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#1 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -

I'm not here to sell you anything, this is a non-profit project.

What is this Giant Bomb Tiny Zine?

It's a magazine I made in a little over a week using Adobe InDesign. It contains many of the most recent reviews published on GiantBomb.com. Unfortunately, Brad only has one review in this and it's for Fuse. Sorry duder, it's nothing personal. Finish that Brothers review before PAX East 2014! ;)

Why did you make this dead tree thing?

A month before PAX Prime 2013 I had about 100 or so white Ryan head buttons produced. I handed them out at the convention to anyone that asked for one. People loved Ryan and Ryan loved people (among other things), so premium duders wearing a button with Ryan's disembodied head looking thoughtfully off into the distance seemed perfect on so many levels.

But it wasn't enough.

I thought about what else I could possibly do and what people might want to remember Ryan. There's so many videos and photos of the guy, it's almost ridiculous how much of him is out there on the internet. I wondered how much Ryan was out there on paper, sitting on the back of toilet tanks, waiting to be held in greasy hands and flipped through over and over until the pages ripped and the cover fell off. Probably not a lot. That had to be rectified.

Alpha version of Giant Bomb Tiny Zine #1, not actually available on newsstands.

Who has a copy? Does the GB crew know?

Penny Arcade Expo is a weird thing. Almost all the internet people Giant Bomb fans care about attend the massive convention in Seattle, some because they have to, but most because they want to. It's relatively easy to "accidentally" stumble across nearly the entire bombsquad having dinner in the darkest corner of the wettest restaurant on 6th Avenue and hand them each a copy of a fake magazine filled with their own writing.

Tracking down the rest of Giant Bomb friends wasn't very difficult either. Finding Jeff Green, former Games for Windows editor, and asking him to critique a magazine laid out in under a week was simple: he's standing at the Popcap booth surrounded by a crowd of folks probably half his age. Want to track down John Drake and the Pope? Drop by the Fantasia not-really-a-booth outside the expo hall on the 4th floor and look for the two guys stuffing blue hats into the hands of balding PAX attendees. Need to give Editor-in-Chief Dave Lang a copy of the magazine he thought was a twitter joke? He's on the 6th floor (PAX's Kentia Hall) peddling DiveKick merch with Keits. One exception: finding Will Smith was impossible. Don't even try it. He moves too fast and blends in with the PAX boardgaming crowd far too well.

I don't think he thought about this very much. Now it's too late.

Attending Penny Arcade Expo as an Enforcer (volunteer army of nerds) is also pretty weird. No one thinks twice about you being just about anywhere if you're wearing the blue uniform. Want to give something to Max Temkin? You could wait in the CAH booth's huge line...or you can just walk in through the booth's exit, put something that's not big or black into his hands, and walk back out. Being an Enforcer also helps when Brad Muir needs to stay in the expo hall after hours and only has a normal 4-day badge. Surprise escort mission from Double Fine to the expo hall doors! :D

All the GB buddies I could find at PAX, including Mr. Moderator Marino, got a copy of the Giant Bomb Tiny Zine #1 Beta Version. I only had 20 to give away and I still have one left over, but it's trivial to get more printed by HP MagCloud if anyone really wants them.

This picture was taken with a real-ass Polaroid camera and film for a specific reason. The purpose will become clear in time.

What does it look like inside?

It looks okay-ish? I need to make a few more changes before I can call it truly finished, the typeface was probably a poor choice and the font weight is probably two sizes too large, but it's good enough for a #1! I've learned a lot and the next issue will probably look considerably better.

Here's what page 2 and 3 look like. It's supposed to look like the bomb on the front cover has exploded.

You can tell where a table of contents would have been placed, had there been enough time.

Where can I get a copy?

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/612863

Remember: digital is 100% free. Print costs exactly how much it costs MagCloud to print a copy. I have added no publisher markup. Each page costs $0.20 to print. The perfect-bound spine costs $1.

Although the original PDF is super huge due to all the high resolution images, MagCloud resizes and resamples some of the art for the digital version. The print version still looks amazing!

For the folks who don't have or don't want to make a MagCloud account, here's the PDF on Scribd.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/168410757

Big thanks to Dave Lang for putting up with my bullshit, any artist or writer on the internet I stole art or text from (Steven Plin, etc.), Matthew Rorie for showing up to the panel super early, Max Temkin and the lady that helped place the extra buttons on the front row seats before the panel, the GB Mod Squad, Dan Teasdale for sending over high-resolution files for his free back cover Drake Tracker advertisement, all Ryan's buddies who happily agreed to have their Polaroid picture taken, everyone wearing a Ryan button at PAX Prime and anyone who asked for one after I ran out (I'll have more at East). You are awesome people and it was an amazing four days. I'll be Enforcing at PAX East again and I hope to see you all there.

I'm all outta words now.

#2 Edited by Brenderous (1097 posts) -

I am interested in looking at a PDF of this.

#3 Posted by bigjeffrey (4774 posts) -

Ahhhhh, My Brain.

#4 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -
@brenderous said:

I am interested in looking at a PDF of this.

I'm working on fixing the minor text issues with the beta version and uploading the final version to MagCloud sometime this month for viewing. The raw PDF file is xbox huge.

#5 Posted by Marino (4597 posts) -

@markjw:

Where's the rest of those polaroids?

P.S. You're on the front page of the site now.

Staff
#6 Posted by jiggajoe14 (646 posts) -

This is amazing. And yes I want to see the rest of the polaroids.

Also, does Will Smith even really exist?

#7 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -
@marino said:

@markjw:

Where's the rest of those polaroids?

P.S. You're on the front page of the site now.

Oh shit, thanks! I have the rest of the Polaroids in the fridge. They're going to be reader photos in the next issue!

Here's one more to make the waiting less un-bearable!

Another genu-wine Polo-roid.

#9 Posted by The_Tolman (429 posts) -

Looking forward to checking it out!

#10 Edited by Slab64 (1048 posts) -

hell yeah

#11 Posted by Sweep (8817 posts) -

What kind of sculpting are we talking about here?

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#12 Posted by MB (11968 posts) -

@sweep said:

What kind of sculpting are we talking about here?

You have issues, dude. Deep seated issues.

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#13 Posted by dudeglove (7684 posts) -

@sweep said:

What kind of sculpting are we talking about here?

The kind from Ghost with Patrick Swayze?

#14 Posted by MB (11968 posts) -

@sweep said:

What kind of sculpting are we talking about here?

The kind from Ghost with Patrick Swayze?

I was thinking the SAME THING. You must be over 30, too. Hah

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#15 Posted by Eviternal (191 posts) -

Tremendous.

#16 Edited by TruthTellah (8529 posts) -

@markjw: Wow! Amazing work. A very novel idea indeed. I look forward to seeing a PDF of the final magazine.

And on that note, you asked if anyone here is a sculptor. I happen to have experience with sculpture; though, I was curious what type you specifically had in mind. Are we talking clay, molding, metalwork, ghost? My primary skills are as a classical oil painter, but I am certainly curious regarding what kind of sculpture you might be interested in. :)

#18 Edited by cloudnineboya (763 posts) -

+1. so this is a real thing,saw brads tweet was not sure look forward to the pdf when you are finished. Man i used to buy loads of gaming mags before, now i just use the web.

#19 Posted by CrystaljDesign (148 posts) -

How many pages did it wind up being? Good on you, must have cost a decent amount to get that many printed!

#20 Posted by vikingdeath1 (928 posts) -

Awesome! now I have a new goal at PAX East next year!

GOTTA GET THAT BUTTON!!

I'm incomplete without it

#21 Edited by MormonWarrior (2541 posts) -

This is really cool dude. I'm excited to see the final copy.

#22 Posted by MarkJW (118 posts) -

How many pages did it wind up being? Good on you, must have cost a decent amount to get that many printed!

54 if you count the front and back cover as pages. 52 otherwise. :)

#23 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -
@sweep said:

What kind of sculpting are we talking about here?

@truthtellah said:

@markjw: Wow! Amazing work. A very novel idea indeed. I look forward to seeing a PDF of the final magazine.

And on that note, you asked if anyone here is a sculptor. I happen to have experience with sculpture; though, I was curious what type you specifically had in mind. Are we talking clay, molding, metalwork, ghost? My primary skills are as a classical oil painter, but I am certainly curious regarding what kind of sculpture you might be interested in. :)

Talking about clay or Play-Doh sculpting. Not something huge, not something permanent, just something that will last long enough to get a high resolution image of. Would you guys mind if I contacted you with details?

Sorry for the double post.

#24 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

Thanks so much for the button dude, it really made my day.

#25 Posted by GeneralBison (264 posts) -

Times like this make me wish I lived in the States

#26 Posted by MX (228 posts) -

I once designed a magazine in indesign myself, so I would love to see the final result.

#27 Posted by Stimpack (811 posts) -

This is very cool.

#29 Posted by TruthTellah (8529 posts) -

@markjw: Oh? Well then, you may absolutely contact me. Just shoot a PM and let me know more. I have training in full-sized sculpture, but I can certainly do a small sculpture, as well. Painting is my primary focus, but if you're just talking about a clay sculpt of some kind for a photograph, that is something well within my wheelhouse.

If you are interested in an oil painting, that's always an option, as well. ha. :)

#30 Posted by vinster345 (125 posts) -

Awesome work!!!

#31 Posted by Fattony12000 (7039 posts) -

Dope.

#32 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -

Alright duders, here's the HP MagCloud link!

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/612863

Remember: digital is 100% free. Print costs exactly how much it costs MagCloud to print a copy. I have added no publisher markup. Each page costs $0.20 to print. The perfect-bound spine costs $1.

Although the original PDF is super huge due to all the high resolution images, MagCloud resizes and resamples some of the art for the digital version. The print version still looks amazing!

#33 Edited by RetroVirus (1457 posts) -

Really super cool stuff duder. Great job.

#34 Posted by aurahack (2264 posts) -

That is some special kind of awesome. Cool shit, duder!

#35 Posted by CoinMatze (469 posts) -

That is really cool. It reminds me of the Luchazine, a magazine made by users of Giant Bomb. The last issue was published almost exactly three years ago.

#36 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -

I actually did a little research to see if there was an existing magazine. I found some threads and some issues but it looked like the effort had died out. I'm only going to do this thing twice a year so I think I'll be able to keep it alive. I also don't want to be an editor, if something doesn't fit on one page then I'll just give it two. Or four. ;)

#37 Posted by LarryDavis (864 posts) -

I enjoy this Zine simply due to its proximity to Nick Cave when placed on newsstands. Keep up the good work.

#38 Edited by TechHits (1366 posts) -

awesome duder, throw in some fake ads and we good to go

#40 Posted by MarkJW (118 posts) -
@techhits said:

awesome duder, throw in some fake ads and we good to go

Anyone want to make some?

#42 Posted by ElContusione (12 posts) -

@markjw said:
@techhits said:

awesome duder, throw in some fake ads and we good to go

Anyone want to make some?

I just might. What are the page dimensions?

#43 Posted by ElContusione (12 posts) -

@markjw said:
@techhits said:

awesome duder, throw in some fake ads and we good to go

Anyone want to make some?

I just might. What are the page dimensions?

#44 Posted by cooljammer00 (1538 posts) -

I'd rather not sign up for a MagCloud account to download the zine. Anyone got like, a MediaFire link or something?

#45 Posted by cooljammer00 (1538 posts) -

I'd rather not sign up for a MagCloud account to download the zine. Anyone got like, a MediaFire link or something?

#46 Posted by MarkDarkness (49 posts) -

Read the digital edition, and it looks totally sweet, man. Great project!

#47 Posted by MarkDarkness (49 posts) -

Read the digital edition, and it looks totally sweet, man. Great project!

#49 Edited by MarkJW (118 posts) -
@elcontusione said:
@markjw said:
@techhits said:

awesome duder, throw in some fake ads and we good to go

Anyone want to make some?

I just might. What are the page dimensions?

Here's the MagCloud template page!

http://www.magcloud.com/create/gettingstarted

Try to use high resolution images wherever possible. 2MP/4MP+ images work well as backgrounds, sometimes smaller images can be resized for smaller elements on the page.

Might want to tuck away that double post. ;)

#50 Posted by MarkJW (118 posts) -

I'd rather not sign up for a MagCloud account to download the zine. Anyone got like, a MediaFire link or something?

Here it is on Scribd!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/168410757

You also got a double post. Weird, I guess Amazon's servers are acting wacky again. :X