Contributor Spotlight - Jamie Fry

This entry is the first in an irregular series highlighting the people behind the material for the magazine. We kick off with Jamie Fry...

Jamie is a long-established part of online Fighting Fantasy and the man in charge of the website Fighting Fantasy Collector. This made him the natural choice for a column on collecting for the magazine when the team were casting about for ideas for material. As part of his interesting in collecting Fighting Fantasy-related paraphernalia he developed the "Collector's Guide" (a listing of every known Fighting Fantasy collectable). Other items of interest to fans can be found on his eBay site. He can be found on The Unofficial Fighting Fantasy Forum! as "Unclebundle".

He seems to be a natural choice as ambassador thanks to his love of the game book series and his rapport with Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. This has recently led to him becoming the new "Warlock" of the official website and we wish him well with his endeavors to get the site up-to-date and relevant once more.

Jamie will be interviewed in issue #8 (due out January 2012).

Artist Spotlight - Natalie Gingerboom

Today is the first in an irregular series of posts that will briefly highlight the various talented artists whose works help lift Fighting Fantazine up to be something other than a very dense chunk of text.

To kick off, we turn the spotlight on Natalie Gingerboom.

The magazine was first put in touch with Natalie after her contribution to an art competition on the official website which depicted Zanbar Bone and his Moondogs (from City of Thieves). Andrew Wright, our "Out of the Pit" wrangler spotted her talent and got in touch, directing her to the newly released first issue of the magazine. She sent an email and before the week was out she'd signed over her soul and was hard at work on the cover for issue #2.

Since then she's been hard at work studying illustration at University, and you can visit her blog to take a peek at her non-Fighting Fantasy efforts.

In an effort to keep her from drowning in study we've kept her busy ourselves, with Natalie doing the back cover for issue #3 and most recently the front cover for issue #5 (which she discusses on her blog and a bit of which I've nicked for the logo at the top of this blog).

Fans can look forward to more of her artistic efforts as she contributes to issue #7, currently planned for release in July...

It's a Small World After All

Just a post to highlight some of the wonderfully diverse people that have contributed to/supported Fighting Fantasy since it was launched in 2009.

As mentioned in an earlier post we have Michael Wolmarans from South Africa and Sunil Prasannan (ex-UK, now in the USA). But we also count among our many contributors (not all are listed here, just a few to show geographic diversity) Julien Meneldur (France), Aida Rintarou (Japan), Andrew Wright (ex-Australia, now in Thailand), Brett Schofield (Australia), Jamie Fry (UK), Demian Katz (USA), Ian Brocklehurt (ex-UK, now in Greece), Guillermo Parades (Mexico), Dan Satherley (NZ), and Natalie Gingerboom (UK).

Additional to this list, the survey reveals we also have readers from places like Sweden and Ireland.