Friday, March 4, 2011

Evidence #2: The Bubblegum Crisis Protoculture Addicts Issue 14 (Aug - Sept 1991)

"So im back! And I've been here for years, Rockin the-"... hold up, that's not the right song. Let me try that again.

Welcome again boys and girls, as it is the main man of the hour, with more crap to shove in your face. Sorry about the first part, I wanted to try and be funny (to whoever would get that song lyric). Is it funny? Surly not. Should I edit it? Perhaps. Am I gonna forget to edit it and leave it in? ... yes... my answer would have to be yes.

But I am back for post number 2 (the first one doesn't count, its just a measly introduction) as I have yet more little pieces of anime past to show. For this post I have myself another little magazine (or I guess fanzine if you would call it, you people are more than welcome to correct me) of a certain issue of Protoculture Addicts from August to September of the year 1991 with none other than... MORE BUBBLEGUM CRISIS!!!!

 I came across this issue at my first Animazement (slash/ anime con) back in 2007 in the dealers room. At the time, still fresh into Bubblegum fandom, I was in the dealers room for probably a good hour (my second trip there that Saturday) and one of the dealers was selling comics (pretty sure its the same guy every year. Hey, dudes gotta make a living). The dealer had other issues of Protoculture Addicts in the bin (if memory serves me right) and I ran across this little baby in the wild. Of course when I saw this issue, I was rather shocked that I found another piece of BGC to add to my slowly growing collection ( I wanna say at this time I found the Animerica BGC issue before I came across this) and wondered how long this guy must have had this. So right then and there I used the cash I brought with me that day for the con and took it with me along with other merchandise I picked up as well.

This was a magazine that I would have to say was before anime magazines had colored pictures inside them than on the cover. And if I had to take a good guess, I'd probably say that Animerica was the first magazine to use color on the pictures inside than just on the cover. Of course if I'm wrong on this, leave a comment stating why, because it wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong on something and certainly not the last.

But this blog would not be complete without pictures, and I do have quite a "few" to share.

Yea, nice fan art. I guess for 1991, this was considered "good" by anime fans at the time. Sure it might look like Priss is has some "manly" features about her, with some proportions misplaced here and there, but for this time period you can't help but to let things like this slide, once in a while. Lets crack open this baby and see whats inside:

Wow! For 1991 this seemed to be a lot of information for the BGC fan at the time. Episode synopsis, fan art,  RPG info, Character faqs and bios and some talk on the two ova series (yes, including Crash). For what its worth (the picture is big enough for you guys to read the info too) you got some interesting reading material to go through. This just goes to show how passionate anime fans were to series like these and the subscribers they had. And granted, these guys were not some USA Today writers, they were just fans to make info available for other fans.

Of course, this wouldn't be complete without some good old advertising and more fan art.:

Gotta say not bad, probably in better quality than some of the fan art in magazines today (last time I checked, but I really think magazines take in some really good stuff now). Also if you notice on the last image, a little picture of Goku: Midnight Eye. How I love that OVA, and yet I have the complete manga sitting on my shelf... waiting to be read.

Well boys and girls, I think that about covers it for this post. I have more material coming up so its not like this is all. The material I have gotten is from another big BGC fan (or "fan-girl" to be exact) who has more of a collection than I do, which puts me in a somewhat envy state of mind. But I know hard work when I see it, which this girl has been a fan longer than I have. So I guess if I started the same time she did, I might be close behind her statistically speaking. But that aside, shes a cool gal from knowing her over the past year now and quite the nerd to boot. You will find out this mysterious person... next time. Take it easy.


  1. Back before the internet, this kind of information was really valuable and hard to find. It's such a different dynamic now that there are webpages... magazines have to come up with such specific content, it makes it tough.

    I look forward to seeing more retro stuff. I might even send some your way if you want it. Lord knows I have too much.

  2. Hey man, the more the merrier, knock yourself out. Just email me (info should be on my blog profile) with a zip or rar and just a description of what it is.

    I know the guy who does "Hokuto No Fogie" did his own fanzine on Hokuto no Ken back in the 80's. That guy needs to come back and post more stuff, his last post was literally last year. I sent him an email and he did respond like a month later saying he would be coming back. But that was months ago. Mmm...