Sunday, October 28, 2012

A BIG blogiversary and our MAN

Two years of blogging and we celebrated our 'blogiversary' side by side in Perth amid the arrival of thousands of Game on! magazines. Perfect timing and a year since we launched our First Flight.

We read back over the first post, the invitation and the response and remember all it has taken to arrive here as we watch our girls frolic and play together. They were just 10 months and 22 months old when we started this BIG venture. Crazy, Yes! They have been incredible markers of time, and alongside deadlines, magazine making and business wrangling we have shared transitions and stages of breast feeding, big girl beds, toddler tantrums, scribbles and emerging graphite faces and even very first steps.
Nadia and Twyla at the door to the next BIG year ahead
It is a perfectly BIG week to take us into our third year of working side by side as we celebrate the launch of  Game ON! and tackle the massive subscriber mailout. We are also excited to finally launch our mini MAN blog Festival on Sunday 4th November. Such a response we have received to the birth of this Mother Artist Network it has been overwhelming and we are SO HAPPY to have found a fellow researcher and Mother Artist in Vivienne Rogis who has taken on the MAN with great gusto that we are absolutely thrilled to announce her as guest editor for this inaugural MAN Festival.
Ringing the bell at the very start of this third BIG year together.  

We remember when we tried to cut the yellow dragon from the website animation and being overruled by the BIG kids editors...thanks guys! To this day we are learning on the job. A learning curve like no other. A collaboration of epic (Luca's word) proportions. Thanks for sharing it with us x 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Issue 3 - Holding it in our hands.

Lilly's BIG preview copy arrived before mine and so, like with First Flight, we shared the opening of Game On! via Skype. How things have got BIGGER since that very first sighting one year ago when we saw each other for the first time in 12 years!

When our copy finally landed in Perth it was an incredible relief to watch our senior ed engrossed in the pages. He poured over each article and artwork and gave it a very concentrated thumbs up. Today he pulled it out again, standing to spin around 10 times like the prompt he invented and gathering lego counters to play the pages- Game On! indeed.
"Definitely the best yet"
Studying the cover in 3D... (notice the littlest BIG girl in on the action in the Skype window!)

Luca gathered lego counters at the ready to play Rob and Ben Kimmel's 'Spacerace' and the the next morning there was a galaxy inspired drawing on the table...

Engrossed in the adventures of Boatbird

Lilly holds up the BIG three! 
 Less than two weeks until the first BIG mailout of Issue 3: 
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The BIG cover - Game on!

We are counting down to the launch of Issue 3, Game On! Here we reveal the BIG cover - a 3D collaboration between artist Stormie Mills and 13 yr old Max, both based in Perth, Western Australia. And YES, there are FREE 3D glasses inside every issue! We were SO excited when Stormie agreed to front our BIG mag with the amazing Max, age 13. Stormie's work is incredibly evocative and comes from his passionate beginnings in street art. "His imagery highlights the strength needed to continue onward in the face of adversity shining the spotlight on the superhero in all of us." Together, Max and Stormie have created an original and truly collaborative cover from concept to final artwork. You can read about how they created it and complete your own cover inside and we will feature more on the cover team here soon! The magazines are just a fortnight away from being packed up and mailed out to our beloved subscribers worldwide...

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