Sunday, October 14, 2007

MAGAZINE UPDATE

I'm sure you all were wondering how I'm coping with my magazine addiction. Here's my one-year report:

I'm no longer able to get Jade Screen through my dealer, I mean comic book store, and a subscription to this UK publication is currently $60 for 4 issues. Damn that weak dollar! For a while I was getting Neo, another UK mag that combined my loves of anime and live-action Asian film, but then they just announced that it's no longer being carried ($118 for 12 issues). There was also Vengeance, which neatly combined my sweetie's and my obsessions by covering both martial-arts films and horror, but it went belly-up.

Psychotronic sadly ceased publication, but maybe it was inevitable. Most of the big-budget movies these days seem to be blown-up versions of previously despised psychotronic genres.

Meanwhile, anime just gets more and more popular, with long-running Canadian mag Protoculture Addicts starting to publish regularly rather than just whenever they feel like it, and the brand-new title Otaku USA, whose editor-in-chief is the great Patrick Macias of Japan Edge, Toykoscope, Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno, Animerica, Pulp, etc., etc. A man who loves anime, kaiju eiga, and Eurotrash cinema is one after my own heart. I never imagined in 1995 when I saw Ghost in the Shell that it'd be possible to bankrupt oneself by buying English-language anime publications.

Another new trend is art toy magazines like Hi Fructose and Super Seven, which I don't subscribe to but pick up now and then.

I did try to drop my subscription to Readymade, because it's cool and all but I don't ever make the stuff, and somehow I renewed it by accident while trying to get my sister a gift subscription. Then there's the free subscription to MacWorld that seems to keep going on and on . . .




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1 comment:

dr_somneblex said...

You are the Magazine Queen to be sure!
I am still waiting for the magazine aimed at the target demographic of women with hot fros and encyclopedic knowledge of vintage kung fu who are dating hairy werewolf loving Sumerphiles. Hey there is a magazine for everyone else, how long do you think we will have to wait?!!