Mineshaft (magazine)

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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 magazine issue 15.jpg
Mineshaft #15 front cover, drawn and lettered by Robert Crumb
Categoriescomix, poetry, literature, photography
FrequencyThree times a year
First issueJanuary 1999
CountryUnited States
Based inDurham, North Carolina
LanguageAmerican English
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 fourteen front covers, sixteen back covers and a total to date of more than 240 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The magazine currently publishes new or previously unpublished material from some of the major artists of the underground comix movement, as well as other items which include fiction, poetry, photography and short essays.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. In the fall of 2017, Mineshaft published The Mineshaft Reader with front cover art and design by Robert Crumb containing new and old work from regular contributors including Robert Crumb, Billy Childish, Mary Fleener, and Jay Lynch.

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The Mineshaft Reader with front cover art and design by Robert Crumb. Printed in London, England (2017) in an edition of 300 copies.

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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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dennis, Jon. "Crumbland: A brief guide." The Guardian Newsblog, March 8, 2005.
  2. ^ Palmieri, Gioia. "How it all began... Mineshaft". Mineshaft. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
  3. ^ "The Mineshaft Index to Back Issues". Mineshaft. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  4. ^ Valentine, John. "One Crumb-y Cover." IndyWeek.com., December 8, 2004.
  5. ^ "Congratulations to All of the Nominees" Harveyawards.org., Summer, 2008.

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