail Bell embraces folklore in all its forms.
After spending her entire childhood and adolescence writing, drawing, and creating in various senses of the word, Christine Stoddard decided to realize her dream of starting a magazine.
The first professional quality magazine she established was Comicality. Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Media Commission had awarded Christine and her then-classmate Jeremy Clemmons a grant to make a campus humor & sequential arts magazine. Shortly thereafter, Christine appointed David Fuchs as her co-editor, whereas Jeremy became Comicality’s staff writer. Under the guidance of Gregory O. Weatherford and Mark Jeffries, Christine and David produced a 42-page, full-color, 10'' x 12'' comics magazine.
As pleased as Christine was about winning the grant, she still wanted to establish a magazine on her own, outside of a university setting. So, in December 2009, Christine registered the domain name for QuailBellMagazine.com not long after founding her company, Quail Bell Press & Productions, LLC., in Richmond, Virginia.
Christine immediately began pooling the talent of her friends and classmates at VCU and Grinnell College. She also called upon people she had met at Yorktown High School. Then Christine started posting Craigslist ads, Ed2010.com announcements, and flyers in Richmond, VA and Washington, D.C.
By May 15, 2010--thanks to the help of David Fuchs, Jeremy Clemmons, Amy Cheong, Michelle Labbé, Ani Mikaelian, Adrienne Kerr, Bolashade Hanson, Maggie Craig, Daniel Wikey, Samantha Highfill and Brittany Fulk--QuailBellMagazine.com went live. Yet the magazine became a much more serious endeavor in February 2011, after Christine re-launched the website and modified her staff to compensate for those who had graduated and moved.
By May 2011, Christine repeated the process and further elevated the magazine’s status with recognition from the likes of Doe Deere, Mediaeval Baebes, Voltaire, David Malki!, Dirty Richmond, Virginia Living Magazine, and others. In October 2011, Style Weekly Magazine named Christine one of Richmond, VA's "Top 40 Under 40" for her accomplishments in art and journalism, but most notably Quail Bell.
Christine and her new business partner and Art Director, Kristen Rebelo, are currently constantly in the process of further improving the publication and planning for its print release.
College-educated, young adult females (18-35) from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada make up most of our readership. They're inquisitive, worldly, and invested in their communities. They dream big and also enjoy looking their best. Many of these ladies have studied, or are studying, English, Art, Journalism, History, or Anthropology. Of our American readers, many of them come from the East Coast, particularly the Mid-Atlantic. Often they are students or alumni of colleges and universities located in or around New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Our British readers tend to come from London and Scotland. Most of our Canadian readers come from British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, and Novia Scotia. We typically earn 18,000-25,000 unique page views a month, but those numbers are steadily growing!
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Quail Bell is more than a unique reading experience; it's a whole lifestyle that embraces the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly. Find us in galleries, bookstores, libraries, restaurants, schools--even on the street!
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