Spectacle Magazine is a quarterly illustrated fiction and lifestyle magazine. It's the bridge between those amazing worlds you love and the life you live. It's for people who believe the future is here, that cosplay is fashion, and magic is most certainly real. For us, genre isn't just literature, it's a lifestyle. Hope you like it!

Reviews

  • Mattfounder, sendwithus.com
    Pros: 

    Curated fiction/scifi (with open submissions) is awesome

    Cons: 

    Waiting until feb for the first issue

    Nice pre-holidays selfpresent!

    Matt has never used this product.
  • JuliusDesigner
    Pros: 

    Illustrations are beautiful.

    Cons: 

    We have to wait until February.

    Can't wait for it to come out. All I know is that if Kevin and Danny are involved it'll be pretty rad.

    Julius has never used this product.

Discussion

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Kevin HaleMaker@ilikevests · Founder, Spectacle
Hey everyone! I'm the creative director and one of the founders of Spectacle! Speculative fiction is a huge genre and we made this magazine for the fans. So please let us know what you think of the lineup, send us any questions, and tell us what you'd love to see in the magazine!
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Congrats, @ilikevests. As the founder of Wufoo and former YC partner, others probably expected you to build a pure software product. Why start a physical magazine?
Kevin HaleMaker@ilikevests · Founder, Spectacle
@rrhoover The ultimate goal is to create a modern publishing company powered by software and ultimately helps writers and artists, which is something near and dear to my heart having studied digital art and modern American literature in college. The magazine is a vehicle for our first step. The final output is physical, but what we needed to create was a brand that would attract great writers and authors. Print is a medium to do that and a magazine is actually way more cost effective if you want to do invest in writers at scale.
Kevin HaleMaker@ilikevests · Founder, Spectacle
@rrhoover We’re also definitely making software. Most publishers and even literary agents don’t actually go through their slush piles. Average writers in genre will publish online for 10 years before getting recognized. Publishing is too much like a boys club still—you have to know someone to get noticed / read. For example, Tor, one of the big publishers in science fiction no longer takes open submissions, which is such a loss. The problem is they don’t have or use tools to help them get through the data and augment their editors ability to find diamonds in the rough. We want to always be able to take open submissions. We want to find great writers at scale and eventually invest in them. We’re starting with a magazine, we’re building internal tools to power it, and we ultimately want to use that data to publish books.
Garry Tan@garrytan · Managing Partner, Initialized Capital
Talk about shaking up an old file cabinet industry! This one happens to be super important because sci fi is lots of creators actually think through what the future could actually be like. I'm really psyched to see what Kevin and Danny put together here.
Kevin Lou@kevinbryantlou · Founder, Anytable 🍜
Love the illustrations and blend of speculative fiction! I'll have to pick one up for myself. 👍
Jeremy Bauer@barnabybones · Writer + Arts Instructional Designer
Yeah, that art is killer ⚡️✨