Who's responsible for this monstrosity?
The two people responsible for Stalking Elk are the editor, Kit Caless and the art director Chris Smisson. They have been friends since the great Westgate Kebab Riots of 1996 in cathedral city of Canterbury, Kent. All brainstorming, idea construction and pun creation is generally conducted over a fry-up on a Sunday morning or over a pint of the black stuff in the evening. They need each other more than they like to admit.
Why the hell do you do this?
We make Stalking Elk so you donít have to. No, thatís a lie. We make Stalking Elk because we want to create a magazine that makes you laugh and acts as a platform for writers and illustrators who donít get an audience because the world is too damn serious. Everyone likes jokes but very few publications are willing to base their entire magazine on them. Itís something weíre really proud of and something we think is adding a positive contribution to peopleís lives rather than existing in that negative space of the ironic ĎNothingí. Weíre not going to slag of other publications by name, but thereís only so much sneering and fashion crap we can take before reaching for the chainsaw and heading to Shoreditch on a decapitation binge.
Do you make money out of this or what?
The short answer is no. We self fund this thing. We have tried to make the
cover price as close to cost price as possible so the reader is getting their true
moneyís worth. We do small print runs too, so our production costs are higher
than your average glossy-print-the-fuck-out-of-this-thing magazine. We also
are ideologically opposed to advertising any product that we do not completely
respect and like. This severely limits our potential for advertising
At the moment we cannot pay contributors so everyone who is involved with Stalking Elk is doing it for free. Perhaps in the future if we start selling in bigger units this will change, but for now... itís all love.
Why on earth do you print it. You have heard of the internet haven't you?
Yeah, weíve heard of the Internet. We use it sometimes too. In fact, Stalking
Elkís ancestor existed as pdf downloads and purely web-based magazine,
We print Stalking Elk because we appreciate the physical qualities of
print and understand that staring at a screen just isnít the same as reading off
paper, particularly for illustration. We also think that putting money behind a
print publication means that you take things more seriously. This is ironic, of
course, considering the fact that we are so fixated on the laugh, we have decided
seriousness is our mortal enemy.
Nevertheless, we are backing ourselves by going to print. Letís face it, anyone with basic coding skills and some unemployed mates can make a website. Pick up a copy of the Elk and see for yourself Ė it is different to hold something in your hand. It is small enough to fit in your bag or pocket (A5 size) but big enough in content and delivery to fill up your head.
How can I submit an article or illustration?
Each issue of Stalking Elk has a theme. If you want to submit an unsolicited piece
of writing to us it is advisable that you try to fit it to the theme of the issue. You
can find out what the theme is by following us on twitter. We will also post up
the theme in the Contact section of this website - You will find the details of
where to send your sub there.
If you want to submit an illustration itís advisable to send us a link to your portfolio. You can send an illustration to fit the theme, however, we tend to commission illustrations to accompany already written articles. If we like your style we will get in contact to see if you want to illustrate something particular for us.