Thursday, November 1, 2012

Launch of Issue 3 - GAME ON!

At last, envelopes are sealed and the first batches of subscriber copies have been sent out across the world. As from today the Game On! edition of BIG Kids Magazine is also on the shelves of most of our stockists and available direct from our website. This feat is nothing short of a miracle in our mother/artist worlds and our unwavering creative collaboration continues fervently despite late night tantrums (mostly our children's, sometimes ours!), ridiculous work loads and unexpected disruptions.

Game On! was themed at the request of our 'senior' editor Luca, age 9, who has given it the BIG thumbs up. The pages were created by Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue with the help of a BIG team including our BIG kids editors Luca, age 9, Pippa, age 11, Jonah, age 11, Zali, age 12 , Ruby, age 12, and Twyla, age 3. It features the work of well known Australian artist Stormie Mills and Max, age 13 who collaborated on the cover. 

 BIG publishes the work and ideas of children and artists side by side. We are thrilled to introduce to you the extraordinary contributors featured in Issue 3 - Game On!

Meredith Gaston created the FREE bespoke pull out artist print, and sees the world through grateful and curious eyes. She paints whimsical worlds of colour, writes small stories and exhibits and sells her work all over the world. She lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia

Campbell Whyte is an illustrator and artist based in Perth, Australia. He is the featured artist in our 'Grown and Growing' interview series sharing his obsession with nintendo and comic creation alongside our senior editor game guru Luca, age 9.

Mr Spoqui is a zine created by 4 siblings living in Lisbon, Portugal. Tiago, Blanca, Milena and Amanda meet on a shared page to discover new places and people, share memories, knowledge and inspiring worlds from around the world.

Rob Kimmel and son Ben, age 9 of Wandermonster, collaborate on lunch posts where Ben completes half finished drawings and stories that his dad draws onto post it notes tucked each day into his lunch box.  Massachusetts, USA

PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) is a gallery in Western Australia and location of Spark_Lab -  a learning arts program designed to grow innovators of the future.

Andy J. Miller created our very cool colour page (see preview below) and is a full time illustrator based in Columbas, USA. He is the creator of the NOD project and the Indie Rock Colouring Book.

Artplay is a unique creative laboratory in Melbourne, Australia that involves children and their families in interactive projects with contemporary artists across a wide range of disciplines.

BIG creative consultant Lea Redmond has contributed to each issue of BIG Kids Magazine. She is the brilliant mind behind Leafcutter designs and the World's Smallest Postal Service, Oakland, USA.

Marcie J Bronstein  is a photographer and the creator of Fotoplay, Maine, USA. Marcie's Fotoplay has just been signed by Chronicle Books.

Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue are artists, collaborators and the creators of BIG things. They work responsively to bring the imaginative journey's of the Grumpi's and Boatbird to life in each issue.

AMAG is an architecture magazine for children created by collaborators working between Finland and Spain.

Sohan Ariel Hayes is a film-maker and artist based in Perth, Australia.

Chrissie Parrott created the corner 'flip book' green man especially for Game On! and is a Nationally renowned choreographer based in Perth, Australia.

Zali, age 12, is our Special Feature Writer and has contributed to all 3 editions of BIG Kids Magazine. Brisbane, Australia

Childhood 101 is an online source of information for modern parents and the brainchild of Christie Burnett who collaborated with us to create a page of ideas and alternatives to screen based play!

Jo Ebisujima is a crafter, designer and organiser based in Japan and created a very cool memory card game with her son Ebi-kun age 7. Her work is lead by the Montessori philosophy.

Emma Fishwick is an emerging artist mentored by Jo Pollitt through the National JUMP program. Based in Perth, Australia, her work crosses disciplines of dance, design, new media and writing.

Tasmanian printmaker and heart traveller Madeleine Goodwolf responded to the beautiful work of Mika, age 5 (Melbourne) in our Child Artist Response Project (CARP).

LOVEPUNKS is an online game created by a gang of 9-11 year olds from remote Roeburn, Australia part of the Yijala Yijala project run by Big hART.

Claudie Frock, who moonlights as Peggy Pop Art at Lismore Regional Gallery, is featured SIDE BY SIDE with Sasha, age 6 from Singapore both with interpretations of Snakes and Ladders.

Lisa Cinar, is a an illustrator and writer based in Vancover, Canada responded to a work by Aimee, age 4 in Brisbane, Australia as part of our BIG CARP.

Rebecca Russell is the founder of parents in the arts (PITA) based in Melbourne and artistic collaborator with son Jude age 4.

Ruby, age 12 from New Zealand, Elsa, age 9 and Emil, age 5, from Tasmania,  Mia age 6, from Sydney, and Jonah, age 11, from Halls Gap are featured and there is a further selection of kids and artists work on the 'Game Gallery' page.

Here is a sneak peak of the BIG pages...What do you think?!

The BIG covers!  Issue 1: First Flight, Issue 2: Treasure Maps, Issue 3: Game On! 
Exquisite Corpse by Marcie J Bronstein in collaboration with her husband and son. 
Zali, age 12, has been with us from our very FIRST FLIGHT as the feature writer in all 3 issues. 
BIG and Childhood 101 on the left and and ready to be coloured NOD  by Andy J. Miller on the right 
Artwork you can actually play - Meredith Gaston creates Game on! 

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