I became a patreon to Ryan’s campaign, so I am one of the lucky folks to be able to read it in its digital form ❤ And since it has been a while I reviewed T.O.F.U. Ryan has been relentlessly publishing this amazing magazine ever since, I felt it was time to write something again. 🙂
Ryan writes in his email:
So, I guess there’s not much else to say other than the fact that I’m incredibly happy with this issue, and am grateful for the work and support of all the authors, artists, and advertisers who helped to fill the pages.
I set out to do an issue that focused on mental health and veganism, and if it wasn’t for over a dozen people being willing to share their incredibly personal stories, I wouldn’t have been able to offer this release to you.
So, I hope you’ll read their words and either find a piece of yourself within them or come to realize just how important it is to address and embrace mental health issues within the vegan and animal rights community.
I especially love, love, love the illustrations and pictures in this one, turned out amazing! And almost* all of the articles spoke to me, it is a great collection about vegans, veganism and mental health – reaching from anxiety and ADHD over depression to suicidal thoughts/feelings.
Some humans have crossed my path online, like Emily van Euw, others’ names are new to me, but it is really, really worth checking out and reading it from front to back! 🙂
Closing words from Ryan:
And so, that’s another issue on the digital shelf. I know it’s cliché to say, but I really do think this was one of the better ones T.O.F.U. has released. A big part of that stems from the fact that the idea of going to print had me experimenting more with layouts and thinking of things in a visual sense. Sure, the Patreon campaign still has a distance to go before I’m able to justify the expense of print, but just seeing folks subscribe to the magazine for the long-term has me feeling a renewed sense of energy to keep doing what I’m doing and take risks along the way.
With that in mind, I’ll be starting on the new issue soon, and you can bet you’ll be seeing things on social media about a call for submissions and all that other good stuff. If all goes well, I’m hoping it will be out in January 2018. What better way to start a new year than with another issue focusing on the things that we all need to address to make the world a better place?
Personally, it sounds like a good thing to me, and I’m excited to find out who else will join me in making it happen.
For now though, I think I might take a nap. As I said before, I’m proud of this issue and incredibly happy to have been able to work with the authors, artists, and advertisers who made it happen. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need a bit of a break.
So, bring on the Netflix and the critters!
*The only perspective Ryan and I might agree to disagree about, is shown in the article dealing with Palestine, since we at xclusivx take another stance on the so-called occupation through Israel in that geographical region. But I will absolutely not hold this against the whole issue, because it is really done so well and touching.
.straight edge 1998