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REPRINT: EXCLUSIVE! A chat with Yusaku Yamamoto, editor of Shooting Gameside magazine!

I’d like to thank Yusaku Yamamoto and all the staff at Shooting Gameside for kindly agreeing to an interview. Especially with a no-name person like me.

The past.

Ageing gamers the world over may recall with fondness scouring the pages of their favourite gaming or anime magazines only to be left gazing in awe at the wealth of fine publications available to our friends in Japan. The birthplace of said subject matter plays host to everything the mind could possibly conjure up to feed the insatiable masses. From simple, photocopied ‘doujin’ fanzines to pulp monthlies the size of telephone directories and elaborate coffee table centerpieces laden in gold, frankincense and quite possibly myrrh. There is simply no area left uncovered by both the professionals and otaku alike.

At the same time it was with some sadness that these pages we gazed at longingly in our favourite reads were simply pipe dreams that were left on those pages. For many this was (and still is) a stumbling block due to two main reasons. The language barrier and the sheer cost of importing such items to our respective countries. And so it remains, even to this day, that 99.9% of the product we long for that is so readily available in Japan remains out of our grasp. On a personal note I recall the black and white classifieds that graced the pages of Manga Mania in the early 1990′s would showcase the Masmaune Shirow masterpiece Intron Depot 1. Last week, and some 19 years later, I purchased a copy of Intron Depot 1 from Japan which traveled so many miles across the globe and floated down on my desk like the most beautiful feather. I was reduced to near-tears. At last I owned a copy of the legendary art book I saw nearly two decades earlier and dreamed of owning.

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Pink Bullets: The Making Of A ‘Zine

Posted on July 17, 2015

Pink Bullets: The Making Of A Zine from Ian Cortina on Vimeo.

This video was put together to compliment a project I completed in May 2013. I decided to create a fanzine about STG’s, or shooting games. As an aside I thought it would be nice to put together a sort of ‘making of’ video showcasing the stages of the zine, from initial research to listing all the countries around the world that my fanzine managed to reach. I am really pleased with the results and am still amazed how many people contacted me to say they enjoyed reading it.

Maybe one day I will make another volume!