All change at Blackfish!
New owners, new magazines, and a new look for Death Ray…
It's a time of major reorganisation here at Blackfish Publishing, and there are important changes afoot across the company, not least at Death Ray magazine. By this time next year, the company should be bigger, stronger, almost unrecognisable. Here's how it goes.
1. New ownership.
Blackfish is now in the hands of Rebellion, the celebrated Oxford-based video game developer, perhaps best known to many Death Ray readers as owners and publishers of 2000 AD and its sister titles, and thus home of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper and dozens more. It's also where Abaddon – the SF, horror and fantasy novel line – lives. Yes, that's right: though Blackfish remains a separate company, the fabulous 2000 AD is now more or less our sister title!
We're incredibly excited about our new relationship with the ever-cool Rebellion, and our plans going forward. Blackfish was never intended to be a tiny, one-magazine publisher, and recent changes give us an opportunity to grow. If Blackfish is under the radar for many people at the moment, then that ain't going to be the case for long. For more on the ever-cool Rebellion, follow this link.
2. New offices.
Blackfish, previously squashed into a tiny room on Bath's Walcot Street, has now moved across town to a new, rather more spacious home on Monmouth Place. No longer sitting on each other's laps, we've suddenly got room to breath. Here's our new address:
20 Monmouth Place
Bath BA1 2AY
Phone remains the same: 01225 338828
3. New format for Death Ray.
We're changing things on Death Ray. In the future it will be less frequent, more expensive, but fatter, with more in it. The first of these new look issues – which we'll be putting out four times a year for the time being – will go on sale in mid-November, and we'll have more about what you can expect from it on this website over the coming weeks and months. In its brief history, Death Ray has been the most in-depth, thoughtful and (we'd say) just plain best science fiction review and interview magazine on the planet. This will continue to be the case, just not quite so often.
The new quarterly Death Ray will contain all the goodness of a 'regular' issue, but we'll have way more room – room for more spectacular images, room for more and longer (yes, longer!) features, room for all the things we'd like to do every issue but simply haven't had the space. Death Ray has always been a unique proposition – more wordy, more in-depth than pretty much anything else out there, not just in the world of science fiction, but in magazines in general – and in some ways the new version will be a more pure take on that ideal. But with bigger pictures, and not so much tiny text. It's going to be quite something.
4. New magazines.
If you like the general Blackfish approach – fair, funny, in-depth, that whole 'we go deeper' thing – then I hope you'll love our new titles. That's right, we're launching more, starting with a top secret title we're currently working on that may well be to your liking.
The plan is that by this time next year we'll be publishing up to three regular titles: the new, fatter, quarterly version of Death Ray, and as many as two new, top secret monthlies that are currently shaping up on the drawing board. All of our new titles will be specialist interest magazines that will share much in common with Death Ray, at least in terms of approach. Again, we'll have an update on what these titles might be, and when you're likely to get to see them, in regular updates on this website.
5. Are you a subscriber?
If so, you might be worried about your subscription to the new look Death Ray. Well, don't be! If you've already got a sub, things will continue as normal – you'll still get however many issues you have left on your subscription, just spread out over more months. In fact, since Death Ray will have a new, higher price going forward, you'll actually be saving more money than you'd bargained for, since you'll be getting the new, more expensive issues for the price of the old £3.99 ones! And for new subscribers, we'll have a new subs offer here shortly. It's for four of the new, fatter issues, and it'll be cheap – look out for it!
Administrator August 18, 2008, 03:04:26