I’ve gone round and round about how this issue should look, since it’s the “rebirth” issue, and since I have the privilege of starting from scratch –or the nightmare – it could be viewed either way. I had to look at what it was I really wanted, and how I wanted to express myself. I love what Mike created, it came from a place where we both had roots; MRR, Creem Magazine, 60s & 70s pop culture, and vintage car mags. Trying to find my own voice and vision for this mag has been a challenge, and I accept there are certain limitations at this point, simply because I have no clue what I’m doing and also because of limited resources.
This issue is pretty much similar to what was done previously with the style: color heavy stock cover, black and white insides on medium book stock, simply because it is the cheapest, quickest and easiest way to set up this new issue.
I've dropped the page count down to 84 pgs. but because the cost of printing has gone up so much, the cover price is now $6.99. The stories are as interesting and unique as they've been in the past, with a feature article on The Lords of Altamont, complete with some killer photos, a behind the scenes look at The Lady Luck Tattoo Convention, a detailed history of the wacky 70s car craze The Zingers, which includes some never before seen photos, a fun and informative, and possible the last known interview with Famous Monsters editor Forrest J. Ackerman, Smash up Derby Fun at the Yolo County Demolition Derby, and a word from George Barris himself, talking about his life as the King of Kustomizers. There are also record, book and movie reviews and a short word from yours' truly, the new editor.
This will be a limited print edition of 2500 copies and for the very first time, this new issue will be available as a digital download and print on demand!
I feel incredibly proud of this project, and excited to share it with you all. Stay tuned to this space for order information! I expect to have the new issue in hand by Dec. 24, 2015!
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