Monthly literary arts publication for San Diego ‘The Mission’ debuts at Comic-Con

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A new outlet for artists is coming to San Diego.

Local writers and poets announced on Saturday the upcoming launch of ‘The Mission’, a monthly publication that will feature comics, cartoons, poetry, short fiction, photography and visual arts, with content from local and national artists.

Igor Goldkind, author and San Diego resident who is one of the founders of Comic-Con, said “The Mission” is about helping artists who may not have much publicity or funding to market their works.

“What we want to do with the Mission is give people a platform,” Goldkind said.

Contributors will be paid, although Goldkind said it wouldn’t be much because “The Mission” will operate as a nonprofit. The first issue should be out at the end of August. It will be 96 pages long and will sell for less than $8 at comic book stores nationwide.

Curran Jeffery, a poet from San Diego, said it was a good place to launch the periodical.

“San Diego, both in the city and in the county, has a great community of poets,” he said.

One of the greatest local contributors to poetry was the popular Dr. Seuss books.

“He taught us poetry without us knowing it through his rhymes,” Jeffery said.

Goldkind said “The Mission” will help remind people of their humanity, especially in these troubled times.

The ad for “The Mission” featured poetry readings by several authors, including San Diego’s Miles Krogfus.

“Poetry is magic,” Krogfus said.

Luis Monteagudo Jr. is a freelance writer and pop culture enthusiast. He has written for The San Diego Union-Tribune, USA Today and many other publications.

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