Turks & Caicos Magazine

  Xarktopia — working in close cooperation with an island-based publishing company — provides design and editorial services for Turks and Caicos Magazine, a large-format lifestyle publication. TCIM remains one of the top projects in our portfolio. Janet Edens provides design services, including concepts, layout, editing, and image processing. Dan Conover writes articles, helps out with some editing, and occasionally contributes as an illustrator. Editions of the magazine, which began publishing in 2011, have featured NFL player Steve Weatherford, world-renowned kiteboarder...

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CHS Uptown Bikes

Bike repair and design go hand-hand-in-hand … Well, OK, so that’s a stretch. But as the world gets increasingly digital, we find that working on tangible things with real-world heft can be immensely rewarding — and surprisingly instructive. Dan Conover earned his certification from United Bicycle Institute in Portland, Ore., in 2010. After working in a local shop for about a year, he started his own mobile repair service in 2012. Today Dan keeps the neighborhood’s bikes running — and maintains the fleet at Google’s sprawling Berkeley County campus....

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xarktv

  xarkTV is the company’s filmmaking and video component. Primarily the work of Dan Conover – who launched the multimedia program at Charleston’s metro newspaper in 2007 —  the collection includes everything from how-to videos on bike repair to art festival interviews.  It’s best known for the short marketing parable Brunch of the Living Dead — because zombies are an underserved but growing demographic in most markets. While we don’t have any projects currently in production, we partner with a Charleston-based,  professional production company...

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writedarkly

  WriteDarkly is an ambitious, collaborative project currently in development. Offering a new spin on e-book downloads, the site will feature short stories and other dark fiction from a variety of authors for e-readers and mobile devices. The project seeks to offer authors a better marketplace with opportunities for revenue and book promotion, as well as providing readers with a better way to find what they like to read and to interact with their favorite...

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chsSoccer

  Dan’s big experiment in 2013: CHS SOCCER.NET, a one-stop niche site for local soccer coverage in the South Carolina Lowcountry. We unveiled the site just before the start of the 2013 USL PRO season and covered the professional Charleston Battery intensely from February to September. Along the way, we’ve also covered four local colleges, three local academy teams, some adult men’s league playoff matches, and the comings and goings of several active fan groups in Charleston. But while CHS Soccer is a working site, it also functions as something like Dan’s...

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GuerrillaMuse

  Dating back to 2005, GuerrillaMuse is today an online store through Cafepress, featuring a variety of  original slogans and designs on T-shirts, mugs, and other products. Our best-selling brainchild is Murphy’s Laws of Fantasy Football, with other popular designs ranging from political snark to cute Callie Cat and Ruff...

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