Fray is a quarterly series of independently produced books that are filled with true personal stories, articles and original art. Each one revolves around a central storytelling theme, and is about proving that extraordinary things happen to ordinary people.
Itâ€™s about finding that common thread that connects us all together. And itâ€™s an invitation and a dare to get involved: What’s your story?
For a little history, Fray began as a website, where they presented individually designed, true first-person stories. It then evolved into a series of live storytelling events, Fray Days and Fray Cafes that took place all over the world and were attended by thousands of people. Now, the book phase that theyâ€™re currently in is their third evolution, and hopefully their best to date.
Their first issue was called â€˜Bustedâ€™, and it was all about â€œtrue stories of getting caught in the actâ€. Their current issue, called Geek, is about â€œtrue stories of taking things too seriouslyâ€ and features 60 pages of true stories, interviews and original art in full color, as well as a special pull-out centerfold.
In addition, theyâ€™re currently having a sale, and for just $35 plus shipping, youâ€™ll get the first two issues, a limited edition Geek pocket protector, and two more issues in 2009.
If youâ€™d like to participate in Fray, their next issue is called Sex & Death, and theyâ€™re taking submissions until January 31, 200, so youâ€™ve got a limited amount of time to get something in.
Either way though, itâ€™s definitely a unique format that bucks the trend of high quantity, ad supported printing, and with a bunch of very passionate people supporting it, itâ€™s definitely worth checking out to see what you think.