Mineshaft (magazine)

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Mineshaft magazine issue 15.jpg
Mineshaft #15 front cover, drawn and lettered by Robert Crumb
Categories comix, poetry, literature, photography
Frequency Three times a year
First issue January 1999
Country United States
Based in Guilford, Vermont
Language American English
Website http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com
ISSN 1532-138X

Mineshaft is an independent international art magazine launched in 1999 by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri in Guilford, Vermont. Initially focusing on poetry and literature, the magazine began to publish comics after Robert Crumb became a contributor in 2000. The newsblog at The Guardian refers to Mineshaft's website as a source to find out more about Crumb's latest work.[1]

Mineshaft Number 30 15th Anniversary Issue, Front cover by R. Crumb.
Mineshaft #30 15th Anniversary Issue front cover by Robert Crumb (Spring 2014)


Mineshaft was the idea of Everett Rand who was inspired by his friendship and correspondence with Irving Stettner, who published the legendary underground magazine, Stroker, which featured contributions from Henry Miller and Paul Bowles. The name for the magazine came from Rand's favorite bar in La Paz, Bolivia where he and co-editor, Gioia Palmieri, lived in the early 1990s.[2]

The first issue featured a drawing by Stettner. After issue #4, Rand wrote to Robert Crumb who responded by sending a packet of sketchbook drawings. After issue #5, Crumb designed logos for the magazine which Mineshaft has been using ever since. Crumb's regular contributions include eleven front covers, fourteen back covers and a total to date of more than 200 pages of artwork, writing, and letters.[3] After living and publishing Mineshaft in Vermont and West Virginia, the editors, Rand and Palmieri, moved their operations to Durham, North Carolina.[4]

The magazine currently publishes new or previously unpublished material from some of the major artists of the underground comix movement, as well as other items which include fiction, poetry, photography and short essays. Since 2009, Mineshaft has been serializing "Excerpts from R. Crumb's Dream Diary" by Robert Crumb.

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In June, 2009, Mineshaft #23 and Jay Lynch were nominated under the category "Best Cover Artist" for a Harvey Award 2009.[5]

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