Print Is Dead: Topps Ghostbusters [researching]

Hiya,

So, I’m a good ways into the Topps collectibles – Ghostbusters 2 cards, the Ghostbusters Fright Flicks cards, and the Slimer candies, but there are a few things I’m looking for that you might be able to help with;

– Scans of the front of GB2 cards, 7, 8, 12, 15, 19-21, 25, 26, 30, 31, 39, 42, 46, 47, 58-64, 66, 73, 74, 79, 80, 82, 83, and stickers 4 and 6 (front and back.)

Bonus;
– Any advertisements for any of the GB Topps goods.

Thanks all.

The test pages for the Real Ghostbusters magazine will be along shortly. I have to be careful that I think out the book’s interior entirely before I commit to any pages, otherwise I get dozens of pages in and don’t want to make any changes.

QUICK QUESTION (ANSWER IN COMMENTS) – Should collectible lists include check boxes? Would people enjoy using the book a way to keep track of what they have and what they’re still looking for? I mean, people can do that anyhow – anybody can place a pencil mark next to or around a comic listing, but it’s slightly more civilized if there’s a tick box there. Yeah? No? Maybe.

Print Is Dead: cover mock-up

So, the first challenge I gave myself was to come up with the cover. In a lot of ways, designing a cover for a book that isn’t written is putting the cart before the horse, but it’s not like the contents of this book aren’t known. It’s not like it’s a fiction novel and it’d be nice to have a particular scene referenced in the cover art. It’s Ghostbusters!

And frankly, I’m the kind of person that likes stuff like this, as a touchstone while I work on the book. It’s a visual reminder of what I was thinking when I start a project, and later on, even if the final cover changes (and this one will, as there are a few people who’s feedback I will be seeking, and a few elements I will be adding), along the way I can always take a peek when I’m banging my head against the wall.

Since these will come up, I will address them now;

1) Why aren’t I using the logo, either no-ghost or text?

This is an unofficial book. Unofficial reference books can be written, but they are, by definition, unofficial. The fair use of materials inside are one thing, but using a registered trademark on the cover are another. Basically, the book is valid. The use of the logo on the cover is not. So, no logo.

2) Why do you hate Winston?

I don’t. I love Winston. And I tried a lot of different images that included Winston, but none worked as well, visually or thematically, as the one of the three founders huddled in a library. Consider it more like this – that shot represents their first encounter with a real ghost. Not a sponge migrating or something they read about in a book. This is their first tangible case. If I had to pick one scene that illustrates the Ghostbusters perfectly, that’s the shot. The studious Egon scanning, the excited Ray recording and wound up, and Peter, not buying any of it for a second. Perfect.

So, I would have loved to put Winston on the cover, but in the end I’m opting to include him on the back. Don’t worry – he’ll get his fair shake inside.

And now, the WIP cover;
print-is-dead_COVER copy

Next task; working out the interior type design, and trying it out on the first article (The Real Ghostbusters Magazine reference.)

Print Is Dead: The Real Ghostbusters Magazine (US) [researching]

I know I said that the cover was going to be my first goal, but I’ve found an actual reference article to build, so I’ll still work on the cover, and in the next week, have something, but for now I have artifacts to focus on.

My biggest fear was that the reference portions were going to be committing existing information to hardcopy. It turns out THERE’S STILL WORK TO BE DONE!

Case in point, The Real Ghostbusters Magazine – not to be confused with the UK RGB Magazine, which was a weekly/bi-weekly/released at a ridiculous pace publication that was larger than a comic, but featured a lot of of comic tales with a few text stories and articles. This US publication was quarterly, slightly fancier, with a slick print cover, and the ratio of comics to articles was reversed. Generally speaking.

I have a bunch, and I thought, given there weren’t a lot of them, and that I was missing some, this would be a nice test article. A quick search to see if anyone else had any information turned up a GB Wiki listing that said there were five issues. This was based on a listing at GBI, which had scanned and posted five issues, but never claimed there were only five. However, this information was parroted on some other sites. But here’s the thing… I have six issues myself, and one of the five listed at GBI, I don’t have. This means that while the common wisdom is that there are five issues, mine plus the odd-man-out at GBI means there are at least seven.

This is fantastic! It means that not everything about Ghostbusters is known and my work towards a book isn’t just compiling existing information online, but it will feed new information back into the community. And that makes me happy.

But down to business; Here’s pics of the issues I know of, the first one from GBI, the rest I own. And I’m listing them chronologically – there are no gaps. Which means that unless we can find a Spring 1991, this is the entire run of the magazine. And given that The Real Ghostbusters went off the air in 1991, I doubt it. But, this is the point of the reference book – I’m going to now lay out a reference page on this magazine. I will share the PDF online while work on the rest of the book continues. If more are found along the way, or even after the first edition is put to bed, I’ll update.

Summer 1989
Fall 1989
Winter 1990
Spring 1990
Summer 1990
Fall 1990
Winter 1991

Winter 1991
Winter 1991

Fall 1990
Fall 1990

Summer 1990
Summer 1990

Spring 1990
Spring 1990

Winter 1990
Winter 1990

Fall 1989
Fall 1989

Summer 1989 - First Issue
Summer 1989 - First Issue