Thanks to everyone who bought a 2008 Slingshot Organizer — their sale pays to print this paper and for other radical media projects. Sadly, we ran out of organizers in November — about two months before we’re usually out — and as a result, some bookstores and projects couldn’t get organizers they ordered. We’re currently getting some copies returned from stores that ordered too many. If you didn’t get an organizer and you want one, check our website for distributors that have organizers in stock. We’ll print more copies next year so this doesn’t happen in again. (If you are a bookstore and you have returns, please send them now.) We also have a few seconds available (damaged or slightly defective copies) — let us know if you would like to order some of those at a discounted price.
We’re already thinking about publishing the 2009 Organizer. If you have ideas about things that we should include, contact us now. We’re in search of radical historical dates, radical contact listings, feature ideas, articles, doodles and graphics for the calendar, etc. In particular, we are seeking cover artwork — every year it is a huge, (often last minute) struggle to find cover art. If you think you could draw better cover art than we have, you may be right — stop talking and start drawing!
Many people contact us because they notice that we didn’t include a particular historical date on a particular day that they think should have been included. Keep in mind that we have a huge list of historical dates for each day – about 10-30 per day. We thus don’t have room to print each date each year. We like to print different dates (and informational features) each year so the organizer isn’t precisely the same each year. So, if we missed a date in a particular edition, the chances are we printed it the previous year or the year before that. Or maybe we don’t know about it and you should send us the info.
We’ll start work on the 2009 organizer in June, with most of the work happening the first two weeks in August. The deadline for radical historical dates is June 1. The deadline for art for the inside of the calendar is July 1. The deadline for cover art, features, radical contact listings and all other submissions is July 31.
If you are in the bay area during the first two weeks in August and want to work on the organizer — even if you have no publications experience — join us for the fun! Contact us — many hands make light work and we like to incorporate new energy into the project. We’ll have the organizer back from the binder on October 1, 2008.