I received my copy of hello mr., issue 01, a couple of weeks ago. I was very eager to dive into reading the magazine that has branded itself as a new zine for men that date men. I had to fight the temptation to get into it because it’s been busy at work and I wanted to peruse the articles with a clear mind. Today was finally that day.
There’s a lot of articles and what really made me excited as I finished all 168 pages was that I was pleased. I won’t say it was a perfect issue, there were a lot of great articles and a lot of articles I kind of expected. I commend all the writers, however, for their ardour.
Here’s my list of articles, authors, and photographs that I thought were phenomenal reads:
- The Sweet Struggle by Sam Rodgers
- Jesus Days, 1978–1983 by Greg Reynolds
- “Interested In Men” by Alden Peters
- Photographer: Barry Marré
- MAM by Jack Arthur Smith
- Web-series: the Outs by Adam Goldman
- Twenty-Five Things You Should Know About Being A Gay Man Before You Decide To Be One by Ryan O’Connell
- Soulmates Are Boring by Bernard Lansbergen
- Nice to See You by Adam Polaski
- Dating Under the Disco Ball by Dan Saniski
- Leashed by Adam Edgerton
- Twelve Steps to Break a Heart by Brent Persun
- Illustrator: Dan Gray
- Ritual L’Homme by Blair Mishleau
- The Gay Men Project by Kevin Truong
- Just Like Me by Arie Rain Glorie
The majority of the media I read/viewed in the first issue, I believe, lived up to what hello mr. is trying to brand itself as. They were refreshing, probably because of how honest and close-to-home they felt.