25 Years of Madness & Still Swirl’n

by January 1, 2024 0 comments

t’was 25 years ago today that Mad Swirl began to whirl our way! Yep, a full score & a half ago, our creative outlet, Mad Swirl, was born! I still can’t believe we’ve been swirlin’ together since way back in 1999. Who woulda thunk that an idea to start a small local zine would have evolved into the worldwide presence that it is today? Not me! But here we are… Our very first issue, a self-titled zine was published in 1999 and consisted of 32 glorious Xeroxed pages filled with poetry, prose, art and a whole lotta miscellaneous madnesses. Thru the years we published six issues of our Mad Swirl zine along with a handful of poetry chapbooks for a few local loco DFW poets. Sadly, those projects are now out of circulation…

HOWEVER, on this quarter century anniversary, we’ve digitized these back issues for your trip down memory lane. Check out these OG back issues: 1999-2008

(click on cover to view PDF)…

HUGE GRATS to all the Mad Staffers, MH Clay (Poetry Ed), Tyler Malone (Short Story Ed) & Madelyn Olson (Visual Ed)… for all you’ve done to raise and love on our creative love-child! (separate but equal shout-outs to former Mad Staffers/Co-Founders Cheyenne Gallion & Lisa Carmen too for helping plant those mad seeds all those moons ago)

Today, in 2024, we are still goin’ & growin’ & flowin’ to bounds unknowin’ & we’ll keep shufflin’ after because the ones for us have been, & always will be, the Mad Ones!

Here’s & cheers to another 25!

Mad Love,

Johnny Olson (Chief Ed & Founder)

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