Hi AtariAge followers...
this is Markus from Germany and today I post the result of an idea grew the past months inside me,
In the 80ies / 90ies I had my own Atari mailorder called Powersoft, coded some Software and
released some magazine (commercial and Public Domain) and wrote for german related press like
Atari Magazine and Zong, just to name a few.
No I want release again an Atari related magazine to support the great homebrew scene we just have.
I print the magazines at home with my small printery (as I need this machines for my main job) and
will do it all three months, but step by step:
I was thinking of a cool name and finally I found it in this nice creation
PRO ATARI - sure what we mean
PROC ATARI - it is in Turbo Basic and other code languages the syntax of beginning of a subroutine.
so at the end
PRO© ATARI was born...
I will release the magazin in A5 format with envelope pro printed full colo in gloosy paper, inside more old school character, will say most text, but also some screen shots, but with easy layout. the magazines should bring us back a bit to the glory days...
First I thought to write a lot of old faishoned stuff. But I recognize when I dig again after year mroe deep into the scene, it is still a lot happening here. We got a great homebrew scene which is worth to write about.
As for me it is important the magazine will be read, I decided the following way:
The magazine is written in german (english version of the maagzine is planned, but read more later here) and I made an agreement with ABBUC club to include the magazine which is A5 size and containing 32-40 pages to the shipments of the Abbuc magazine, so we got readers of at least 400, even more per issue...
in all retro styled press there will be news and reviews of PRO© atari...
I also think to convert it to english language also, more about this fact at the end of this text.
As the magazine is spreaded for free I ask for some donations and will call a price for direct shipments to receover the costs a bit. also I plan a shop with nice atari related stuff (like music tapes and more, infos soon) to offer the produts and support the magazine with buying it.
Also I search for helping hands, please get in touch with me by PM here if you think you want to write something about, maybe I can include it, every help is welcome. Also I search for maniacs for the following:
I want to do also a homepage for the magazine. to include the shop there and bring hot infos about the magazine PRO© ATARI and also the paypal donation buttons. The homepage will be located on my server for my company here, so you do not need to spend bucks for any server. The domain I already reserved.
I want included to my homepage a shop to offer some cool atari related stuff. any help is welcome.
for he cover of the magazine I search for cool art artists... anyone here???
this is I guess the most important now here in this forum. we can do an english version also if we go enough interest. the interst starts with 25 sold units of the magazine. for the magazine I would ask for approx 2 euro plus postage. I need to calculate again the real costs for the magazine. but something like this...
but I need next to the interest also help... best would be a translator bringing the text from german to english already. if there is interest in english issue and no translator available, I would do it myself and need someone (best english or american) to bring the translates text into well and gramatical correct english...
also I search for any NEWS, HOMEBREW stuff, even if it is in progress. I can spread the news also to several magazines here around... so ANYTHING is welcome. do not hesitate to contact me.
firstly here by PM, as soon the PRO© ATARI email is in work, I will let you know.
now firstly, your thoughts and anyone here want to help in building this magazine?
all the best