K Composite Magazine was created in 1991 as a Xeroxed fanzine by me, Scott Ritcher.
Interviews with friends
The new magazine was comprised mostly of interviews with my friends in Louisville.
Zine of the Month
My little magazine caught on quickly and was honored as Zine of the Month in Sassy Magazine.
were published whenever they was ready, which ended up being about once a year.
In the press
By 1994, people heard about K Composite in Rolling Stone, Harper’s, The Courier-Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and on several radio
Orders for the magazine were coming in from everywhere and K Composite began enjoying a national following.
In 1998, I ran for mayor of Louisville. That took up a lot of time.
In 1999, I got some of my friends involved in helping me expand the magazine.
We rented a little office in downtown Louisville which became known as the “clubhouse.”
Sometimes we worked until the middle of the night.
Other times we quit at noon and went to Six Flags.
Each issue starts as a list of interviewees. Just like when I started the magazine, the people who
1999 Our first edition from the new office was the first K Composite to be printed in color.
The magazine launched its website in 1999 which has additional stuff not in the paper magazine.
After we have the questions ready, we photograph our subjects and give them the third degree.
Progress is charted as the edition begins to take shape.
Proofs of finished pages were hung on the wall during the days of print, where they were scrutinized and revised.
The final version came back as pallets of wonderful magazines. The whole place smelled like ink. Mmmmmm.
2008 The final print issue was published in 2008. I was moving to Sweden, so it would be impractical
2011 K Composite entered a whole new life as it was launched on the iPad in 2011.
2013 An iPhone edition was launched in 2013, making K Composite available worldwide on all iOS devices.