Hey, HM Magazine is calling for volunteers to submit art for a mosaic/collage we are putting into our new issue. If you’re an experienced graphic designer, that’s awesome! You’ll have no trouble sending us something (to spec: 2″ x 2″ at 300 dpi). If you’d never in the world consider yourself an artist, that’s awesome, too. Just send us something. I’m thinking a mosaic, kind of like what you might find in India. Maybe a little Japanese and some Mexican art… It’ll be a mixed bag, like the above graphic is (but I’m thinking squares with rounded corners, not trapezoids). You can submit anything, but I’m favoring the idea of blues, yellows, reds (if that helps).

Just send us a jpg file (other file types are okay). It’ll end up as a “CMYK” file, but most programs out there have “RGB” as a default. If you’re a pro, you’ll know that the conversion from RGB to CMYK will tweak the colors ever so slightly, so if it matters, send us the file as CMYK color (stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black … RGB is Red, Green and Blue… These colors combine to give us the “full color” image we see in print and/or on our computers).

THIS IS URGENT and WE ARE UNDER DEADLINE, so you have 5 days to get us something (starting today, 3/26). If you finish slightly after Wednesday 3/30, please don’t automatically assume that it’s too late and give up. Please contact me if you haven’t turned your square in by 3/30. There may still be room and time.


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In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

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My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


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Comrades 2020

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The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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