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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

April 1990 Pt.5 Protoculture Addicts 7.

  One of the most iconic front covers of the 90's

Issue 7 of 'Protoculture Addicts' which at that time was the official Fanzine for Robotech, (produced and printed in Canada in the Spring of 1990 - April 1990).

The 36 pages where taken up with a varied contents, and in this issue there was very heart felt Editorial, showing solidarity with those remembering the14 victims of violence on the 6th. Of December 1989 at Ecole Polytechnic (part of the University of Montreal - Canada).

With such regular features as “The voice of the Freedom Fighters” (the Fan letters page) proving that the fanzine did indeed publish letter the criticised the publication, “The shaping of Protoculture” (feed-back to readers including :- addresses for Pen Pals, retail stores that do mail-order, and other Fan clubs), even song lyrics taken from three Robotech stories.

The main articles that are displayed on the front cover were very interesting, a 4 page Interview with Toren Smith (of Studio Proteus) by Alain Dubreuil, an introduction to Katsuhiro Otomo's film AKIRA by Emro Townsend also 4 pages, some beautifully detailed art from the Anime “Megazone 23 - part 3. we also find some optional rules for the 'Robotech' Role Plating Game of 'Southern Cross' too.
The “News & Reviews” page focussed on available translated Manga, Anime magazines, Fanzines, and fan clubs too).

I can do justice of how important 'Protoculture Addicts' was in informing fans and creating a sense of comradery in the era prier to the Internet's World Wide Web.

An interview by Fred Patten, with Claude J. Pelletier (Editor in Chief) in October 2004. (The article was published in Comics Buyer's Guide #1601.) can be found at...HistoricalNotes
Well worth a read.

 Back cover, Add for "Gubuster" & Dangaio" dated January 1990.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

April 1990 Pt.4 Animedia Magazine

From this Second magazine example I will endeavour use this to briefly show you the contents and style as a pictorial comment on the Japanese Anime Magazine “Animedia”.

Animedia First Published in July 1981 by Gakken Co., Ltd. Consisting of 152 pages (including the front & back covers), #4 April 1990 (No 106). 500 Yen.

This was one of my monthly ways to get news on Anime. On the whole it does look like Animedia focuses on TV shows.

 Front cover -Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

 Girls & Boys!

 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

Mashin Hero Wataru (I think I had the PC-Engine game of this).


Moomins & ?

Patlabor the Movie.

 OVA Crucher Joe & ?

Special Scramble News (in Red & Blue).

 Coming up next...

 Paint Gallery.

 Big Present...

 Shin...?  (Manga). Pages 73-88
[Note: No details on the Writer or illustrator].

 Shin...?  (Manga). 
[Note: No details on the Writer or illustrator]. 

 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.


Bubblegum Crisis. (BGC).

City Hunter, & Legend of heavenly Sphare,

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

 Dragon Ball Z.


 Ranma 1\2.

 Dragon Quest.

 Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl.


Kimagure Orange Road (KOR).

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water looks to be very popular, with quite some interest for 'Patabor' too.

[Note: I have left out most of the adverts from this April's Japanese Magazines, they will be in the end of the month's review.]

[Note:  Not being able myself to translate the Japanese details of the contents of this magazine, what you get is solely from the few English words and the recognizable animation stills, and illustrations and artwork, (and that just suited me just fine back in the 1990's).]

Friday, 24 October 2014

April 1990 Pt.3 Newtype Magazine.

My first example of a Japanese Anime Magazine from the 1990's, 'NEWTYPE' - the moving pictures magazine is still going strong today at the sum of 800 Yen (2014) - imports of this magazine vary from £12.00 to £22.00 – with a subscription including p&p, but the wealth of illustrations and full colour artwork and freebies (don't forget the Poster) and its flexibility of subject have proved its survival.

'Newtype' - the moving pictures magazine'. Published monthly by Kadokawa Shoten. Consisting of 180 pages (including front & back covers), #4 April 1990.  Featuring the Manga of ''The Five Star Stories','Yotoden' & 'Marionette Generation'. 
5th. Anniversary Front cover, - Pretty GUNDAM.

Contents Page (just look at the variety of subjects).

Winners of the 'Top 10' – Ryo Saeba from 'City Hunter', Noa Izumi from 'Patlabor', and Utsunomiko that nice Demon with the flute. 

Dragonar & The Five Star Stories.

 Shurato – Legend of heavenly Sphare & Borgman - the Supersonic Warrior\ Sonic Soldier.

Record of Lodoss War (classic RPG Fantasy) & Roujin-Z (Old man 'Z').

 The Five Star Stories. (manga) pages 47 to 61.

 The Five Star Stories.What an art style!

 'Patlabor' makes the “Anime Headline”.

 Idol Tenshi Youkoso Yoko.

 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. (SteamPunk before it became popular).

Chibi Maruko Chan.

 Ranma 1\2

 Yotoden (Manga) pages 101 to 115. 

Yotoden (Manga).

 Marionette Generation (Manga). Pages 127 to 134.

 Marionette Generation (Manga). 

 Marionette Generation (Manga).

 THE OFFICIAL ART of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

THE OFFICIAL ART of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

THE OFFICIAL ART of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

 THE OFFICIAL ART of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

 When AV was all about the... two Speakers (stereo speakers).

 ?  &  Hades Project Zeorymer (OVA 1-4)

 Video releases of the time! 

 Model Topics.

 How to Art - Step by Step.

 8 Bit Games

 Fan Art

 The Back cover Add.

 All this just to give an diea of what the focus was on.