A few months back, I was contacted by the UK edition of Forum www.ukforum.co.uk (and yes, that's Forum as in Penthouse). The author said they were doing an article on body inflation and wanted to interview me as part of it. I expected it would be a 250-word piece in the "here's a whole bunch of little articles" up-front section that most mags have. Maybe 300 words, tops. A cartoon, pinup, or illustration, with any luck, to drive the point home. They asked me for suggestions of artists and Critical Volume criticalvolume.deviantart.com volunteered his services. I made the introductions, sent in my email interview, and figured I'd hear from Forum when it was published.
What we got, when they sent me a copy of Forum UK Volume 42, Issue 12, was an eight-page feature and a line on the cover. airytales.net/misc/ForumUK_vol… OMG.
Most of the article is straight from the mouths of CV and me, sharing our experiences as members of the community, how we got into it, stuff like that. It's a very non-judgmental piece; it's more "look at this unusual interest" and not the "look at these sicko freaks" approach we sometimes get. Best part? Critical Volume has now officially had his artwork printed in a major publication! Mega congrats to him!
In a surprise move, the folks at Forum gave me permission to post the story online (they have a website but it's a bit out of date). This is really unusual; most magazines fight this, but I guess Forum realizes that they might be able to spread a little goodwill. (If you are in the UK, please go buy this thing! I would but couldn't find it in the States). I got a little help putting the pages together into one PDF, and just posted the downloadable story over at my blog. Take a look!