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

COILHOUSE 03 is out

By Xeni Jardin


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 MaƱas (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.)


Published 11:46 am Tue, Sep 15, 2009

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About the Author

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:

43 Responses to “COILHOUSE 03 is out, with a feature on Xeni + BB Video.”

  1. angusm says:

    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. Xeni Jardin says:

    Mark just took care of that for us, Angusm.

  3. mdh says:

    You SO could have slipped in a botfly larvae just there.

  4. Xeni Jardin says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    @mojave – duct tape, scientifically proven to be the only thing that sticks to unicorns.

  6. mdh says:

    moleskine sticks to corns pretty well.

  7. simonbarsinister says:

    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?

  8. Xeni Jardin says:


  9. phoenix says:

    Can…can I get that leading image on a poster? :D

  10. Anonymous says:

    The picture… it’s mighty EPIC ! O_O

  11. simonbarsinister says:

    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.

  12. jfrancis says:

    That magazine, and its associated web site, are fantastic, btw.

  13. nadyalev says:

    Xeni, thank you again for this post and for the interview. It means the world to us!

  14. dculberson says:

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

  15. Anonymous says:

    yeah ride that unicorn, baby! ride it HARD!

  16. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I can never find lipstick that matches my unicorn’s mane. How do you do it?

  17. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Dammit Xeni, I SO wanted that to be a real website..


  18. simonbarsinister says:

    @Arkizzle: so tempted to register the domain and make it a real website…

  19. Brainspore says:

    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.

  20. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Simon, you could bring glittery satisfaction to so many young hearts.

  21. GeekMan says:

    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.”

  22. Andrew Ferguson says:

    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.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This magazine is cheaper than 2 drinks at a bar. Stay in tonight and buy it because you love Xeni!

  24. Anonymous says:

    snarky anonymous comment

  25. theawesomerobot says:

    I dig the layout, high five Courtney Riot.

  26. Phikus says:

    So Xeni: How does it feel to be a certified web goddess now?

  27. pinehead says:

    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.”

  28. tomorrowboy says:

    @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.


  29. Theremina says:

    Thank you, Xeni. We love BoingBoing. And you will always be my favorite unicorn chaser.

    xo, Meredith

  30. Dean Putney says:

    Purple text? Unicorns? Cupcake bicycles? Xeni?

    Where can I buy this magazine again?

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

  31. Xeni Jardin says:

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

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

  32. Xeni Jardin says:

    @DEAN PUTNEY, LOL. You’re the web genius here!

  33. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    You infectious bastard.

  34. apoxia says:

    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.

  35. Theremina says:

    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!


  36. Takuan says:

    “it’s a dirty story, about a dirty girl…”

  37. jfrancis says:

    That outfit Xeni is wearing in the unicorn is based on the Maria robot from Metropolis?

  38. GuabaMan says:

    Simply Amazing! Love the cyborg Maria from Metropolis look!
    Now we need a Xenicornium action figure.

  39. Takuan says:

    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:

  40. lessthanzen says:

    I made this for when an image is so vile and disgusting there is no recovery…