With Atlanta’s gay media landscape seemingly changing week to week, we want to help you, dear reader, stay on top of what the print pubs are offering. So here’s our take.
We don’t hold ourselves up as being the arbiter of all that is good and bad, though, so add your own critiques in the comments section below this post.
And between each batch of new pubs, stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in local gay media with our coverage.
PUB: Fenuxe, May 6, 48 pages
MONEY SHOT: The glossy goes black on the cover with model Jay McGee shirtless and teasing a seven-page fashion spread that highlights the issue’s fitness theme.
CONTENT: Interview with David Buer, a local fitness trainer to the stars; a piece on non-smoking places; 7 Ways to Live Longer, gauging which gym to join; pics from Atlanta Rainbow Trout and National Flag Football League of Atlanta, as well as a piece about the local gay sports scene; a travel piece on Costa Rica; Ask Mary, which is growing on us; and our fav, the local crossword puzzle.
DIVERSITY QUOTIENT: Did we say black guy on the cover? That’s not something that happens often with the gay glossies and we’re glad to see it with Fenuxe’s second issue.
LOVED IT: The clever crossword puzzle, which this week comes with a chance to win a $100 gift card. Favorite clue: Butt-free bar. That’s tough to find in Atlanta for so many reasons.
HATED IT: Between the two-page spread titled “Gay Atlanta Smoke Out?” and the Ask Mary question from a closeted smoker, the mag gets a little preachy about the need to quit smoking. We’re all for it – and for more places that offer smoke-free environs – but a look at some of the psychological reasons that gays turn to their smokes and some suggestions on how to quit would have balanced out the coverage.
Q FACTOR: The magazine continues with its cohesive look and content, and a local model and photo shoot for the cover. They provide the content that’s nice to see in the gay glossy niche.
PUB: David, May 12, 80 pages
MONEY SHOT: Chandler Bearden, otherwise known as Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010, shirtless and wearing shades. This guy’s been getting exposure since he nabbed the title last month, but never stops looking sexy.
CONTENT: Michael Jeffrey on fighting temptation, a few music-related blurbs, a short piece on Bearden, and the staple of bar pics, this week from Blake’s, W Hotel, Chaparral, Las Margaritas, Heretic, Jungle, Burkhart’s,
DIVERSITY QUOTIENT: Bearden brings the leather crowd and the mag should be lauded for its weekly column in Spanish.
LOVED IT: The pics provide lots of cute faces to ogle.
HATED IT: Bitch Session, or Bitches as it was called last week, is gone. There’s an ad in its place asking for submissions, but it’s our fav feature of the mag and we miss it.
Q FACTOR: While we like the ads – they pay the bills and let us know what’s happening on the night side — there’s not much content to go between them. In a couple of places, there are several consecutive pages of ads before you hit content and that’s a little tedious. And we longed for more in the piece about Bearden. In fact, of the content in the mag, much of it seems super short.
PUB: sbi, May 12, 32 pages
MONEY SHOT: Chandler Bearden, otherwise known as Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010, sporting a look that says more alterna-queer than leather king.
CONTENT: A Q&A with Bearden, who is holding fundraisers this month to get his chaps-clad ass to the Mr. International Leather competition in Chicago; pics from Amsterdam, Eagle and Burkhart’s; a look at bisexuality; and a piece on the Shirt Off My Back campaign.
DIVERSITY QUOTIENT: Bearden gets the leather crowd, and the bisexuality piece gets the, well, bi crowd but overall the mag is pretty white this week.
LOVED IT: Publisher Jason Snead gives us a shout out in his letter. We like shameless plugs, but he was actually referencing a recent interview and story about the magazine.
HATED IT: Though the piece on bisexuality includes reaction from seven people, the main image for the story is four white twinks pawing at one another. If it’s a piece on bisexuality, wouldn’t it make sense to include a woman?
Q FACTOR: The mag doesn’t have the polish of Fenuxe – which publishes every other week — but it’s out there every week and that makes it a head-to-head competitor to David. The competition is fun to watch and gives readers options for their gay media diet.
PUB: GA Voice, May 14, 32 pages
MONEY SHOT: The cover is the paper’s best yet. It’s an illustration by Mike Ritter and when he’s on, he’s really on.
CONTENT: They’ve got religion, coverage of the Phelps counter-demonstration, gays who want to be politicians, crime, politics and a big fat travel package that screams, “Staycation hell, get thee gay out of town.”
DIVERSITY QUOTIENT: The cover art delivers diversity for the paper this week. It includes two pretty gay boys, a glam (white) lesbian and her black girlfriend, and a chubby bear with facial hair and his boy on his arm. The paper also hits the gays with money crowd thanks to a summer travel preview, the alterna-queers by previewing MondoHomo and touches on the leather crowd with some listings in Best Bets.
LOVED IT: Even with an issue focused on traveling out of town, the paper still includes mention of LGBT-owned campgrounds and B&Bs in Georgia. So you can get a break from Atlanta, but still find the gay elsewhere in the state.
HATED IT: At every other week, the publishing schedule leaves us wanting for more.
Q FACTOR: The paper added a heavier stock to the cover and some of its inside pages. If you’re not a publication junkie like us, you might not notice. But it elevates the look of the paper.
PUB: Southern Voice, May 14
Q FACTOR: We searched long and hard at various Midtown distribution points on Friday, when the paper is scheduled to hit the streets, Saturday and even Sunday. But nothing. We can’t find a new issue and content on the website still highlights items from the “Oil-Mageddon” issue of May 7.
PUB: Pocket Rocket, May, 64 pages
MONEY SHOT: DJ Karlitos covers the mag this month, shirtless, sporting headphones and grabbing a rocket. Not his rocket, but the Pocket Rocket rocket, which appears in photos throughout the pub.
CONTENT: The pub is branching out from its usual batch of bar pics, this month offering a seven-page swimwear spread with models that include Chandler Bearden, otherwise known as Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010, DJ Karlitos and four others. The pub also offers Rocket Fuel, which includes amusing excerpts from social media status updates.
DIVERSITY QUOTIENT: There’s a Latin guy on the cover and models for the swimsuit spread include three guys of color.
LOVED IT: The mag’s bar pics always offer a diverse take on our nightlife and who can’t enjoy a swimsuit spread?
HATED IT: Once a month? We want more.
Q FACTOR: The pub’s adding content beyond its pics and listings of bar and nightlife events. Is it positioning itself to compete more directly with the larger glossies that publish more frequently than once a month?
PUB: Don’t Label It!, May, 16 pages
MONEY SHOT: A shot from a panel discussion from the Atlanta Film Festival.
CONTENT: An essay on professionalism in the local gay media scene; a Letter to Luda taking Ludacris to task for his screening at the Atlanta Film Festival; a piece on the closing night of the film fest; event and bars pics; a humorous personal take on the traditional horoscopes and our fav, Text Message from Hell.
DIVERSITY QUOTIENT: It’s the only pub in the bunch that’s the sole creation of a lesbian. So there you go.
LOVED IT: Xanna Don’t brings a unique voice to the gay media landscape and while it can be biting, it’s also a welcomed perspective that you can’t get anywhere else.
HATED IT: It’s printed in black and white with a raw edge, which either provides the pub’s charm or its annoyance, depending on your perspective. But it’s printed on 100 percent recycled acid and bleach free paper, so that’s got to count for something.
Q FACTOR: It’s a fun read that always offers something we can’t find elsewhere.