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Woody Creeker delays publication

John Colson

The first edition of The Woody Creeker magazine won’t be published by the target date of Feb.1.But it still should roll out in the beginning of February, according to Anita Thompson, widow of the late Gonzo author Hunter S. Thompson and the creative force behind the publication.Thompson, 32, announced just after New Year’s Day that she is to be co-editor of a magazine focusing on Woody Creek – her neighborhood and home to some of the Roaring Fork Valley’s more eccentric residents.The magazine’s mission, to quote Thompson’s play on a line from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, is to be a publication “by the Woody Creatures, for the Woody Creatures.”Although the initial publication date was hopefully set at Feb. 1, that has slipped a bit, she said Friday, because “it’s a bigger project than I anticipated.”But articles have been sent in, the layout of The Woody Creeker is under way, and Thompson said she plans to print the first edition on or around Feb. 7, using a borrowed Risograph printing machine, which is advertised on the Internet as a “self-contained reprographics system.”Thompson said she has been working to line up an initial group of advertisers to offset the costs of producing the first edition and plans to continue publication on a monthly or bimonthly basis.Because Thompson also is working on publishing a book of quotations from her internationally revered late husband, she said, “The Woody Creeker” will not publish at the kind of regular intervals expected of more traditional magazines.Rather, she said, the magazine’s working mottos is, “The Woody Creeker – Printed When You Least Expect It.”The first edition, she said, is scheduled to contain 24 pages of prose, poetry and photography, “but it might have to be bigger” to accommodate all the creative submissions she has received. The format, she said, will be 11 inches by 17 inches, folded in half, with a full-color cover. The inside pages will be black and white.Thompson recalled that she originally planned to limit the first edition to 100 copies, but that has grown to 2,000 in order to satisfy demand.She has been deluged with requests for copies of the initial edition, and she assured interested readers, “We will make it available. Don’t worry, if you want one, you can get one.” But the exact means of accomplishing that goal are still in the works.Individual copies or subscriptions, she said, will be available on a website she and Hunter Thompson put together years ago, http://www.gonzostore.com. Subscriptions will cost $19.37, and single copies will be $1.99. The link to the magazine sales that was still under construction on Friday should be completed soon, she said.Thompson said she did not know if she’ll publish the magazine long term. “If it’s serving a purpose in the community, yes,” she said. “Right now, it’s just a way for us to record our life here.”John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com


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