Thursday, April 03, 2008

Callithump! New issue! New website!

New issue!The latest issue of Callithump! is now available in the Lord Hall entryway. This time it's totally buttons, at a special 50%-off price of 25 cents! Why all buttons? Lots of reasons, but basically, because we love buttons. I also wanted to challenge myself to see if I could come up with 1,000 different designs in a short period of time, and the 7/8" button format was a fun medium to work in. Yes, I can come up with that many designs, I'm happy to say, but it did require incorporating a whole lot of public domain work. I'm pretty happy with the results. You should check them out yourself at the Art Department in Lord Hall at the University of Maine in Orono.

To celebrate the launch of the new issue, we also have a new website, We're finally breaking down and letting people buy Callithump! content online, so people who aren't near Orono or Belfast can get in on the fun. The store doesn't have much in it right now, but it will!


Chris The Gardener said...

Interesting idea. Certainly one I would expect from you. I'll have to track down my very own copy in the Portland store. Is it an Unbridled Lust for a new generation?

matt leclair said...

It certainly is a return to my roots doing this. I only got involved in computers because I wanted to do Unbrlidled Lust! in the first place, and that led to pretty much to my entire career afterwards.

At the same time, Callithump! is a lot more playful and frivolous. We had a real mission with Unbridled Lust!. Back then there were no venues for art, literature or viewpoints outside the mainstream in Eastern Maine. Now with the World Wide Web, everyone with a modicum of determination can have a voice! The new challenge is to create an experience that you can't get over the Internet.

Let me know what you think when you get to Artascope to get your capsules!