The fort90zine is a game culture zine that has had 3 well received issues. I'm raising funds to cover the cost of issue #4.
For 10 years I've written about video games and game culture, including the art, music, film, and fashion inspired by games and the people who play them.
A point of frustration I’ve encountered in my trials as a writer has always been the medium that I use to publish: the internet. Information is easy to track down and share, but online content is hardly permanent; it's ultimately just ones and zeroes, here one day and gone the next.
That’s why I created the first fort90zine in 2008. My first zine served to collect selections of my online work, plus brand new content. Putting the work in physical form not only gave the stories a sense of permanence, but also put the writing into the context of a portable, visually striking art book.
The beauty of having the fort90zines in printed form is that they become shared in an entirely new way than my online content. Sending someone who doesn’t consider themselves to be a “gamer” a link to an article is one thing, but handing them a handmade book with original content and illustrations makes reading about video games all the more relatable and interesting.
The response to the first three fort90zines has been so warm and accepting, and I’m so grateful they’ve found an audience. I am especially proud of the upcoming fourth issue, which I firmly believe will be the best one yet. One can look forward to...
- A look at Mat Dickie, whose greatest creation, The You Testament, brilliantly combines Grand Theft Auto and The Holy Bible
- Another installment of video game fashion do's and don'ts
- A rundown of Video Wars, without a doubt the most obscure video game movie in existence
- Comics by Travis Nichols & Toby Jones
- My memories from working at an arcade in which the regulars included mental patients, drug dealers, grunge scenesters, and one very angry nun.
- A centerfold featuring a hottie from one of Grasshopper Manufacture's games, which has yet to be determined
- Forward by Ryan Sands
- Cover by Farel Dalrymple and Cory Schmitz
This is my most ambitious zine to date, with some very talented people involved. That’s why I’ve created this kickstarter to ensure the fort90zine #4 makes its debut at the upcoming Toronto Comics Festival (TCAF) in early May.
All funds received will go towards production costs, with the remaining amount to be divided among the contributors.
This is a great chance to nab one of the first print runs of what I, again, believe FORT90ZINE4ANSWER be the greatest edition yet! There's also the chance to pick up some back issues, including the recently retried #1 with a special commemorative cover and a limited edition print based upon the cover to the third zine (otherwise known as THREE) by Mariel Cartwright.
Your support would mean so much to me, and to this project. Thank you for reading, and for your generosity!
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Everyone who donates will get a thank you in the acknowledgments section of the upcoming zine.
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A copy of the latest edition, FORT90ZINE4ANSWER, with a thank you in the acknowledgments section.
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A copy of the latest edition, FORT90ZINE4ANSWER, with a thank you in the acknowledgments section, along with copies of the second edition, Summer Carnival 2009, and the third, simply titled THREE.
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The latest edition, FORT90ZINE4ANSWER, with a thank you in the acknowledgments section, along with copies of Summer Carnival 2009 and THREE, plus a limited print run copy of the very first FORT90ZINE (which has recently been retired), with a commemorative cover, along with a button.
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Everything mentioned thus far... a copy of FORT90ZINE4ANSWER, along with Summer Carnival 2009, THREE, plus a commemorative edition of the first zine, and a button... as well as a limited edition, suitable for framing print based upon the cover of the third zine by Mariel Cartwright.
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