What is 'Colour Personal Computing?'
Colour Personal Computing is a fanzine dedicated to the apple of Alan Sugar's eye, the Amstrad CPC 8-bit microcomputer.
A lifelong dream of mine to publish my own Amstrad fanzine was finally fulfilled in January when Issue 1 of Colour Personal Computing was shipped to CPC-fans the world over. You can see the original Kickstarter campaign here or download a free 8-page sample of Issue 1 here. But I'm not stopping there....
My intention is for Colour Personal Computing to be an on-going quarterly publication, chronicling the on-going battle of the CPC to remain relevant in the 21st century. And remaining relevant it is, with dozens of great new game releases, hardware expansions and applications being developed every year. Yes, there's some great web resources dedicated to our favourite machine, but nothing beats holding an actual paper production in your hands.
What can I expect from Issue 2?
One major change is that from Issue 2, the fanzine will a full-colour A5 production. We've also got some great contributors lined-up, so the standard of writing is sure to improve since it's not just me waffling on for 36 pages.
And speaking of pages, we're aiming 36 of them at the very least.
Here's the sort of content you can expect in issue 2:
- Our guide to cart conversions - get your favourite games up and running on your GX4000 with our handy guide.
- Part two of our feature on floppy emulation - add an LCD display and buzzer to a GoTek drive.
- An exclusive preview article from Eight-bit Memoirs - an upcoming Blu-ray 'zine.
- A feature on new website, Everygamegoing.com
- An in-depth look at the M4 board
- Lots of game reviews including Magica, Imperial Mahjong and Adios a la casta.
- Loads more stuff that we can't tell you about yet (we're sworn to secrecy).
Why Kickstarter (again)?
After the success of the first issue, I told myself that I wouldn't go back to Kickstarter for further issues and would instead sell directly through my on-line store. In the end though, a couple of different things changed my mind...
Firstly, I noticed the great job that Eight-bit magazine was doing in stirring up interest with a new Kickstarter for each issue. My concern was that people would tire of repeated Kickstarter campaigns, but the opposite seems to be true and people have really got behind it.
Secondly, with the move to a colour fanzine the financial risks have gotten greater from my end and the production number required to break-even has increased. Therefore, to secure enough copies sold to make the colour printing worthwhile I'm starting a new Kickstarter for issue 2.
Risks and challenges
Most of the big hurdles were overcome with the first issue of the fanzine (which was admittedly a bit late) and we feel confident that issue 2 will arrive in a more timely fashion.
One of the big risks is the move to colour, but we've already got a new print company lined up and a successful test run (of issue 1 in colour!) has proven to us that they can do a good job. As mentioned, the minimum quantity we need to order has increased, hence the new Kickstarter campaign to generate interest in the fanzine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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