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 Post subject: 25 Going On 50...
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:40 am 
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It looks like one great issue! I can't wait for it to arrive. Any thoughts on the 50th anniversary issue?


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Mine arrived this morning. Looks great, even if it is slowly shrinking down to paperback size. I've noticed the same thing happening with my newspapers recently, so maybe it's me that's growing. :D


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Got my copy today too. Quite like the smaller format, and really looking forward to reading the Duncan and Harrison stories.


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IZ209 arrived in Bristol this morning. It looks great and I can't wait to get home tonight and read it properly.

I was especially pleased to see that 'The Last Reef' (my story from IZ202) came in at number 6 in the Reader's Poll - and I'd like to say a big thank you to those who voted for it.

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Mine arrived in Twickenham this morning. Looks great, and as a long-time subscriber I'm delighted it's made it through 25 years. A huge thanks to David Pringle and Andy Cox for the hours and sweat you've put in.


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Andrew Hook wrote:
Quite like the smaller format

I much preferred the A4 size... and think the even bigger 300 x 220mm format (as used by Sight & Sound, etc) would be even better, and especially of benefit to IZ's full-page artworks.

Is this 'incredible shrinking magazine' a sop to the US market?
Just wondering...
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The change had nothing to do with sopping and everything to do with ease of handling and reading, and accommodating a less annoying insert, all based on reader feedback. Having made those changes a few issues ago the printer recently suggested reducing it a bit further, not by incredible shrinking standards but by only a few milimeters, thus making their job a bit easier and ours a bit cheaper. For the sake of a few millimeters, no contest.


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I prefer the new size, although I've also got a soft spot for perfect bound publications. Um. I think out of the two, I'd go for the small size version. I also keep thinking there's a 'magic eye' thing going on with the cover of 209, and I'm sure I'm going to end up with a headache. Bloody brilliant, though.


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IZ is now the same 'length' as IZ was in 2001 but it's width is smaller by about 9mm. About 3/8 th inch imperial.


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I thought size didn't matter... ;)


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Andrew Hook wrote:
I thought size didn't matter... ;)


That's what my ex-girlfriend used to say.

My IZ209 arrived yesterday, and looks pretty damn fine from where I'm sitting. I'll try to get it read and reviewed within a week.

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 Post subject: 1st read?
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What do you read first, the stories or the nonfiction?
How do you decide which story to read first?

For me, the artwork is deciding factor.
Am I the only reader influenced in that way?

I really liked the (somewhat knock-kneed) clockwork robot on pg.43... so my first choice of stories was Al Reynolds' Sledge-maker's Daughter. Good stuff! What's the other Reynolds' story set in Newcastle, though?

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Got mine on Friday. Looks sweet. I prefer the smaller size, not sure why though.

The deciding factor on reading something, for me, is:

Read the non fiction, reviews etc.
The I go on either the authors or the names of the stories, the artwork doesn't really come into it, unless it catches my eye, and even then I just look at the artwork, but still decide what to read on the above. Erm.. overly long reply I know. :)

Haven't read much of it yet, just the remeniscing of 25 years of IZ, which was pretty interesting. (Shouldn't be long, as IZ is always bumped up my list). 8)

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Since my reading time is so fractured these days, the order I read things is usually based on length. So, I'll read the news first, then then reviews, then the articles and interviews, before starting on the shortest of the stories.

Read the Harrison on the bus to work this morning. Loved it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1st read?
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Tony wrote:
What do you read first, the stories or the nonfiction?


I tend to scan the reviews section first ... (cough) :oops:

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How do you decide which story to read first?


I tend to just read front-to-back, unless there's a piece that I'm especially looking forward to, which I will then save for last. It's like Sunday roast, really - gotta finish with the Yorkshire pud and the meat! (Apologies to any vegetarians present.)

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