Hello Fellow Pixel Wanderers.
Welcome to Super Arrow's debut issue.
Let's start at the beginning: the name. Did we know that
"Super Arrow" is the name of a super hero charged with
protecting our planet? Well, we do now. But also: it's a
partial homophonic English-to-English translation of the
word superogatory: more than is needed, more than is
wanted, beyond what is required.
Homophonic translations are an Oulipian tradition, and
if a journal has its own consciousness -- we‚'re still thinking
over this one -- then its dreamlife is full of Raymond Queneau
et al. We are Elwood P. Dowd and Queneau is our Harvey.
But let‚'s not get too personal. Many other writers and artists
before us have taken on this tradition. We, however, are more
interested in its spirit -- to put our creative selves out of the
usual control in the pursuit of newness. And it isn't newness
for newness‚' sake here. Instead, it‚'s to experiment to get
closer to our vision, our discrete and ultimately desired-but-
yet-to-be-determined forms of expression.
The work that you‚'ll find here is the work of artmakers who
have taken this on, whether intuitively or quite intentionally.
In our shooting gallery, there is a combination of Super Arrow
friends and acquaintances as well as a sweet crop of new-
to-us strangers, whose work we found among the many good
submissions we received.
The Assignment for this issue -- This Is Not My Speciality --
asked submitters to contort themselves and their work, to try
the things that scare them most, and to share the results. Just
a fraction of these rollicking and wonderful results can be found
in the Folio. We feel lucky, more than anything else, to have the
chance to bring the work included here into the public forum.
We wanted to build a living, evolving creature here on this patch
of internet, something to facilitate community and build new
connections. Beholding the work in the journa‚'s debut issue
feels to us like hanging out with a roomful of cooler, older
brothers and sisters. They‚'re full of good advice and cautionary
tales and cosmic paradigm shifts.
We hope you enjoy hanging out with them as much as we have.
Super Arrow will grow as the issues progress. The journal will be
published online biannually. We‚'ll start accepting submissions
again this winter, with a new assignment and a few new flash-
Thanks for visiting us here.
Love From St. Louis, Where The Drinks Are Cheap
And The Artists Are Earnest,
Amanda Goldblatt, Ed.