Upcoming Issues of Cereal:Geek Features Transformers Covers
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 6:36am CDTCategory: Comic Book News
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cereal:geek is the new magazine from Busta Toons Productions that focuses strictly on animation from the eighties. On a quarterly basis this 100 PAGE glossy publication with NO ADVERTS features refreshing and enlightening articles, illustrations, scripts, storyboards, a wealth of unseen production materials from your favorite shows, and interviews with those individuals that helped shape this particular decade of animation history! Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Galaxy High School, He-Man, Jem, M.A.S.K., The Real Ghostbusters, She-Ra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ThunderCats and The Transformers are just some of the shows that appear in the first issue!
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Posted by CBratetron on June 6th, 2013 @ 7:25am CDT
I'm going to guess it's a fanzine?
Posted by gothsaurus on June 6th, 2013 @ 11:52am CDT
... but odd to hear about it at issue 9. Makes me wonder what I missed in issues 1-8... and if any had to do with Transformers.
Anyone been following from the start? Any indication of quality of photos/content from a scale of 1 (bad fanzine) to 10 (museum exhibition book). ???
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 6th, 2013 @ 2:55pm CDT
I'd guess there's some TF content in every issue, just not necessarily very much if it's strictly '80s and they try to cover the most obscure cartoons, including those that didn't leave behind any toys for us to remember them by. (Yes, that first issue did have Galaxy High stuff)
I'm so far behind on it, I'm actually surprised they're only up to #8.
On gothsaurus's scale above...maybe it's an 8?
Posted by gothsaurus on June 6th, 2013 @ 3:02pm CDT
Too bad $50 per issue is WAAaaaay over my budget. Getting caught up would cost like... $11,9999 milliondy dollars... or some other big math-number®.
("Math-number" is a registered trademark of the Liberal Artists Trying to Do Math Conglomerate. Patent Pending.)
They need to put up some PDFs of their previous issues in iTunes or such. Hmmm.
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 6th, 2013 @ 7:14pm CDT
Posted by gothsaurus on June 7th, 2013 @ 9:25am CDT
Posted by Busta Toons on June 7th, 2013 @ 3:02pm CDT
My names is James Eatock and I'm the long suffering writer, editor, designer, and self-publisher of cereal:geek magazine!
I'll try to explain as much as I can about the magazine without waffling...
cereal:geek is a glossy magazine - 100 pages with no adverts whatsoever - It was always important to me that I produce something that is a quality product, rather than something that looks like it's been haphazardly put together - I wanted people to pick this magazine up physically and say, "This is pretty damn good!"
Inside the magazine there are regular features that both examine (in-depth) and praise the cartoons of the eighties - The articles in the second half of each issue are dictated by the theme - For example issue four (a GOOD jumping on point) is a horror-themed issue and has features on the horror-themed episodes of He-Man, Transformers ("Dark Awakening"), G.I. Joe, Inhumanoids, etc.
All the artwork and articles are exclusively created for the magazine - You can see plenty of page examples on my deviantART page (though I haven't updated it in a LONG time) - http://bustatoons.deviantart.com/gallery/24556403
And I assure you, there's a LOT of Transformers material in each and every issue - After all, I'm too much of a Generation One fan to not acknowledge it!
The website is up and running once again - You can always buy one of the 100 page PDF previews - I assure you though, issue four is the best jumping on point - The magazine had really found its "feet"...
Posted by gothsaurus on June 10th, 2013 @ 9:50am CDT
Are you saying that you can download the full out of print versions as PDFs? (Your wording of "previews" had me confused.) If this isn't offered, I'd very much suggest doing so!
If that's not the case, where IS the best place to get the older issues — and start at issue 4 as you suggest?
I know a lot of us can't afford the $50 for a magazine on ebay currently. Would you consider some reprints of the earlier ones, or a collected book or such?
Posted by Busta Toons on June 14th, 2013 @ 1:21pm CDT
I assure you, when you physically hold a copy of the magazine you'll see what a quality product it is - And trust me, I hate saying stuff like that because I am the world's worst pimp of my own product...
You can order back issues of the magazines directly from the cereal:geek website, or stores like Graham Crackers Comics and Orbital Comics stock the magazine, and both currently have the now out-of-print copies of issue five...
I've considered a collected book of the first four issues - But right now I'm focusing on the next eight issues!
Posted by gothsaurus on June 17th, 2013 @ 9:50am CDT
Thanks for the reply — and where you can still get the back issues.
Is there any way to view the table of contents for each issue? (Or a list of featured subjects?) If there are issues which HEAVILY feature Transformers, I'd definitely be more apt to get those first.
Given, it sounds like each one hits on them a bit, so I'll probably eventually try to pick up the set.
BUT — Do please consider collected sets of four... (and continuing with 5-8 as well (eventually) since the 5th is currently sold out on your site.)
Posted by Dead Metal on June 17th, 2013 @ 10:20am CDT
Didn't this go under like 3 years ago?
Posted by Busta Toons on July 1st, 2013 @ 7:11am CDT
gothsaurus wrote:Is there any way to view the table of contents for each issue? (Or a list of featured subjects?) If there are issues which HEAVILY feature Transformers, I'd definitely be more apt to get those first.
With regards to Transformers content, every issue contains at least some Transformers (I wouldn't have it any other way) - But of the issues available I'd recommend issue five (which can be picked up on certain websites), and issues six and seven (which you can still pick up from the website)...
Dead Metal wrote:This still exists?
Didn't this go under like 3 years ago?
Well, the downside of self-publishing is that when life gets in the way the magazine becomes the last thing on my mind - But, to answer your question, YES it still exists!
Posted by gothsaurus on July 1st, 2013 @ 4:08pm CDT
Posted by Busta Toons on July 2nd, 2013 @ 5:41am CDT
gothsaurus wrote:What about the ones "unavailable"... any of those have a bulk of articles on TRansformers? Trying to put together a priority list. Heh.
Here's a brief rundown - As I've said before, there are numerous little articles and features throughout each issue (alongside the lengthy articles), and many of those often relate to the Robots in Disguise...
* Issue two has numerous Transformers articles in, and you can pre-order that issue here - http://www.cerealgeek.com/issue_02.html
* Issue three has an article about Transformers: The Movie
* Issue five has the first of a two-part LENGTHY article about the UK Transformers comics (which is concluded in issue six)
Also, I should mention that issue four (which is still available) has a great article about "Dark Awakening" with a fantastic illustration of the "zombie" Optimus Prime...