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A MANIFEST FOR THE MOON

The Lunar Codex uses digital and analog technology to preserve art, books, music, and more, enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon. It is a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

Curatorial Notes

This section documents art and multimedia magazines that helped celebrate and pushed the boundaries of urban alternative and underground contemporary art.

Elegantly reckless, Gravity City magazine showcased a blend of gritty and futuristic art, was book-ended with interviews of rock icons and sci-fi auteurs, and laced with acerbic essays and short stories.

Birthed just before the pandemic, the magazine evoked the heart of Omni and Heavy Metal, and continues its incidental run as a digital original that captures the irreverent spirit of underground and alternative art. 

* Every artist, writer, and collector with art or articles included in the issues shown below are verified as represented in the Codex

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Works are located as to their respective lunar time capsules as follows: 

IM1 - Intuitive Machines Nova-C Mission 1 to Vallis Schrasöteri (The Nova Collection)

PM1 - Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1 to Lacus Mortis (The Peregrine Collection)

GM1 - Astrobotic Griffin Mission 1 to the Lunar South Pole (The Polaris Collection) 

Manifest

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 1

GravCity Media (2020) - GM1


- First regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor
- Featuring art by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Michael Black ▪ Krystian Biskup ▪ Edison Moody ▪ Dan G. Goiz ▪ Dip o Muh ▪ John Frye ▪ Vladimir Manyukhin ▪ Myoung Hwan Kim ▪ Alfven Ato ▪ Alejandro Burdisio ▪ Omar Zaldivar ▪ JC Park ▪ Juni Frio
- Featuring
Samuel Peralta (The Future Chronicles, The Lunar Codex) ▪ Michael Ezell (Fractured FX) ▪ Paul Mason (The Green Book – Alice in Chains) – Terry R. Hill (NASA)
- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Christopher Valin ▪ Chris Fried ▪ Michael Ezell ▪ Daniel Arthur Smith

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 2 

GravCity Media (2020) - GM1


- Second regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor
- Featuring art by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Col Price ▪ Malcolm Tween ▪ Hasan Hameed Tabrizi ▪ Alexander Gluhachev ▪ Neil Blevins ▪ Ben Olson ▪ Roberto Padula ▪ Eryk Sczcgiel ▪ Leonardo Borazio ▪ Mohammad Hossein ▪ Rene Aigner ▪ Wenjuinn Png ▪ Ryan Brown ▪ Domenico Sellaro.

- Featuring
Andre Bormanis (Star Trek, The Orville) ▪ Adam Mason (Hulu – Blumhouse) ▪ Steve Beaulieu and Rhett Bruno (Aethon Books)
- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Christopher Valin

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 3

GravCity Media (2020) - GM1


- Third regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor
- Featuring art by

Artie Cabrera ▪ Sangyeob Park ▪ Wenjuinn Png ▪ Domenic Sallero ▪ Damir G. Martin ▪ Daniel Daniboy Sanches ▪ Alexey Egorov ▪ David Degrand ▪ Saby Menyhei ▪ Jing Deng ▪ Gerrit Willemse ▪ Niyazi Selimoglu ▪ Pascal Blanche ▪ Alex Rotto Smirnov ▪ Nikita Veprikov ▪ Midge Mantissa ▪ Nikita Lockertsen ▪ Sangyeob Park ▪ Dan G. Goiz ▪ Alexander Gluhachev ▪ Saby Menyhei ▪ Wenjuinn Png ▪ Peter Milivojevic
- Featuring
Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lipooldt (Star Trek Discovery) – Joel Eisenberg – Larry Brody – Christopher Valin

- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Christopher Valin

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 4

GravCity Media (2021) - GM1


- Fourth regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring art by

Artie Cabrera ▪ Daniel Romanovsky ▪ Nikolai Lockertsen ▪ Luciano Fleitas ▪ Yannick M Stahl ▪ Elina Karimova ▪ Svetlana Kostina ▪ Sean Andrew Murray ▪ Alexander Leskinen ▪ Connor Sheehan ▪ Alexey Kocheev ▪ Ignacio Bazan Lascano ▪ Pascal Blanche ▪ Tomas Kral Mana ▪ Alexey Egorov ▪ Guillem H. Pongiluppi ▪ Bartlomiej Gawel ▪ Shahab Alizadeh ▪ Morgan Yon

- Featuring
Matthew Medney (Heavy Metal Magazine) – Joel Eisenberg – Christopher Valin

- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Gareth Foy ▪ Chris Whigham ▪ Claire Davon

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Lunar Edition Issue 1

GravCity Media (2021) - IM1, GM1


- First lunar-only issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring stories by

Paul Kohler ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Gareth Foy ▪ Chris Whigham ▪ Claire Davon

- Archived in the Nova Collection and the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Issue 5

GravCity Media (2022) - GM1


- Fifth regular issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring art by
Artie Cabrera ▪ Col Price ▪ Piter Hillewart ▪ Adam Miller ▪ Maria Panfilova ▪ Serget Vasnev ▪ Antov Tareev ▪ Maria Zolotukhin ▪ Minea Juntura ▪ Richie Mason ▪ Matin De Diego ▪ Azamat Khairov ▪ Vin Hill ▪ Andrew Domachoski ▪ Cara Houghton ▪ Silvia Pasqualetto ▪ Vyacheslav Safronov ▪ Steven Stahlberg ▪ Sarah Sneeboer
Featuring
Joel Eisenberg ▪ Steve Hillard ▪ Dennis Nowlan ▪ Ron Joseph
- With articles and stories by
Artie Cabrera ▪ M.G. Herron ▪ Daniel Arthur Smith

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

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GRAVITY CITY - Lunar Edition Issue 2

GravCity Media (2022) - GM1


- Second lunar-only issue of Gravity City magazine 

- Artie Cabrera, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer and Art Director ▪ Christopher Valin, Senior Editor ▪ Samuel Peralta, Editorial Director
- Featuring stories by
Paul Kohler ▪ Neal Wiser ▪ Claire Davon ▪ John Foyt ▪ Chris Whigham ▪ Will Swardstrom ▪ Margaret R. Blake ▪ Erica Ruhe ▪ John Gregory Hancock ▪ Bob Williams ▪ Shebat Legion ▪ Gareth Foy ▪ Liviu Surugiu (includes Romanian original and English translation)

- Archived in the Polaris Collection of the Lunar Codex

Art & Literary Magazines

A MANIFEST FOR THE MOON

Manifest

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GRAVITY CITY 1

RiffRaff Publishing - GM1


- The Lunar Codex archives issues of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine over 2015-2022, beginning with the Jan/Feb 2015 issue through March/April 2022 - 44 issues in all. See below for covers of issues included.

- Fine Art Connoisseur is a bi-monthly print magazine with selected articles available online, for collectors of fine art.
- B. Eric Rhoads, Publisher ▪ Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief ▪ Brida Connolly, Managing Editor
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Directorial Staff - Kenneth Whitney ▪ Alfonso Jones ▪ Katie Reeves ▪ Yvonne Van Wechel ▪ Sarah Webb ▪ Dave Bernard ▪ Jennifer Taylor ▪ Gina Ward ▪ Brianna Sheridan ▪ Katherine Jennings ▪ Cherie Dawn Haas 

- Contributing writers - Matthias Anderson ▪ Kelly Compton

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GRAVITY CITY 2

RiffRaff Publishing - GM1


- The Lunar Codex archives issues of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine over 2015-2022, beginning with the Jan/Feb 2015 issue through March/April 2022 - 44 issues in all. See below for covers of issues included.

- Fine Art Connoisseur is a bi-monthly print magazine with selected articles available online, for collectors of fine art.
- B. Eric Rhoads, Publisher ▪ Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief ▪ Brida Connolly, Managing Editor
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Directorial Staff - Kenneth Whitney ▪ Alfonso Jones ▪ Katie Reeves ▪ Yvonne Van Wechel ▪ Sarah Webb ▪ Dave Bernard ▪ Jennifer Taylor ▪ Gina Ward ▪ Brianna Sheridan ▪ Katherine Jennings ▪ Cherie Dawn Haas 

- Contributing writers - Matthias Anderson ▪ Kelly Compton

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GRAVITY CITY 3

RiffRaff Publishing - GM1


- The Lunar Codex archives issues of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine over 2015-2022, beginning with the Jan/Feb 2015 issue through March/April 2022 - 44 issues in all. See below for covers of issues included.

- Fine Art Connoisseur is a bi-monthly print magazine with selected articles available online, for collectors of fine art.
- B. Eric Rhoads, Publisher ▪ Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief ▪ Brida Connolly, Managing Editor
-
Directorial Staff - Kenneth Whitney ▪ Alfonso Jones ▪ Katie Reeves ▪ Yvonne Van Wechel ▪ Sarah Webb ▪ Dave Bernard ▪ Jennifer Taylor ▪ Gina Ward ▪ Brianna Sheridan ▪ Katherine Jennings ▪ Cherie Dawn Haas 

- Contributing writers - Matthias Anderson ▪ Kelly Compton