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.
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.
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.
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...
Same, I'm in.
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.
Hey, maybe for the next issue you should have an awesome Pink M.D. Geist Cover XD
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.
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.
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.
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.
sayonara you fucking disgusting nerd fuckers
Such is the life of anon.
Oh wow, look at this guy
Oh wait, he's from /a/ and /jp/.
This is actually worse than AMVs or Cosplaying as it actually focuses more on the fandom aspect than the anime itself.
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.
Also printed fanzines lol, what is this 1998?
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.
never advertise bullshit on 4chan.
fuck you and have a nice day
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.
That's not an advertisement,
that's an endorsement by 4chan/moot.
Fuck *you* and have a nice day.
I hope it's a troll.
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