Thursday, August 28, 2014 interview

To coincide with the release of Drop Target #6, Rob McClurg over at just posted a lengthy email interview that he conducted with Jon and myself.  We were both impressed with Rob's deep, thoughtful questions.  So if you've ever wanted to know more about how Jon and I put together Drop Target, or how we're feeling about pinball these days, pour yourself a cup of tea and go give it a read! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drop Target #6 is now available for ordering!

Drop Target #6 is now available for online ordering!  Here are all the details for our latest issue:

DROP TARGET #6 - The Design Issue
60 pages - 5.5" x 8.5" - B&W printing
First Printing: 8.5" x 14" full-color centerfold, screenprinted cover

VIDEO MODE: The History of Pinball (1997)
- FROM ZEROS TO HEROES: The Dream Factory - Jon takes a trip to the Stern Pinball factory!
- TILT TALK: Steve Ritchie and George Gomez interviewed by Jon
DREAM MACHINES: Giant Robo Pinball by Jon Chad, Big Mushroom Hunter by Gabby Schulz (AKA Ken Dahl), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Alec Longstreth
PINHALLS: Headquarters Beercade - Chicago, IL
SPECIAL WHEN LITERATURE: The Pinball Philosophy by John McPhee
PINBALL ARTIST - JOHN YOUSSI: an interview by Ryan Claytor!
BANG BACKS: Redesigned Replacement Parts
REPLAY REVIEW: Star Trek (Stern, 2013)

I want to do a post about how this issue came together recently in Vermont, but I suspect I'm going to be busy for a week or so, filling orders.  Jon and I are both really excited to share this issue with everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vermont Rendezvous!

Good news! Jon (who now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts) and I (who now live in Alameda, California) are meeting next week in White River Junction, Vermont with one, sole purpose... TO FINISH DROP TARGET #6!!!

Well, okay, technically we have TWO purposes, the first being to teach the Cartooning Studio workshop at The Center for Cartoon Studies.  

But at night, when we are done with our teaching duties, we will be finalizing the layout, printing and binding the books using the famed CCS production lab (where we have created all of the first printings of Drop Target).  All the pieces are quickly coming together as we get closer to the deadline, and it's shaping up to be a great issue!  

We're really excited to share it with everyone, especially after the long wait.  Thanks for your patience, and we'll post some process pictures on the blog next week as it all starts to wrap up.  More soon!