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quote:Originally posted by Steve F.The magazine is boring and black & white. This is coming from someone who has close to 200 of these magazines in the attic. Expect to read about Strate's carnival train and Butler Amusements a lot.
quote:Originally posted by Skywheelrider
quote:Originally posted by Steve F.The magazine is boring and black & white. This is coming from someone who has close to 200 of these magazines in the attic. Expect to read about Strate's carnival train and Butler Amusements a lot.Okay, let me calrify some misinformation from this gentleman. Carnival Magazine is not all black and white. Quite a bit of it is in colour, and plans, according to what Charles Dabbs told me, are to add more and more colour. Do you still subscribe, Steve? And they are doing "History of Train Shows" not just Strates train. I find it fascinating myself (I am a history buff in general), although I can see why some think it has gone on too long. I write for the magazine, send photos, and sell it on the lots. I have sold subscriptions as well (Tom McDonagh of McDonagh's Amusements was one). I enjoy it. Yep, all volunteer, but it sure opens a lot more doors than being a plain old fan will do, I speak from experience. And Bryan is correct, being that it is not "professional" journalists that send in information, there is some misinformation, such as regarding identifying certain rides (like the June 2004 article on Wade in San Antonio), sometimes sizes of rides and/or number of trailers for transport, etc. But nothing that is outright glaring, IMHO. Heck, name one magazine out there that does not have some inaccurate information sometimes. If someone finds an error, point it out to them and they will run a correction. And as for the Butler Amusements articles, yep, usually once a year a nice article on Butler. Overall I think it is a fine magazine that has come a long way since I started subscribing back in April 1996. Yep, it was all black and white back then, but not anymore. This year they even added route listings each month. A nice magazine that is fan friendly and show folk friendly, and cheaper than the AB. You will enjoy it, and look forward to it coming each month. Chris Hurley
quote:Originally posted by SkywheelriderYeah, I agree, AB is waaaay too expensive for what you get. I subscribed a couple of years ago and decided not to renew because it was not worth it to me. They still send me letters asking me to subscribe again, but still too expensive, IMHO.Now, I am not saying Carnival Magazine is the greatest out there, but they do a good job with what they have. Bryan is right, half the battle is getting us contributors to send in our info and/or photos in a timely manner. Charles Dabbs told me that if they could just get over that hump, the magazine would be 100% better. I know I am guilty of hanging onto to stuff and procrastinating in sending it sometimes. And they do promote the smaller shows, too, in addition to big shows, something I always thought AB was lacking, somewhat. Mr. Dabbs actually requests more and more info and stories on small-medium shows. They want to help promote these shows, because in Mr. Dabbs opinion (and I agree) if it was not for these shows, many, many fairs and festivals would not ever get a carnival midway. So it is only right to promote them, they are just as much a part of the carnival industry as the big shows like Wade, A of A, Reithoffer, RCS, Butler, etc. Buying those covers are not cheap, either. Like $1000 each, from what I understand, so yeah, your show buys that, I am going to make sure there is an article with some colour photos inside showcasing your show in that same issue. Nothing wrong with that. Overall a fine magazine that I look forward to each month. I only wish the US Postal Service was more consistent in their delivery times! lol lol