COILHOUSE 03 is out, with a feature on Xeni + BB Video.


Buy Coilhouse #3 right here. We're big fans of Coilhouse Magazine over here at Boing Boing, so it was a special honor and delight when the gothtastically beautiful ladies who run the publication told us they were planning a feature on me/BB. I swear I'm not just vanity-blogging here -- this whole issue is wonderful, and the fantastic illustrations by Stuntkid (aka Norfolk, VA-based artist Jason Levesque), including the unicorny one above, are the coolest ever. I love his work!

The physical artifact is gorgeous: rich colors, lush print quality, embossed glossy cover, beveled corners. The articles are great, and the same sort of material we'd cover here on any given blog-day: a photo-essay on the "pirate ghetto," Walled City of Kowloon; an avatar fashion spread shot by Gustavo Lopez Mañas (this is the cover shot), Marina Bychkova's creepy ball-jointed porcelain dolls, and an interview with Battlestar Galactica's conceptual captain Ron Moore. There's lots more.

I know the Coilhouse folks have been struggling of late to keep putting out such a high-quality, densely-packed publication in this crappy economy. Y'know how, some magazines, you buy 'em, then toss 'em right when you're done reading them -- but others, you stick on your bookshelf and keep 'em forever? Coilhouse is a keeper. They're doing strong work in the true Boing Boing spirit of Happy Mutantry, and I hope you'll support them by buying a copy (or a t-shirt!) today.

* Link to Coilhouse issue #03 preview
* Flickr set with details of Stuntkid's illustrations.

(Special thanks to photographer Clayton Cubitt, whose work appears in the aforementioned feature; to Courtney Riot, who did the graphic design on this issue, and to Nadya Lev, Meredith Yayanos, and Zoetica, the co-editrix trifecta behind Coilhouse.)



  1. Does the fact that you have posted a unicorn chaser without anything vile and disturbing preceding it mean that you are now obliged to follow it up with something horrifying? A unicorn chaser chaser, so to speak.

    Equilibrium must be preserved.

  2. Coilhouse the magazine with beveled edges interviews Ron Moore, the man responsible for a universe where all paper has beveled edges. The universe folds in on itself?

  3. I am having cognitive dissonance with a comment about Xeni in a metal suit, with descriptions like “sliding” and “f*ck” that is just about the logistics of riding a unicorn.

    I must be spending too much time on 4chan.

  4. That’s an awesome picture of you, Xeni! (The actual photo, not the drawing. Although the drawing has its own charms.)

  5. Jeez Xeni, for someone who spends so much time flying through the stratosphere you look like you could use some sun. That is one well-polished mount you’ve got there, though.

  6. Now I find myself yearning for the day that Xeni will ride up to me on her unicorn wearing her futuristic armour-jumpsuit, stretch out a single hand, and say:

    “Come with me if you want to live.”

  7. I’d love to continue supporting this magazine; they write about such awesome stuff.

    Unfortunately, at $25+ CDN per issue I can’t really justify it anymore.

  8. A mark of Stuntkid’s talent: before reading even the first syllable of this post, I noticed the top half of the image on my screen and thought, “Hm. That looks like Xeni Jardin. On a… no, couldn’t be.”

    *scroll* “Well. How about that? Boob armor, too. I bet that’s expensive, to make it fit right.”

  9. @Andrew: I picked up Coilhouse issue 3 for $15 (coverprice) in a magazine shop in Toronto last week. If you live in a major city maybe try some of the bigger magazine shops?

    And any bar where two drinks costs $25 is one I am staying incredibly, incredibly far away from.


  10. Purple text? Unicorns? Cupcake bicycles? Xeni?

    Where can I buy this magazine again?

    Also, I may note that is not owned. Investment opportunity much?

  11. Thanks, Mer! Keep doing the wonderful work you’ve been doing.

    @PINEHEAD: it’s spelled “Bewb Armor.”

  12. Looks like a really cool magazine. To buy and have it shipped to New Zealand, however, would cost me NZD40.00. That’s a little too much for me. I do subscribe to an English magazine which costs me NZD18.00 an issue (including postage), but I can’t really justify twice the price. It’s a shame because I have been thinking of finding other alternative magazines I could purchase.

  13. Hi, Apoxia. I’m one of the co-founders of Coilhouse, and I actually just moved to NZ. It’s true, we don’t have distribution here yet but we’re working on it. (We do have distribution in Australia… so close, yet so far away!)

    Meantime, there’s a stack of #03s being shipped to me from LA in the next few days. Email me at theremina at gmail dot com and we’ll work something out… it might take a little while, but I’d be happy to mail you a copy myself once they get here. Cheers!


  14. unicornism is spreading
    “the several months that Baucus’ Gang of Six spent in pursuit of a bipartisan bill were a waste of time, he said, because the GOP has no plans on cooperating. “The Senate and the president to some extent have been like a child looking for a unicorn. I don’t see it,” he said. “The Senate is [often called] the cooling saucer of our democracy. It’s starting to seem more like the meat locker of our democracy.”

    Read more at:

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