Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by banjoted, Nov 7, 2016.
Crowdfunding certainly seems like the most sensible route, yes
The reality is that it probably isn't going to bring any 'new' information, but that doesn't mean that it can't be viable. Something that is beautifully put together that provides content that people enjoy doesn't need to provide any 'news', so to speak.
Like Playboy, but with Transformers?
That is why it has to offer content that is relatively independent of the news cycle. It can obviously cover upcoming product news, but the focus should be more on editorial, historical and behind the scenes info.
Lists of best/worst figures from all or certain eras with pictorials and backgrounds
collectors interviews showcasing their collections
interviews with designers both official and unofficial discussing their history and their design process.
editorials about the state of the hobby e.g. discussion about official vs 3 party or opinions on partsforming or pro/con about manufacturing materials such as rubber and die-cast.
transformers specific humor, all great magazines have a comic strip or two.
There is much more room for fresh ideas but I would be happy to start with that. Basically it would just be a physical curation of the hobby with content and information that is essentially evergreen and encourages repeat perusal.
A patreon situation would be best after a successful initial issue. Currently a bunch former Nintendo Power staff publishes a crowd funded successor to it called Nintendo force that is published with both a digital and physical subscription model quarterly.
Yeah, lots of sense here. Obviously can't be news led for the reasons you outline, but as you say, that doesn't mean it can't be viable. Patreon may even be viable from the off if used on a 'per creation' as opposed to an ongoing payment basis.
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