Alternative Incite Magazine


Alternative Incite magazine encourages readers to follow their creative impulses and celebrates those who do. Each issue features interviews, insightful commentary, loads of reviews, wonderful photography, and a “parting shot” that highlights people who’ve made a dent on the world by following their creativity. 

Each issue sells for $4.00 and you can order yours via PayPal by clicking the link below. If you don't want to use PayPal, you can order a copy the old-fashioned way -- through the mail -- by sending $4.00/per issue to Alternative Incite, PO Box 3067, Laurel, MD 20709.


NOTE: When ordering, please be sure to specify which issue you want and include an email where we can get in touch if we need to. (Sometimes there are problems with the post office.)


SUMMER 2022 - Alternative Incite #6 features: my usual opening rants, which I package under the banner of From the Desk of Joe3; another installment of Thoughts Provoked, where I talk about "resisting the smush" and confusing status and purpose; a special episode of Notes from the Field, which includes, "Interview with a Panhandler," an except from my hopefully forthcoming book; another Producers and Consumers interview featuring self-publishing veteran Catherine Groves of Christian*New Age Quarterly; more awesome photos by my talented brother, reader letters, and a run-down of the publications I've received since publishing issue #5, and finally, a Parting Shot about a Chinese man who left it all behind to read books in a cave. Specs: 40-pages, half-sized legal. 



Issues of Alternative Incite never  go out of print and are always available, so if there's a back issue you're interested in, you can order it without fear!

ISSUE #5 – WINTER 2022 (current issue): Alternative Incite #5 features thoughts on being unruly in the interest of creativity; an interview with DIY veteran and humor writer Fred Wright; commentary on time management, jobs that aren’t dead yet, robot umpires, and much more; reader letters; another HUGE reviews column; killer photos (not be me); and a “Parting Shot” about a New Zealand wizard who created his own “existential universe” ! Check it out! Specs: 40 pages, size: 7 x 8.5 (half-size legal)

ISSUE #4 – SUMMER 2021: Alternative Incite #4 features thoughts on the "Memento Mori" craze, an interview with zine veteran Davida Gypsy Breier, all the usual departments and commentary you’ve come to expect, letters from readers, another HUGE reviews column featuring zinedom’s latest and greatest, intriguing photos, and a bonus “Parting Shot” interview with a young man who built a roller coaster in his backyard! Specs: 40 pages, size: 7 x 8.5 (half-size legal)


Issue #3 Spring 2021: Offers  more introductory ranting and raving about following the creative impulse, letters from (actual) readers, Thoughts Provoked by misuse of the word acedia and people who treat walking like it’s a job, more Notes from the Field — including a yarn about walking around town with a large grandfather clock, an interview with graphic designer and font maker Travis Miller, a huge review section, Dear Butter Lamb (letters from fake readers), and a Parting Shot about a man who rowed a Victorian bathtub across the English Channel. Specs: 44 pages, size: 7 x 8.5 (half-size legal)


ISSUE #2 – FALL 2020: This issue features introductory remarks about how following your creative impulses can help you cope with the bullshit, more hot takes on thought-provoking articles you (probably) haven’t read, more adventures in anachronism, interview with stand-up comic Rob Gavin and Barbershop singer Dan Hawrylczak, a HUGE review column, and a “Parting Shot” about what can happen when a man starts a ball of twine. Specs: 40 pages, size: 7 x 8.5 (half-size legal)


ISSUE #1 – SPRING 2020: This issue features an introductory rant about getting off your ass and doing the thing, hot takes on important articles you (probably) haven’t read, an op-ed about “getting off the hamster wheel,” an examination of the “new normal,” adventures in anachronism, an interview with musician Suvo Sur (who produces scores for award-winning films and podcasts), and shout out to the “Doyenne of Dictionaries.” Specs: 40 pages, size: 7 x 8.5 (half-size legal)

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This zine is lovely. It’s 44 pages of the author and contributors encouraging people to be creative. It isn’t simply about producing, it is about enjoying the act of creating and that includes daydreaming/doing nothing/thinking/walking. There is also an element of perzine and learn about the editor’s woodworking and strange experiences attempting to get furniture from Craigslist. We also learn about his art project involving a cheap grandfather clock. Solid [letters] section. Thoughtful response to an article in The Conversation, taking the writer to task for not doing better research. Well-written, well-designed, well-worth your time.” – Davida Gypsy Breier review of Alternative Incite #3 in Xerography Debt #50.

“This is an engaging publication, with eye-pleasing fonts and intriguing photographs. It is insightful enough that I keep thinking of it as Alternative Insight, but I am mistaken! Alternative Incite is well worth the requested $[4]!” – Markell Raphaelson West, review of Alternative Incite #1 in Xerography Debt #49

“… Expertly assembled with high quality printing standards and reproduction of photos. It’s uniqueness comes mainly from the content and subject matter of the articles within; I found the writing and presentation to be excellent.” – Ken Bausert, review of Alternative Incite #1 in Xerography Debt #49

“Hopefully, lots of people will find $[4] to send Joe, get the zine, and then find themselves creatively inspired.” – Fred Argoff, review of Alternative Incite #1 in Xerography Debt #49

“This is the most well-organized and clean-looking zine I’ve read.” – review of Alternative Incite #2 in Razorcake, Issue #121

“…Well written through out … great photography and image production…” – review of Alternative Incite #1 in Node Pajomo (Issue 2.6, March 2021)