Tuesday, March 6, 2012
FANGORIA NO. 311
Once you get past the first couple of pages of mind-bending ads with new stuff that you just can't live without is First Rites, the lead-off editorial by the mag's maestro, Chris Alexander. I always read this first off, as Mr. Alexander's insightful commentary sets the tone for the rest of the issue. After that, you're in monster country, pal!
I prefer jumping around the issue, and there's plenty to read. No worries about monster-lite here. While you may find the occasional one-pager (not counting reviews), most articles are pretty meaty . . . the red kind of course. The aforementioned Corman tribute runs a hefty 9 pages, and there's non-stop action with articles on such films as RABIES, ABSENTIA, THE DEVIL'S ROCK, and SILENT HOUSE, and lest I forget, the second and concluding part of the interview with kookster-genius actor Nicolas Cage. All-in-all, there's more than enough multi-page madness to keep anyone off the streets at least for a couple or three hours.
Art Director and Warren Pubs alumnus W.R. Mohalley keeps the page layouts exciting and within a thematic framework that has been a hallmark of the magazine for years. Drenched in vivid color and typeface just big enough from causing eyestrain, FANGO is indeed, a feast for any fear fan.
And, finally, just in case you're wondering what the heck is up with the FANGO-fest of promo here, I'm officially kicking off a new series of MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD spotlight features, where a 'zine that I feel is deserving gets a break and is put in front of the centipede conga-line. Besides, if I were to choose but one Desert Island Monster 'Zine, FANGORIA would be near the top of my list . . . maybe even higher.
Want flies with that monster burger?