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Glossy outlet for creativity

Entityy Magazine's Costa Mesa founders have high hopes for the launch of their 64-page publication after Kickstarter campaign.

January 09, 2014|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Emily Sunflower, left, and Gabrielle Scout came up with the concept of Entityy Magazine while spending time at Alta Coffee Warehouse & Restaurant in Newport Beach. The magazine will feature art, creativity, fashion and culture.
Emily Sunflower, left, and Gabrielle Scout came up with… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Gabrielle Scout and Emily Thompson were kidding around over coffee.

Flipping through the arts-centric Dossier Journal, the Costa Mesa residents dreamed out loud about spearheading a publication of their own. A picture of Thompson's forehead could be cover art, they chortled.

It was a joke — until it wasn't.

"I suddenly found myself working 12-hour days," said Scout, 22. "So I texted Emily saying, 'Hey, I guess we are really starting a magazine."

What took shape from a 20-minute planning session is now a glossy 64-page creation titled Entityy Magazine, which is chock full of art, poetry, short stories and fashion.

"An entity is an object that exists by itself," said Thompson, 20, the creative editor. "We loved it and so we put two y's on the end to make it different."

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They started by reaching out to artistically inclined people across the country via a Craigslist advertisement. The response was immediate and overwhelming as more than 120 submissions poured in, spanning everything from artwork to a screenplay excerpt.

Scout and Thompson winnowed down the submissions to the best 12 and gave them a home in the first edition of Entityy Magazine, which is slated to debut at the end of January.

Bay Area resident Roberta Dee Hall, a 23-year-old graphic designer, was among those who replied. Enthusiastic about Scout and Thompson's endeavor, she offered her services — creating the layout and giving the publication a "cool" visual presentation — for free.

"I, as a young artist myself, wanted to give my time because I know what being published the first time feels like," Hall said. "Entityy Magazine is trying to give ... a voice to young professionals that wouldn't normally have one."

Thompson, a jazz singer, piano and trumpet player, writer and avowed clothes lover, has assumed responsibility for all photo shoots and fashion spreads. As editor in chief, Scout has interviewed locals she believes demonstrate an artistic view on life. They have included Heather Maio, a Holocaust exhibit curator, Danny Kurtzman, co-owner of Ezekiel Clothing, and Jake Halstead, a professional surfer.

As magazine editors, Thompson and Scout have an artistic view of their own. While Scout said she plans to expand Entityy online, she sings the praises of an old-fashioned print publication.

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