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Brown continues satirical tradition with new magazine

Posted: March 30, 2011 - 6:53pm  |  Updated: March 31, 2011 - 7:56am

He’s done it again — Jeff Brown, the Juneau man responsible for years of April Fools’ Day publications, will release a new edition of REAL ALASKAN Magazine on Friday. The pilot issue was published last year in place of his previous annual satirical publication, The Juneau What newspaper.

The 62-page magazine features stories of state and local interest with the goal of bringing a smile to the face of the reader. And the goal is being met — according to a letter printed in the magazine, one fan writes, “Your last issue made me laugh so hard, I peed in my pants.”

Brown traveled the state collecting content for the publication, which has lots of tips for first-time or veteran travelers of the “Blast Frontier.”

Notable stories include “Homer Spit-Off Energizes Community,” a report on a first-of-its-kind spitting contest, and “Running of the Bears!” an account of Juneau’s road race with grizzlies.

Perhaps equally as amusing as the editorial content are the advertisements appearing throughout the magazine. Dozens of local and state businesses signed on to creatively promote their products and services in the magazine.

Brown will be present to sign copies of his magazine from 1-3 p.m. on Friday at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall. For more information about Brown and his other pursuits, visit www.alaska.net/~jbrown/welcome.html.

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