IN WHICH THE GRIND CONTINUED
THE GRIND did not enjoy the most salubrious of beginnings. ISSUES I and II were compiled and edited between two laptops: one that was half covered in spray paint, was missing the 6 and delete keys, and had Photoshop; and another that processed as quickly as continental drift, but had Word.
It was during the construction of ISSUE II that the pressures of juggling creative endeavours with service industry careers began to take its toll. Malone and Johnstone both worked excessive hours in coffee shops earning minimum wage. Times were tough, uncomfortable, and fraught with setbacks and frustration.
After huge delays, ISSUE II was released and proved to be even more popular than the first.
The introduction to ISSUE II, written by Johnstone during a particularly difficult period, unwittingly became THE GRIND's manifesto. Soon THE GRIND's inbox was flooded with people submitting their work, or simply expressing their enjoyment of the journal, citing the introduction as their motivation.