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Discussion in 'General' started by Nailwraps, Feb 5, 2010.
how soon will they come out?
Sometime in the Fall this year. I would assume October or November.
It’s been a whirlwind of activity since our initial announcement, and we at Fangoria have been simultaneously encouraged and humbled by the amazing show of support. The message has been clear: Fango is missed, and Fango is needed. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we’re excited to bring you this update:
On May 1st at 3PM Eastern, Fangoria Magazine is open for business!
That’s the day you can head to Fangoria.com and subscribe. We’re exploring in-store options and single-issue sales, but for right now a one-year subscription is the only way to get the new magazine.
As the big day approaches, we wanted to share some important and exciting news with you, the Fango Faithful:
Our goal is to present you with a Fangoria that has grown up with the reader, and with the genre. Fango is 40 years old next year; like it or not it’s an institution, and we’re going to treat it like one.
As you might have heard, the new Fangoria will be quarterly. That means the reviews and news of the past are kind of out the window, but don’t fret: we’ve got some ideas to showcase upcoming releases that will retain the OG spirit.
Leaving the news cycle to the internet frees up room for a richer reader experience: deep-dive retrospectives and longform analysis; juicy, exclusive set visits; gloriously gory FX-centric features. Most importantly, classic Fango had unprecedented access to horror filmmakers, and we’re excited to bring back those first-person points of view from the people who are shaping the genre today.
Planned contributors to the first issue include Tim Lucas, Grady Hendrix, Matt Zoller Seitz, Russ Fischer, Ashlee Blackwell, Simon Abrams,
S. Craig Zahler, Meredith Borders, Anya Stanley, Sam Zimmerman, Barbara Crampton, Jacob Knight, and lots - LOTS - more.
Cover to cover, the new Fangoria will be 100 pages. That’s 400 pages of Fango in your mailbox every year. It’ll be perfect-bound (Google it) and printed on collectible-grade quality stock.
Fangoria will also be presented with limited advertising. Say goodbye to shitting up every other page with ads. From across the room, it’ll look like classic Fango, but in your hands this is gonna be a whole new experience.
Speaking of “in your hands,” this is not a drill: Fangoria Magazine will NOT have a digital version. It will not be available online. You’re gonna have to turn off the internet for a couple hours and READ A MAGAZINE, folks. We promise it’ll be worth it. The first issue of Fangoria lands in October - which gives you a hint as to what we’ll be covering in that issue…
A one-year subscription to Fangoria is $60 plus shipping & handling. That’s about 25% off the cover price of $19.79 (WINK) and gets you a PACKED new Fango in October, January, April and July (which, by the way, is our 40th anniversary issue - it’s gonna be epic).
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MAY 1ST.
We can’t wait for you guys to experience the new Fangoria, and we just know you’re going to love it.
I want this to work but $20 an issue is steep and I'd be leery of jumping into another subscription given the history of the magazine and without sampling the new format. I just wonder if they'll be able to lure in new readers with this setup.
It's $15 an issue, but still, I agree. Love that it's coming back, but the price is maybe a little too steep for me. I'll probably stick with my HorrorHound subscription, sad to say.
I know what you mean. But they are basically books at a 100 pages each. Sounds like they will be pretty good quality too. What's inside is another story.
I would definitely check out the first issue, but if I have to buy a subscription I will probably pass. Hopefully they will work out a single issue and an in-store option rather than subscription only.
Email from today:
Hey there, beloved Fangorians!
Today is the day! The world’s most prominent horror magazine is BACK as a deluxe quarterly edition, and subscriptions are now available exclusively via our website at Fangoria.com. We are exploring in-store options and single-issue sales, but for now, we're asking you to support our first subscription drive:
A one-year subscription to Fangoria is $60 plus shipping & handling. That’s about 25% off the cover price of $19.79 (see what we did there?) and gets you a PACKED new Fango in October, January, April and July (which, by the way, is our 40th anniversary issue - it’s gonna be epic).
As mentioned on social media, we are pleased to offer a complimentary one-year subscription of Fangoria to anyone who paid for a magazine subscription in the past but failed to receive their order from the old publisher. The new Fangoria squad works on the honor system, no questions asked, so don’t bother digging around to find your old receipt of purchase. We trust you. All you have to do is get in touch. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with STIFFED in the subject line.
Leaving the news cycle to the internet frees up room for a richer reader experience: deep-dive retrospectives and long-form analysis; juicy, exclusive set visits; gloriously gory FX-centric features. Most importantly, classic Fango had unprecedented access to horror filmmakers, and we’re excited to bring back those first-person points of view from the people who are shaping the genre today.
Cover to cover, the new Fangoria will be 100 pages. That’s 400 pages of Fango in your mailbox every year. It’ll be perfect-bound (no more staples), printed on collectible-grade quality stock, and presented with limited advertising.
This part is important: Fangoria Magazine will NOT have a digital version. It will not be available online. You’re gonna have to turn off the internet for a couple hours and READ A MAGAZINE, folks.
And yes, we do ship internationally!
We’ll be announcing more details about this issue - including the cover - in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments, hit us up on social or via email.
We want to express our deepest, humblest thanks for the overwhelming amount of support you've shown us. It means the world to us, and we're determined to live up to it.
Phil Nobile Jr, Editor-in-Chief
Dallas Sonnier, Publisher
Jessica Safavimehr, Associate Publisher
Ashley Detmering, Art Director
Natasha Pascetta, Social Media Wizard
Preston Fassel, Story Editor
AND our many lovely editors and contributors working to make the new Fangoria something special!
I'd subscribe if they promise to get rid of the messy, garish covers. $60 suggests a high-end production.
No thank you to this:
Loved the magazine back in the 80:s, and things were still pretty good in the early 90:s, but then it went downhill fast. I stopped buying the magazine monthly in 1994, and then gave up on it completely around 1997. Took a look at them in the store during the 2000:s, but found nothing of interest anymore. For me to start buying the magazine again, they better deliver the same quality from 30 years ago, but I doubt that will happen.
But maybe, just MAYBE, they’ll surprise me, and deliver quality entertainment again.
I received an email stating that the first issue mailed out today.
Got the first issue today. Haven't read it yet but it's 114 pages and it's printed on heavy stock, with a hard spine. Film strip on the side cover. It's heavy like a book. Came with a poster to, celebrating the magazine since 1979.
For those who have the new issue: is it worth it?
$15 per issue is pretty steep, but I'm thinking about it. The cut-off for the first issue is Oct 31st, if you subscribe on Nov 1st or after your subscription begins with issue 2.
Definitely. Very impressive issue.
There's definitely enough content to warrant the price. I haven't even gotten through a third of the magazine. On the other hand it feels a bit different from classic Fangoria. A lot of the features I loved the most haven't carried over (the Video Chopping List, Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops) and while it's not completely ad-free as they promoted I miss the classified ad vault at the back, which is still listed but just featured tweets or IMs or something. It's kind of a "classier" Fangoria but I missed the slightly trashy, guilty pleasure quality of the old version.
All that said, it's nice to see it again and I'd certainly recommend checking it out. If you are a fan of the Halloween movies there's a lot of good articles in the premiere issue.
$100 incl shipping to Sweden is just too much. Wish there was an option to just buy the first issue, to check if it’s good enough to continue to buy the magazine.
I think it is imho. Now I fully admit I've been a Fangoria subscriber for ages, so it's kinda nostalgia for me. As far as the content inside (which is the most important), like Chanetx said, some of the usual features were not in the first issue. Maybe they will bring them back, have no idea? On the magazine itself , it's heavy stock and feels like a book. So if that's important to you, it's not cheap on quality. As far as that cutoff line on the first issue. The first issue has a large section devoted to the new Halloween film and other entries. So again, if that's important to you.
Side note. And this is my small only gripe so far. The magazine is so good in quality, that you can't open it completely flat like a standard magazine. For me I'm afraid I'll ruin the spine(I've still have every issue from each year I've subscribed in good shape), so I just carefully open the mag far enough to read everything. But it's a little annoying. Yet again, don't know if that would bother you or not. If you care about putting a crease in the spine, saving the issues, etc.. sorta thing.
As soon as I saw that Joe Bob Briggs was on the cover of issue #2, I knew I would pick it up. Also being the completest I am, I decided to track down issue #1 in case I dug the Joe Bob issue and wanted to continue collecting Volume 2 of Fangoria. That is when I learned that the new setup of Fango is very subscriber focused. It's hard to find stores carrying individual issues, online or in store, and once an issue has been out for a little while (such as the two plus months I waited following issue 1's release) the price skyrockets. If you were holding out till now to see what the reaction to the new mag was like (or wanted to read an issue for yourself before committing to a subscription) good luck finding issue 1 online for anything less than $60. I'm lucky enough to have Scarecrow Video here in Seattle and they still had a few copies of issue 1 for sale in store for $25 and I snagged one. I then promptly pre-ordered issue #2 online from ToyWiz.com and with shipping it also came out to $25 (was hoping it'd be less). So I'm now going to make sure I subscribe before March 10th as that is the cut off date for having your subscription start with #3. Even at $15 an issue, it's so much cheaper than buying one individually (you'd save $40 over the course of the year) that I'd recommend those with a mild interest but were waiting for the catalog to bulk up or something to go ahead and subscribe now as who knows when or if individual back issues will be available at a decent price via Fango themselves. I could see this being like the Horrorhound situation where when they first started their runs were low and they weren't in many stores and so issue 3 sold out and was never reprinted. There's a lot of great content in Fangoria volume 2 issue 1 and I'm eager for #2 to arrive in my mailbox as that seems to be even better (one article I've seen shared around online is about John Carpenter's aborted version of Firestarter in the early '80s), so I am making sure I don't miss out on anything while the magazine finds its distribution legs again.