In our “Armageddon” issue—it was published in 2004 and featured an epic cover illustration by Steve Marcus—ANIMAL co-founder Matt “DSENSE” Trumino and I, decided to include a “questionnaire / workspace” to see how interactive our readership was and to gather some critical demographic information in our uphill battle to land advertisers. Our funding, derived mostly from black market weed sales and freelance smuggling, was starting to run out and we were looking to go legit!
We never really expected anyone to send anything back, but within a few months of the issue dropping, letters started arriving with the questionnaire filled out and artwork submitted! Success! For some reason though, we just took all those responses and stored them in a flat file and didn’t rediscover them until a few years ago. It was only then, that I realized, the stack of papers included renowned artist The Yok, as well as some other pretty amazing submissions as well. Unfortunately some of them weren’t even signed, so if you recognize the artist, please tag them. Better later than never, right?