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From Xeroxed fanzine to Top 50 in the iPad Newsstand
K Composite MagazineJan 17, 2013 10:19 EST
Twenty years ago, a young designer named Scott Ritcher used his family's boxy, beige Macintosh computer to publish a homemade zine of interviews with his friends.
Today, K Composite Magazine is an international publication on the iPad and has hit the Top 50 in Apple's US Newsstand, peaking at #6 in the Arts & Photography category.
Ritcher, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, launched the iPad edition of K Composite in 2011.
His magazine still follows the same format of personal interviews. But despite being packed with non-celebrities, his conversations have had surprising allure.
The twentieth issue of K Composite has just been released and features conversations with Swedish entrepreneur Olle Morin, who has launched a dating site for creative people, and Mary Sparr, an eclectic Kentucky publicist with a travel addiction.
"I think the appeal of K Composite falls somewhere between documentary films and reality TV," Ritcher says. "Since I personally know most of the people I'm interviewing, the conversations have a relaxed honesty and openness you don't normally see in interviews."
That familiarity is part of what appealed to professional storyteller Ira Glass, host of This American Life, when he told his listeners, simply, "I love K Composite."
Ritcher explains, "Nobody in K Composite is trying to sell you a book or a movie. We're talking about real people's personal lives."
iPad owners can download K Composite by visiting www.kcomposite.com/ipad or by searching for K Composite in the App Store. The app and issues are free. New issues are delivered to subscribers' iPads every few weeks.
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