Alive On the Inside
The idea for Alive On the Inside was conceived in the summer of 2006, when Lenore von Angel ()was inspired by stories of sideshow freaks that appeared in the pages of Weird New Jersey. The idea to create a resource of information on circus and sideshow history was born, and in the months that followed, the articles were penned, edited and complied. The project also included notable Philadelphia sideshow performer Barry Silver () who became co-editor and greatly contributed to making the idea into reality.
The pre-release of Issue 1 occurred on Dec. 30, 2006, as the first printed copies were distributed to friends and family. The printing was limited to fifty copies, each individually number and a small handful being signed. Currently there are about ten of these original printings that remain and are for sale.
The purpose of Alive On the Inside is to not only preserve the history and tradition of circus and sideshow for future generations, but also to make the public aware of the fact that it still remains in an era where the internet can deliver whatever one desires with the simple click of a mouse. However, all the images and videos on a screen do not compare to a live performance. For many entertainers, these shows are how they make their living. If people are not willing to support them, then they (as well as circus and sideshow as a whole) are in danger of becoming extinct.
Issue 1, Winter 2007
Released January 20, 2007
- Editorials: Home Pride, The Lost 'Nod'
- Features: Carnivolution, Sideshow and Tattoos, Preserving the Past, Local Spotlight, How-To
- Columns: Magic, Circus & Sideshow; Clown Corner, Fire Arts
Currently on sale for a small donation of $5, every penny of which goes towards future issues.
Issue 2 [Spring 2007] is in the works and slated for release come mid-April.
+Tattooed Individuals: seeking heavily inked people to interview for feature article.
+Circus and Sideshow: general PA or NJ history of shows and performers; first-hand experiences; photos; etc.
+Articles: book reviews, movie reviews, questions, interviews, art, photos, items--such as posters, handbills, postcards, pitch cards, etc.
+Literature: poems, prose, songs, short stories, random thoughts that fall out of your head, etc.
+Photos: performers, shows, banner lines, singel-o's, modifications. Note: I do not want photos printed from the internet. I am perfectly capable of scouring it for content. What I am interested in are personal photos, and all photographers will be properly credited.
+Performers: services, performances, etc.
+Tattoo/piercing shops; conventions; zines
+Shops: clothing, records, books, independent.
[For those that wish to place an ad, please be aware that there is a nominal fee for doing so; the donation will go towards future issues of the 'zine.]
Due date: April 10, no exceptions.
Submissions are to be sent via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pass this on to anyone you or a friend may know that would be interested in participating with the 'zine. All contributions will be properly credited, and hey, you are helping keep circus and sideshow alive.