Way back in 2005, I created a magazine in MS Publisher called Retro Fusion. It was only 28 pages in length and the aim was to take it to the next level from fanzine. The objective was sort of met, but without bleed and all those things that professional printers need to make a magazine look like a magazine, it was as good as it was.
Live Publishing, with Martyn Carroll at the helm, launched Retro Gamer onto the retro scene a couple of years before, which was extremely well received. The company then went bust and the thought was to fill the void left in the retro market for a magazine with Retro Fusion – two further 68 page issues of the magazine appeared, and as well as being sold via the forums of the day and the magazine website, it also went on sale at Gamestation. Over 2,000 copies of each issue was sold, which was pretty good at the time.
A further two issues of the magazine were then produced and printed – Issue 3 was a result of an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for its print. Issue 4 was a cut-down version, in A5 format, to sell to those who attended a retro event I was joint-organising called Revival. Both issues were well received.
In the years since doing the magazine, I have launched Fusion Retro Books, a company that has produced book on Ocean software, US Gold, a series of ZX Spectrum books and a soon to be launched book on the Commodore 64. The plan has always been to return to produce a regular magazine and now I believe is the time. The first step was to create a website – and here it is. The magazine/site will be called Retro Now, and like Retro Fusion before it will cover mostly retro gaming with some retro culture, toys, movies and the such chipped in for good measure.
I have mocked up a magazine cover already that can be seen below – the background image was produced by Wil Porter for a Cybernoid perk for the C64 Kickstarter that completed in 2015. My current thinking is that it would make an ideal first issue cover. The plan for future issues would be for Oli Frey to create them – he has already agreed to do this.
Retro Gaming Roundup have already signed up to sponsor the magazine from across the Atlantic, and many familiar names in the retro scene have stepped forward offering to write for the publication.
The next step is to continue with this site and build up an audience – the plan then is to go to Kickstarter to raise funds for the 1st years subscription that will consist of three magazines of 75 pages to each pledger.
Let me know what you think in the comments – if you would like to help then please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org