What a long strange ride this has been. Punk. Everything about RBY is Punk. The energy, the budget, the making use of every damn thing around us and not backing down from motherfuckingnobody (anyone remember when we lent our webhosting area to news organizations that were being sued by the now President of the United States? God that seems ages ago…). The sense of community. Fisting Cancer in the Peehole whilst telling people who pick on someone because they like other dudes or girls or whateverthefuckthey like to fuck off bright loud and angerly. Helping so many charities and artists get their first (and thirty first) shots…
All because I lost a bar bet with David fucking Bowie. How the fuck was he that good at darts when he had only one working fucking eye…I digress. It was a long strange ride, indeed.
Then today happened.
A little birdie (twitter) told me that RBY–OUR RBY–was just nominated for AltPorn’s Award for Best Alt Magazine. Barely Evil. Bazowie. Ricky’s Back Yard. Holy shit fucks. To say this is an honor is a complete understatement. Maybe it’s my weird ego getting mucked but I never ever ever thought I’d see us go toe-to proverbial-toe with BE and Bazowie. I’ve read these magazines. I’ve reviewed one of them and wrote for the other and I thought THAT made me lucky (to review and write for them! I know I am lucky to do that!) but to see RBY next to them, well, Holy shit fucks.
I want to thank everyone in the AltPorn family. Lizzie and Jenni are over the moon, as is our first novelist and many of our contributors. Art is one big family, when you let it. Of all of my jobs there are ones I would do for free (the lotto scenario, right? If you won a million would you still do what you are doing?). The ones I would keep doing is making this punk ‘zine grow into whatever new and exciting adventures it takes us and still review Barely Evil and still (when they have me) write for Bazowie. I fucking love them. I really do. So many cool and talented people have popped into my life because of them and I am forever and most humbly grateful.
Without Lizzie and Jenni, none of this happens. Without people like Ryan, Steve, Shane, Mahmoud, Simon–everyone who is a repeat offender and single sensation–none of this happens. Without cool readers like you and Nichelle Nichols (not fucking kidding! Serious hear me fan girl scream when I saw Nichelle reading RBY!)….none of this happens.Without the great people at AltPorn, SexyFandom, BlueBlood, Masuimi Max, RazorCandi, BurningAngel, GodsGirls…the list goes on and on (all those really cool and KickASS Cam fam at MFC!)…none of this happens.
For the nomination, we at Ricky’s Back Yard thank you so very much. It is truly an honor.
For all of the great work, amazing art, and those special shared moments of pure magic–I love you all.