2011 is 1991: Colony Drop 'Zine Officially Released: Colony Drop Presents: The Last American Fanzine
by Colony Drop Staff - July 31 2011

Nearly two years in the making, our fanzine is finally finished. This ain’t no joke and we ain’t trollin’, you can now purchase honest-to-God exclusive Colony Drop content in pulped-tree form.


We’re printing it via the print-on-demand website MagCloud, which means that thanks to the power of Japanese technology (perhaps you underestimated it?), your copy is printed after you order it, and they’ll ship it right to your parent’s basement. That means we didn’t have to worry about figuring out how many to print and putting up a bunch of money ahead of time. Sure, it’s not quite as fun, but damned if it isn’t a whole lot easier.

The print quality is quite nice, the pages are glossy and there’s a full color (pink) cover! All of the articles included are exclusive to the ‘zine, these aren’t posts that have already shown up on the site.

Contents Include:
A hate letter to a 20-year old anime-based video game, by Dave (who has at times been known as the Badass Manly Anime Reviewer).
An article about the most hated man in anime, by Matt.
An article containing more information about U.S. anime fanzines than you probably cared to know, by Dave Merrill.
A brief history of anime fandom in the U.K., by Tim Maughan.
A short novella that might result in a lawsuit from AnimEigo, by Mark.
Plus a whole bunch of (original!) art.

All of this can be yours for $10 + shipping, and MagCloud can ship just about anywhere in the world. Purchase your copy right here.

Two more things:
No, the contents of this ‘zine will only be available in print. These articles won’t be showing up on the website.

Yes, we will probably do another issue. Given that we’ve now figured out the process, it should take considerably less than two years for the next issue.



The long-awaited Colony Drop ‘zine is finally here.Bask in glory of fine words printed about anime on paper, like they used to do before you were born!Contents Include:A hate letter to a 20-year old anime video game.An article about the most hated man in anime.An article containing more in…

Find out more on MagCloud


Comment from: Zeonic Freak [Visitor] · http://animeofyesteryear.blogspot.com/

Order is in, and now to wait about a week to get it.

I see “Fanzine” and some Knight Sabers in it, and that is all I need to know to buy this without any rational thought being put into it. It would be irrational if I did not.

07/31/11 @ 19:19

Comment from: Groove-A [Visitor]

Cool. Should be placing my order soon, articles sound like fun, can’t wait.

07/31/11 @ 21:45

Comment from: DMC [Visitor]

Might I ask what the page count on this bad boy is?

07/31/11 @ 22:16

Comment from: wah [Visitor] · http://analoghousou.com

Looks hot!

07/31/11 @ 22:53

Comment from: Ikari [Visitor]

International shipping is kinda pricey. Lazy printers. I guess I’ll order in bulk :|

08/01/11 @ 00:18

Comment from: staff [Member]


42 pages

08/01/11 @ 00:45

Comment from: Jura [Visitor]

I was about to purchase it, but then I read your “about” page where you slam anime blogs and sites.

08/01/11 @ 14:25

Comment from: wachinayn [Visitor]

Will it be too much to ask for a digital version? A PDF in the same MagCloud site or something? I ask because the shipping to my country is too expensive for me, and I’m eager to give you my money, but not to the post office.

08/01/11 @ 14:39

Comment from: smashking [Visitor] · http://otakuwanted.com/

Placed my order. Most anime magazines go away, I hope this one sticks around. Looking forward to checking out what Colony Drop has to offer ^_^

08/01/11 @ 23:00

Comment from: Richard [Visitor]

Ordered. Busy wondering who CD might consider the most hated man in anime and whether the shortlist was in single or double figures.

08/02/11 @ 12:07

Comment from: Steve Harrison [Visitor] · http://tochiro998.livejournal.com/

Hyper groovie!

Maybe if I can knock my thoughts into some semblance of order I’ll submit something about how everything old is new again and anime (in America) is moving back to the place it was before Andy Frain and Manga Ent. did the game changer of lower prices that appealed to mass retailers…

08/02/11 @ 16:48

Comment from: Prague Rock [Visitor]

Wow, I had that program guide…don’t remember the Baycon logo on it though.

08/02/11 @ 20:32

Comment from: allie [Visitor]

>I see “Fanzine” and some Knight Sabers in it, and that is all I need to know to buy this without any rational thought being put into it. It would be irrational if I did not.

Same, I’m in.

08/03/11 @ 11:35

Comment from: Superdeformed [Visitor] · http://www.deephurting.com

Can’t wait to buy it, sit it on my stack of Otaku USA and Skeptical Inquirer magazines and put off reading it.

08/03/11 @ 11:58

Really like the look of this and have just ordered myself a copy. I’m sure I can wait the 2 weeks and a bit it’ll take to reach me in the UK.

Been after something that critiques anime to the same degree that decent games and films journalism manages. I hope this does that job and looking around the site it looks like it will.

08/03/11 @ 12:56

Comment from: VF5SS [Visitor]

Zeta Plus C1 crotch on your magazine’s cover definitely makes it look more sophisticated.

08/03/11 @ 14:30

Comment from: Vince [Visitor] · http://twitter.com/#!/VinceA

Ordered my copy already. Looks like it’ll be a great read.

08/03/11 @ 15:29

Hey, since the cover of the ‘Zine is Pink then I am BUYING IT!!! Will be placing my order soon…..maybe eventually.

Hey, maybe for the next issue you should have an awesome Pink M.D. Geist Cover XD

08/03/11 @ 18:11

Comment from: Helen McCarthy [Visitor] · http://helenmccarthy.wordpress.com

Looking at the art & layout of that Knight Sabers spread took me back to my “Anime UK” days. Who’s the artist? He could be channelling Steve Kyte in his screentone period - and I can pay no higher tribute. Can’t wait to see it.

08/04/11 @ 00:34

Comment from: staff [Member]

Helen, the artist who did that piece was Marc McKenzie, and his art looks absolutely phenomenal.

Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the black, white & pink layout didn’t owe something to the early days of Anime UK.

08/04/11 @ 00:49

Comment from: Marc McKenzie [Visitor] · http://redshoulder.deviantart.com/gallery/

@Helen: Helen, thank you so much for the kind words. As an avid reader of ANIME UK (well, on the occasions when I could get it over here in the US), I was always blown away by Steve’s artwork, both his color work and his black and white work.

08/04/11 @ 12:42

Comment from: Steve Harrison [Visitor] · http://tochiro998.livejournal.com/

I miss Anime UK as well, it was always a clean and well produced magazine. Of course I knew of Steve’s work from earlier, when he did stuff for S.I.G. and his talent and ability has only grown.

We don’t hear much from the British anime world anymore it seems. I’m not sure if Manga U.K. has undergone the hiccups and stutters of the American arm (having been sold off at least 3 times that I can recall), if the ADV England office still exists, blah blah.

And I miss V-Max magazine as well, another mag that was surprisingly clean.

08/05/11 @ 08:30

Comment from: Mushyrulez [Visitor] · http://onewdesign.wordpress.com/

Wait, so are any articles on the site also in the magazine, or are they completely separate?

08/05/11 @ 21:32

Comment from: Zeonic Freak [Visitor] · http://animeofyesteryear.blogspot.com/

Wait I do have an issue of V-Max, and I only bought it since it had the girls from the Sol Bianca OVA on the cover, and Sol Bianca is one of my personal favorite animes. Ill have to do a cover on that magazine on my blog sometime in the future.

08/05/11 @ 22:46

Comment from: staff [Member]

> Mushyrulez

Entirely separate. All of the text in the ‘zine was written explicitly for the ‘zine. Unless you count the first two chapters of The Road Buster, which we put on the site years ago.

08/05/11 @ 22:54

Comment from: Jason Lenox [Visitor] · http://www.bonethefish.com

Just ordered my copy of this ‘Zine- what a great way to bring Colony Drop back to the late 80’s outstanding! Quick Question, Id like to volunteer to do a piece of art for CD Zine #2- everything that Marc McKenzie did is awesome, and I’m fired up to create and produce- if anyone is reading this, hit me up, I’d love to be part of it.

08/06/11 @ 18:18

Comment from: Alec Orrock [Visitor] · http://www.animerepublic.net

Got my copies (ordered 2) yesterday. Love the whole thing. Thought the ‘Votoms Viewers Guide’ ad was a nice touch. I still have that!

Also loved the part in Dave’s article on fanzines where he describes the assembly process. ;-)

If there is to be a second issue I would love to help.


08/13/11 @ 12:43

Comment from: anon [Visitor] · http://4chan.net


08/17/11 @ 00:17

Comment from: 40% [Visitor]

Guys, don’t go spamming the site. It seems like an interesting project.

08/17/11 @ 00:26

Comment from: 無題 [Visitor] · http://4chan.org/a/

moot、do we not give you enough money?

08/17/11 @ 00:50

Comment from: Faggot [Visitor]

Fuck off with your shitty normalfag ‘zine.

08/17/11 @ 01:19

Comment from: rrkk22 [Visitor]


08/17/11 @ 03:41

Comment from: LordMan [Visitor] · http://lord.man.com

Ordering as we speak.

08/17/11 @ 10:12

Comment from: Geso [Visitor]

Fuck off with your viral shit

08/17/11 @ 12:20

Comment from: HUAAAHHHH [Visitor]

HAHAHAHA fucking weeaboos xD da fuck is a fanzine?
sayonara you fucking disgusting nerd fuckers

08/17/11 @ 12:59

Comment from: ANONYMOUS FROM 4CHAN /A/ [Visitor] · http://WWW.4CHAN.ORG/A/


08/17/11 @ 13:20

Comment from: Nanashi [Visitor]

It’s shit, right?

08/17/11 @ 13:32

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

“If I tell these guys to fuck off, I’ll be as cool as the rest of the guys on /a/!”

Such is the life of anon.

08/17/11 @ 14:48

Comment from: ZeonicFreak [Visitor] · http://animeofyesteryear.blogspot.com/

Great, now Colony Drop is targeted by 4can now, just like Ghost from the Capitalist Radio.

08/17/11 @ 18:14

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

It’s not being targeted, it’s just that a few dumbfucks think it’s cool to shit on anything for no reason. Really, most of those at 4chan either don’t care or are genuinely interested in this.

08/18/11 @ 12:07

Comment from: ­ [Visitor]

advertising some pretentious faggots blog on /a/ and /jp?

fucking really moot?

08/18/11 @ 12:26

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

>He thinks moot posted it
Oh wow, look at this guy

Oh wait, he’s from /a/ and /jp/.

08/18/11 @ 13:28

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

who is advertising this shit on 4chan?

08/18/11 @ 22:46

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

This would be a lot more interesting if 80% about this zine wasn’t about the worst aspect of anime, the fandom. Wait, is that what fanzines were about? Cause if they were I am glad they are gone and cannot fathom why would any one bother with this shit.

This is actually worse than AMVs or Cosplaying as it actually focuses more on the fandom aspect than the anime itself.

08/19/11 @ 11:57

Comment from: Groove-A [Visitor]

Got mine today and read through all but the Riding Bean story (Save that for tomorrow). Good job. Hope you plan to release another issue sometime soon.

08/19/11 @ 15:12

Comment from: Carl [Visitor]

Even if you don’t personally want to read about anime fandom back in the days of Beat Street and Krush Groove (it’s chillin’) , that’s only a third of the zine, not 80%. Two of the five articles are on fandom. The other three, which take up most of the issue, are a profile of Carl Macek, a reminiscence of the Bubblegum Crash PC Engine game, and a novella adaptation of the Riding Bean OAV.

The irony of complaining about anime fandom, of course, is that’s anime fandom’s favorite activity, whether in a 1981 zine or a 2011 blog post. People who aren’t into anime generally also don’t care much about anime fans one way or the other. They don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them. It’s the anime fans who are always talking about how stupid anime fans are.

08/19/11 @ 17:21

Comment from: Clovis [Visitor]

This is the sexiest thing I’ve seen in months.

08/19/11 @ 19:11

Comment from: Suffering [Visitor]

Lol a bunch of pretentious old men playing at running the world, but the world left them long ago.

Also printed fanzines lol, what is this 1998?

08/21/11 @ 08:16

Comment from: roothands [Visitor]


08/21/11 @ 13:03

Comment from: Tomas Gonzalez [Visitor]

I would certainly buy this, including paying for the required international shipping & handling fees, if it weren’t for you juvenile bullying effort known as Shit Otaku Say.

No amount of well written commentary, reviews or generally amusing information in that fanzine could make up for the literal pile of shit you guys continue to run up there in a corner.

Yes, some or even most of those people may have bad or terrible opinions, but why do you single them out? What’s more, others simply dare to share a different point of view and have actually spent a decent amount of time explaining their reasoning without insulting or bothering anyone.

Quoting their phrases or statements out of context for the sake of public ridicule is something I’d expect out of a 17 year old fratboy, at best.

08/23/11 @ 10:55

Comment from: Superdeformed [Visitor] · http://www.deephurting.com

In my opinion being quoted on S.O.S. is a badge of honor. I can’t wait to be on it.

08/23/11 @ 18:53

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

this looks like bullshit.
never advertise bullshit on 4chan.
fuck you and have a nice day

08/23/11 @ 22:00

Comment from: Crash Cramer [Visitor]

I’ve just ordered issue #1 of your Colony Drop fanzine and can’t wait to get my hands on it. :-)
But as HP MagClouds’s shipping costs to Germany are pretty expensive (I’ve paid more than $20 for 1 issue including shipping), I kindly request you to think of considering another print-on-demand service for any of your upcoming issues. Some printing service with an additional printing facility outside the United States would be quite nice.

08/24/11 @ 08:22

Comment from: Anonymous Deux [Visitor]

Dear Anonymous,
That’s not an advertisement,
that’s an endorsement by 4chan/moot.
Fuck *you* and have a nice day.

08/25/11 @ 20:18

Comment from: Anon [Visitor]

How can moot be such a pathetic normalfag to advertise this kind of gaia-level stupidity?
I hope it’s a troll.

08/26/11 @ 04:55

Comment from: Anonymous [Visitor]

No PDF, no purchase. I’ve got too much paper already.

08/28/11 @ 16:06

Comment from: Crash Cramer [Visitor]

Fixed: No PDF, no easy-to-generate high quality pirated copies.


09/05/11 @ 06:11

Comment from: John [Visitor]

Instant buy! Keep up the good work!

09/08/11 @ 00:09

Comment from: Prague Rock [Visitor]

10 pages of fanfiction is painful, but I might get it anyway.

09/11/11 @ 19:19

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