Phox Pop magazine Issue 2It was probably less than an hour into the launch party for Phox Pop magazine Issue 1 that I knew for sure I’d be doing an Issue 2.

Despite my single-minded ‘just-do-this-one-at-least’ approach to the inaugural issue of Phox Pop magazine, pretty much as soon as I had officially released it into the world, and my friends and peers were buying copies, flicking through them, and reacting really positively at that party, I had decided that this second instalment was inevitable.

Of course, what’s also inevitable, is the massive amount I’ve learned between the figure-it-out-as-I-go-along approach of number one, to the point at which I’m writing this editorial for number two. Stuff like taking on board the invaluable advice and constructive feedback received from industry professionals, enlisting a distributor, and partnering with a supportive new printer. I’m sure you can already feel some of the progress made in the improved quality of this lovely uncoated paper stock alone.

For Issue 2, I’ve also scouted further and wider to bring you some great contributions — narrative and visual — from a brilliant bunch of thinkers, seekers, makers, and doers from all over the world.

Phox Pop magazine Issue 2 is 96 (advertising-free) pages of stories about thinkers, seekers, makers and doers.

Inside we examine:

  • The history of made-up musical instruments, and personifications of nature in Nordic folktales.
  • The on-again, off-again relationship between Britain’s first astronaut and her interstellar attire, and the scientist who’s spent 50 years studying “the most remarkable biological phenomena in the world”.
  • Plus, discover a cabinet-maker in a hospital garden, crystal formations in urban places, and find out what links pasta and hipsters.

Phox Pop Issue 2 is out now, and is available to buy online for £6.