DEAR FRIENDS, IT’S A THRILL TO TAKE OUR NEXT BIG LEAP WITH YOU. LAIKA Magazine has been a community-centered endeavor from the very beginning. Every story idea, every photo shoot, each issue of our magazine has been about bringing people together in an effort to merge creativity with compassion. As an independent magazine, crowd-funding was always a part of our vision. After releasing four issues, and watching our magazine become embraced by people from many different backgrounds, we felt ready for a daring step forward! So on December 11th, we launched our very first Kickstarter campaign to help us go mainstream: kck.st/1zV5xbn

 

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Sneak peek from our 5th issue: a feature on the crew of Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker vessel.

With this campaign, we want to take LAIKA to the next level. We want to keep bringing you the dynamic, thought-provoking content we’ve become known for — and even more of it! We want our magazine to be available in more places, to more people. One of our goals is to diversify our media. We are dreaming up a beautiful smartphone-compatible version of LAIKA, as well as a cutting-edge app that will be a mobile lifestyle companion for the modern vegan and the veg-curious. In short, we want LAIKA to become the first truly mainstream vegan publication! And with your help, we know it’s all possible. The campaign runs for 30 days and concludes on January 10th, 2015.

 

"Girl Wonder" featuring vegan baker Clara Polito of Clara Cakes. Issue 2.

“Girl Wonder” featuring vegan baker Clara Polito of Clara Cakes. Issue 2.

"The Compatriots" feature about caregivers at sanctuaries and the animals they share a bond with. Issue 3.

“The Compatriots” feature about caregivers at sanctuaries and the animals they share a bond with. Issue 3.

Our campaign has been selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick, has been covered by outlets like Ecorazzi and The Discerning Brute, and your incredible support has made its momentum possible. We have some amazing rewards as part of our Kickstarter, including an exclusive t-shirt collaboration with Herbivore Clothing, photo prints of animal images from our magazine, unique experiences like attending workshops and photo shoots, and so much more! We are so excited about everything that’s coming up for LAIKA, and can’t wait to showcase to the world how exciting, rewarding, and beautiful a vegan lifestyle really is. Your support will help us reach our goals.

Thank you so much for joining us in our compassionate mission. It is a privilege to have you along on this journey.

More details and ways to help here: LAIKA’S Kickstarter Campaign

 

Emily-Deschanel

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF OUR FOURTH ISSUE! This, “The Future Issue” is dedicated to the people, innovations, and activism that is propelling our society into a better tomorrow — today. Gracing the cover is the stunning Emily Deschanel — the talented and versatile star of the hit show Bones, a passionate animal advocate, and a vegan of over two decades. The captivating and humble actress opens up to LAIKA in an exclusive and inspiring profile, giving us an inside look into her life, taking us behind the scenes of Bones, shedding light on her craft, and sharing how she channels her creativity into making a positive impact on everyone around her.

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We bring together personal insights from some of veganism’s brightest minds in a first-of-its kind feature, “The Futurists,” which includes the likes of Sam Simon, Russell Simmons and Jill Robinson. With equal attention and dignity we give to our human subjects, we tell the stories of animals – tackling difficult topics head on. Like the 12 page photo essay “The Will To Live,” which through resonating photography and personal accounts from devoted activists, explores the depth of animal sentience – and advances us to a better understanding. We spend time at home with the iconic Esther The Wonder Pig, who has become an ambassador for her kind, in “Moment.” We celebrate the bounty of our planet with delicious, colorful dishes in “Mexican Feast,” and beautiful fruits and vegetables in “Taste Notes.”

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We profile bold vegan female entrepreneurs in “She’s The Boss,” and turn the mic on rising star and MTV Canada host Lauren Toyota who is raising her voice for animals in the media. We get to know leading chef Bryant Terry closer, and find out what makes his brand of vegan cuisine at once a throwback to simpler times and an exciting glimpse into the future. As usual, we have vibrant travel stories, like an in-depth food tour of Paris, with a spotlight on local cutting-edge activism.

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We bring you brilliant essays, like the provocative “Animating Journalism” from James McWilliams and Vickery Eckhoff. And of course, we showcase innovative vegan beauty and fashion— all gorgeously photographed by some of today’s top talent.

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Each page asserts the breadth and timeliness of the vegan and animal rights movement, and celebrates the forward-thinkers who are setting the pace. With every story, we reinforce the LAIKA credo: that one can live a fulfilling life without ever harming another. It is a joy and honor to have you, dear reader, along for this ride! We are so excited to share our Fourth Issue with you. Subscribe and get your copy HERE!

Cover and Isn’t She Lovely feature photographed by Andrew Stiles • Cover story written by Stacy Gueraseva She’s The Boss photographed by Balarama Heller Living Loud photographed by Joel Barhamand Will To Live photographed by Mike Hrinewski The Futurists illustrated by Sophie Lucido Johnson Mexican Feast photographed by Edgar Molina

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ISSUE THREE IS HERE!

DEAREST READERS, IT IS WITH ABSOLUTE JOY THAT WE PRESENT our Third Issue: The Irresistible Issue! Built with so much heart — it celebrates the wonderment and enchantment of living life with love and compassion. You get closer, because you can’t take your eyes off the dynamic duo gracing our cover – Jason Wrobel, the magnetic star of the Cooking Channel’s How To Live to 100, and Whitney Lauritsen, the powerhouse force behind Eco-Vegan Gal. Individually, they are breaking new ground. And together, they are a captivating example of the camaraderie and mutual support of the vibrant vegan community. Inside the issue, you’ll delve into stories that will stay with you – of influencers who are shaping the world, exciting product developments, big-picture ideas. You’ll get drawn in with compelling, exclusive content, gorgeous photography, and thought-provoking essays. We criss-cross the country, travel to Canada and France, and come back to you with subject matter you won’t find anywhere else.

We bring you tasty tales of culinary creators from the East Coast to the Midwest – all of them innovating in the world of vegan cuisine, using a variety of exciting techniques and styles.

We take you on unforgettable journeys that you won’t want to end – to places where remarkable animals are free to be themselves among their allies – their incredible human caregivers. Like the ones you’ll find in our feature “The Compatriots,” photographed at three different sanctuaries on the West Coast- Animal Place Sanctuary, and Farm Sanctuary in Orland, CA and Farm Sanctuary in Acton, CA.

We continue to bring you the yummiest can’t-look-away-from discoveries from the world of beauty – all curated with great care. And all, as always, vegan and cruelty-free.

We showcase super-fun, showstopping fashion that you covet not only because it turns heads, but because it allows your to wear your heart on your sleeve.

We cover fascinating individuals from a variety of creative spheres, who are good at what they do, and also do good for others. Like the hypertalented DJ and producer Eli Escobar, whose passion for music and dedication to living compassionately are equally inspiring.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! We hope you’ll develop as big of a crush on our Third Issue as we have right now. This is our biggest issue yet, brimming with hard-to-resist material. And stay tuned for web-only extras and behind-the-scenes goodies. We are so grateful to have your love and support, dearest readers. See you soon!..

 

Cover and Media Dream Team feature photographed by Melissa Schwartz • Taste Makers photographed by Balarama HellerThe Compatriots photographed by Sylvia Elzafon Play With Makeup photographed by Ashley Barhamand Just Chill photographed by Lauren Perlstein In Tune photographed by Joel Barhamand