Kraven Magazine 2.0
Kraven Magazine 2.0 feature articles will give the opportunity of exposure to 30 individuals/businesses per issue to reach our community at no cost. In addition to providing ad placements free of cost to LGBTQ small businesses through these sections;
Art and Entertainment
Fitness & Wellness
Queer Social Justice and Politics
Extraordinary People (Interviews with individuals from our community who have extraordinary stories to motivate and inspire others in our community)
On Heels (Drag Queen Section)
Kraven Magazine 1.0 was focused on Gay men, but this new concept will cater to everyone in our community. We aim to become diverse with each new release and welcome any feedback that can help us improve the overall experience of the Magazine.
The cover paper will be 130# satin with matte lamination. The inside pages will be 70# matte. The Magazine is shipped in a branded envelope to protect this high-quality publication.
The magazine will be available at no cost digitally here, on our website. Print editions will be available for purchase to help us to keep the magazine free of cost ads and articles to expand our reach.
History of the origintal Kraven Magazine
2011, Fernando was 23 years old, working as a server at a restaurant in The Palm Hotel in Miami Beach. When covering the lunch hour of the gift shop attendant, he would read O Magazine - Oprah's magazine. He was amazed by the way the publication empowered and celebrated women, yet with articles that one could relate to. It provided tools that one could apply to improve their life and wellbeing. He quickly thought that our community could benefit from something so powerful, but often our publications were far off from the mission and vision of O’Magazine.
Then, every day he started to think about ideas for an LGBTQ publication that could impact our community, one that can provide bold, engaging content that is meaningful and can empower us. Fernando started to hide from his boss and co-workers while taking notes on what he needed to open a magazine. His boss often told him, “Go back to the floor. You aren’t opening a magazine”. Those words only made him more determined.
Kraven Magazine's first local Issue for Miami/Fort Lauderdale March 2011
After going door by the door with his friend Nery with just one sheet of paper, the “Media Kit,” of his vision for Kraven, he took Kraven Magazine off the ground. Two months later, after literary walking into every business and quitting the server job, Fernando returns to his former boss to leave some magazines for the restaurant. After a few issues in Miami, Fernando decides to move to San Francisco, where again he faces challenges that are quickly overcome, determined by his vision of bringing Kraven to San Francisco. Using platforms like Grindr and adam4adam, Fernando would look for writers and contributors for his first issue of Kraven Magazine in San Francisco. His first writer, whom Fernando felt for his writing right away, SM Brennan, neither of them thought that the future had other plans in store for then. That it was just more than an article. With Fernando broken English found a savor, Brennan became the editor of the magazine, later investing in Kraven. After a year now, the magazine was not local but turned nationwide, catching the attention of many, but one in particular, Charle Plfaumer, who reached out to Fernando, interesting in becoming part of the team. The two quickly connected, and Fernando loved his style of design and creativity. Charlie, together with Brennan, gave birth to Kraven's first team.
The team have the opportunity to work with amazing LGBTQ people and to produce more than 15 original fashion editorials done by magnificent photographers from Spain to Canada, New York to San Francisco.
About seven years ago, one of our writers, Raad, wrote an article about the misrepresentation of our community in the comic book industry, which led to the creation of Kraven Comics, which is the reason for Kraven Magazine's temporary shutdown and took place so Fernando could focus on getting the comic book off the ground.
Seven years later, Kraven Comics has two series with a total of 10 books and working on selling the franchise to studios, so Fernando thought, “It’s time to bring Kraven Magazine back.” This time around, with a new concept inspired by his own experience with Kraven Comics. When Fernando reached out to many LGBTQ publications, most of them asked from $750 to $5,000 to have a spot to place an article about the comic book. Still, when Marvel or big companies turn a character's gay or bi just for marketing purposes, they all talk about it for free when these companies haven’t cared about us. It is understandable the cost of producing a magazine, but there should be a publication that can sustain itself while providing a voice to members of our community. One that many in our community can find the support needed for them to thrive in such difficult times.
Subscriptions & Shipping
We have a couple of options for subscriptions and single issues and also for wholesale retail. We recommend a subscription to reduce the delivery rate.
Due to the quality of the product, we suggest people subscribe in order to get a discounted shipping rate of $2 versus buying a single issue outside the Kickstarter platform will cost over $6 for shipping.
Kraven Magazine is planned to be published every three months with 2 special editions a year for a total of 6 issues a year. As the magazine grows and expands, there is the possibility of publishing monthly.
With your print subscription, you will allow us to continue to keep the magazine articles and ads free of cost. It will also enable us to invest in our reach so the individuals we feature get the most of the exposure.
Kraven Magazine will be available on our website digitally at no cost. The $5 dollars perk for the digital edition is only if you like to make a small continuation.
When Kraven Comics need it the most support during the first few months of the pandemic, It was thanks to two publications; South Florida Gay News and Peach Atlanta, that with their featured article and exposure helped Kraven Comic’s successful Kickstarter campaign that paved the way to what Kraven Comics is today.
Fernando reaches out to the original team, Brennan and Charlie, to ask them to join him as part-owners to bring back Kraven Magazine 2.0. Brennan, who has brought up to conversation the wish to bring kraven Magazine back, quickly says yes to becoming the Executive Editor. Charlies, who felt that this chapter of Kraven hasn’t over and that the magazine was destined to return, happily accepted his position as Art Director. Fernando also brought a new face, Oscar Sausameda, Kraven Comic’s co-writer, who, like Charlie, found out about the comic and reached out to Fernando to get involved without knowing that thru Kraven Comics, he would become part of the inner circle of the minds behind the signature Kraven landing him the position of Managing Editor at Kraven Magazine 2.0.
Together they form #TeamKraven, working hard to bring visibility to many artists and business owners. To look for people with extraordinary stories that can motivate and inspire the community. To challenge the norm and to talk about topics that sometimes may be hard to talk about. But the most important thing is to give chances.
Kraven Magazine's First Cover, Miami beach 2011.
How to be part of Kraven Magazine
Kraven Magazine 2.0 is more than a publication; It celebrates the many minds and individuals of such a diverse and inclusive community.
#TeamKraven wants everyone to have an opportunity and a platform to share their ideas, service, and stories. Kraven Magazine 2.0 have many ambitious goals to stimulate the community within different Kraven projects.