WE DID IT! THANK YOU BACKERS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN!
We are going to make the best book possible & celebrate Orby's 25th birthday in style in 2015!
Rob St. Mary
Author of - "Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology"
“…Fun magazine and Orbit felt a lot more supportive and positive to me and also full of satire as well - which is the positive side of that sort of ‘hip’ culture…” –Jack White
”This (book) is the best news I've heard since The Stooges reformed.” – Niagara
What are We Funding?
A heavily illustrated book that tells the tale of 35+ years of culture through three landmark magazines that covered Detroit music, film, art, food, and more like no one else dared, all served with a healthy dose of humor.
Orbit magazine, and earlier publications – Fun and White Noise – built a place for creative people to come together, take risks, and make something unique.
When you make a tax-deductible donation to this campaign you make it possible for this piece of Detroit history to receive the respect it deserves in a large, full-color volume sure to be one of the most handsome books on your coffee table or shelf.
Wayne State University Press is a non-profit publisher that sustains itself on a mix of sales, grants, and donations from those who support the mission of creating the best books on Detroit history and culture. There really is no better place for this book than Wayne State University Press because of its reputation and focus on what makes our community unique and valuable not only to us, but to the world.
We are seeking at least $17,000 to help offset the cost of the book. We are not asking you to pay for the whole thing, unless you really want to. What we are asking is for those who are excited about the book to support the project now and help make this book a reality. Give $60 and you'll receive a copy of the book hot off the presses in the fall of 2015. You will also receive other cool benefits, including a tax-deduction for a portion of your contribution. Since we are coming into the end of the year, charitable deductions can really add up and help you at tax time.
Ways we can say “THANK YOU”!
There are many ways we can say “THANK YOU” for supporting Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology from Wayne State University Press. Here are a few really cool ones we’d like you to consider:
$100 - Re-Entry + Perks + Party: Not only do you get your copy of Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology as soon as it's available, but you get into an exclusive party sure to be the “social event of the season” in Detroit. If you have ever been to the Dirty Show, or any of the Fun or Orbit parties of the past, you know it will be something you won’t want to miss!
$120 - Re-Entry + Orbit Shirt: Maybe your partying days are over, or you live somewhere beyond Detroit. Don’t worry – this is for you! Not only will you get your copy of Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology before anyone, but you’ll also get a brand new Orbit t-shirt just like that guy who made Pulp Fiction wore in his super cool movie. These are new, re-issued shirts made to the exact specifications of the originals. These shirts are being made for this campaign ONLY! Will you be able to get them later? Only Baby Jingo knows for sure. But, do you really want to take that chance? GET THEM NOW WHILE YOU CAN and BE STYLING!
$250 - Drinks with Jimmy Doom or Wine Tasting with Chris Kassel: You know Jimmy Doom and Chris Kassel as the “gastronauts” who told you what was worth your palate and your wallet in Orbit. Well, they are willing to share drinks and tales with you. Not only will you get your copy of Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology as soon as it's available, but you and a guest can choose between drinks with Jimmy or learning the finer points of viniculture with Chris Kassel at a fine Metro Detroit establishment (to be determined). Super limited and super cool! What could be better?
$350 - Original Jerry Vile Art: Not only is he responsible for Orbit, Fun, White Noise, The Dirty Show, and helping to create Real Detroit Weekly, Mr. Vile is an accomplished artist in his own right. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to own an original piece of work by Jerry Vile, plus you will get your copy of Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology hot off the press. WOW! Get on it!
$500 - My Dinner with Jerry Vile: You and a friend or loved one can have a great dinner with Jerry Vile at a fine Metro Detroit establishment (to be determined). Not only will you get your copy of Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology hot off the press, but this dinner is sure to be something to cherish for a lifetime because Mr. Vile will be grilled by none other than the man who helped to bust former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and huge Fun magazine fan, M.L. Elrick. It’s not every day you get to have dinner with two guys with extremely sharp senses of humor who have changed the course of Detroit history FOREVER! What secrets will be revealed? What tales will be told only to you? Support at this level and find out.
$1,000 - All the Fun: That’s right, every issue of Fun magazine for you to enjoy! From the top secret hermetically-sealed archives of Jerry Vile comes one, and only one, set of Fun magazines. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! This is the REAL DEAL! ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES! Plus, you will you get your copy of Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology. Can you handle this much “fun”?
$20,000 - Original Niagara Art: They don’t call her “The Queen of Detroit” for nothing! From the Destroy All Monsters collective with respected artists Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Carey Loren, to her time as the lead singer of the punk rock version of DAM featuring Ron Asheton of the Stooges and Michael Davis of the MC5, to bringing it all together in a singular and influential career as an artist, writer, and personality, simply put, Niagara can never be described as anything but herself – a strong, glamorous Detroit original. At this generous level you will not only receive a copy of the book, but Niagara’s “Hot Box #1” (1994). This original painting is sure to be a great conversation piece and a valuable part of your art collection.
2015 year is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Orbit magazine. Now is the time to tell the tale of this original alt-magazine that could only have come from Detroit. With your donation, you help us to bring this book to life, shedding light on three magazines created by Detroit punks that impacted the world: Orbit, Fun, and White Noise.
Orbit (1990-1999) was a magazine that helped to show us how cool the place really was years before the New York Times, French filmmakers, or others were telling anyone about us. You’ll see the evolution of great performers in music and art starting out here before they became internationally known: Jack White and the White Stripes, Kid Rock, ICP, Electric Six (then, the Wildbunch), His Name is Alive, the Gories, Techno innovators like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and more.
Fun (1986-1990) beats the Onion by two years to newsstands to become the first free humor paper in America. That truly makes Fun a Detroit innovation rivaling the automobile. With its irreverent tone and attitude, Fun was the place for punks to push the envelope. You’ll meet people who were there from artist Glenn Barr to Chris Gore (of Film Threat magazine fame) and more.
White Noise (1978-1980) was Detroit’s answer to New York’s Punk or L.A.’s Slash. A true punk rag, in every beautiful DIY sense of the word, White Noise captured the spirit of the times like no one else could in and around the Bookie’s Club 870 scene. From covering great local bands like the Boners, Cinecyde, Destroy All Monsters, the Ramrods, the Romantics and more, White Noise also focused on national acts including the Ramones, Devo, John Cale, and Patti Smith to name a few.
When you give to Wayne State University Press to support this book you can rest assured that your money will go to help honor these important pieces of Detroit history and culture. With over 74 years of publishing under its belt, Wayne State University Press has the ability to create an amazing edition and push this book out beyond Southeast Michigan to show the world that Orbit magazine, and all the connected creative people involved, were truly the innovators we knew they always were.
How You Can Help
Contribute if you can, but even if you can’t right now, please share this campaign through your Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platforms. You can also e-mail it to others you know who are fans or might be interested in this type of Detroit cultural history.
Thank you for all you have done and will do to help make Orby’s 25th birthday the best one EVER!
Rob St. Mary