The publishing rights to Geek Monthly magazine have changed hands a couple of times since the original publisher, Fusion Publishing, closed operations in 2010. Source Interlink Media now holds the rights, and is thrilling geeks with the restyled magazine, now named Geek Magazine.
The first new edition published on June 19, 2012. While mail subscriptions are not yet available, print issues are available at various retailers including Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble, as well as on newsstands in airports and other locations. Don't fret if you can't find it in a store near you—geeks can get immediate Geek Magazine gratification by ordering electronic editions and subscriptions on Nook, Google Play, iTunes for iPad (which boasts exclusive content), Kindle, and Zinio. That should pretty well cover all the ways in which geeks read print media.
Admittedly, I never read Geek Monthly, so I can't compare the reboot to the original, but I can say that the bi-monthly Geek Magazine is a worthwhile read. Topics range from science, like the article explaining why and how a shortage of plutonium affects space exploration; to music (and it goes way beyond JOCO, which is really nice—I'm a JOCO fan and all, but he's not the only musician who interests geeks); to book reviews, game reviews, and articles about the game industry; to articles about comic books and comic book artists, and, well, seemingly anything else that might interest a geek. The first issue was packed with great content, which definitely gives the reader of sense of getting your money's worth. Plus, not all the topics are specifically geeky. I think it is nice when things marketed to geeks cover more than just geek culture. After all, nobody (at least nobody I know) fits all of their interests and tastes nicely into one definition of oneself.
Geek Magazine is strengthened by the revitalized website. The magazine has articles not found on the website, and the website covers geek-interest topics in a timelier manner than is possible in a monthly publication. Regular website updates of interest include sections such as "Cosplay of the Day" and "Pop Culture Geek Podcast." I found the commentary on the new Dungeons & Dungeons version currently in the works particularly interesting. The website has a similar tone as the magazine; the tone is geeky enough without overdoing it, and, like the magazine, covers a wide variety of topics and genres.
I say "well done" to the new Geek Magazine team. I like the look, feel, tone, and topics of both the magazine and the website, and recommend them to both geeks and nongeeks seeking entertainment and knowledge.
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