Offworld

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US Semiprozine published by Neil Feigeles of Graphic Image Press, edited by Arnaldo Lopez; two issues, Fall 1993 and Winter 1993/94. Published in slim standard format (10 x 6.7 in; 257 x 170 mm), saddled stapled, it was printed in an edition of 5,000 copies, on quality coated stock with colour artwork throughout its 64 pages. Offworld emerged from the comic-book world (see Comics) rather than a descent via the Pulps and Digests; hence Feigeles' overstated claim that the magazine consisted of entirely new material, unlike other magazines. The emphasis, inevitably, was on the art, and despite its slim size Offworld was beautifully produced. In both issues the cover art was reproduced as a centre spread, the first by Michael Kaluta, the second by Carl Lundgren. The fiction was competent but unexceptional. Much of the first issue was written pseudonymously by Lopez, whilst the second issue had better known contributors including John B Rosenman, Steve Rasnic {TEM} and Cynthia Ward, though her story was erroneously attributed to Paul Levinson. It was clear that the potential was huge and the talent was there, but the cost of production was high and Feigeles had already taken two years to get the magazine developed after an initial legal wrangle with a distributor over the magazine's original title, Advanced Warning, which had cost him $10,000. Moreover, by choice, Offworld ran no advertising. The limited print run would never recoup costs and it seems the magazine's fate was sealed from the start. [MA]

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