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A fifteenth volume of Juiced.GS

KANSAS CITY, MO — July 24, 2009 — Juiced.GS, the last remaining print publication dedicated to the Apple II computer, announced today that it would continue publication for a fifteenth volume.

"When Max Jones founded this magazine in 1996, the Apple II line had already been discontinued for three years," notes current editor-in-chief Ken Gagne.  "Nobody imagined it would still be printed into a third decade — but come 2010, we'll have four more quarterly issues."

Juiced.GS was founded to provide focused coverage of the Apple IIGS, the only 16-bit model of the Apple II personal computer that Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs originally created in 1977.  As other magazines have ceased publication or moved to online-only formats, Juiced.GS has expanded to encompass all models of the Apple II.

Each issue of Juiced.GS brings a variety of news, reviews, how-tos, and interviews that look at the past, present, and future of the Apple II and its community.  Recent features have included interviews with Bob Bishop, who, with Steve Wozniak, comprised Apple Computer Inc.'s original R&D department; and 8 Bit Weapon, a modern-day "chiptune" band that performs live music using retrocomputers such as the Apple II.  Other features have detailed how to build your own Apple-1, reviews of the CompactFlash for Apple (CFFA) and MicroDrive/Turbo interface cards, a tutorial for programming with TCP/IP, and a gamer's guide to interactive fiction.

"I am just delighted with [Juiced.GS] — each issue just has a ton of content," said Carrington Vanston in an episode of 1 MHz, an Apple II podcast. "It's exciting just to get an Apple II publication in [this day and age]."

Juiced.GS 2010 calendar coverTo commemorate Juiced.GS's fifteenth volume, publisher Gamebits has created a 2010 wall calendar that features pictures of Apple II hardware, software, and people seen in past issues of Juiced.GS, but now in full color.  The calendar also marks significant dates in the Apple II's life, such as the founding of Apple Computer Inc., the release of AppleWorks 1.0, the first broadcast of an Apple II-specific podcast, and the dates for KansasFest 2010.

Subscriptions to Juiced.GS, which is available in hardcopy only, cost $19 for U.S. customers and $26 for international.  The Juiced.GS calendar costs $16, which includes shipping anywhere in the world.  These products as well as free sample issues can be found on Juiced.GS's newly redesigned Web site, https://juiced.gs/

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Juiced.GS focus group & blog launch

This morning, Juiced.GS hosted a focus group at KansasFest. Less a presentation and more a roundtable, the session was an opportunity for editor and publisher Ken Gagne to talk with the Apple II community about how its last remaining print publication can better serve its (potential) subscribers.

Four areas were covered:

  • Format: Juiced.GS is facing the same issue as the rest of the publishing industry — print or online? We debated the pros and cons of hardcopy versus PDF.
  • Design: If magazines are supposed to freshen their look every 3-5 years, Juiced.GS is well behind the curve. Some suggestions for minor touch-ups were given, but the consensus was that Juiced.GS doesn't need to look better than the (non-existent) competition and should focus on content and readability.
  • Content: After outlining the kinds of content commonly found in each issue, suggestions were taken for new topics and archetypes. Some would not be timely for a quarterly publication, but several ideas aimed at new members of the community were enthusiastically received. Candidates for future interviews were requested but none were made during the session.
  • Web site: This site was redesigned this year and is now easier to update and expand. How can we take advantage of that? Several attendees felt an online forum for readers and writers to converse and collaborate would be a valuable addition. This blog is the result.

Already the fruits of this dialogue can be seen here. How else would you like to see Juiced.GS evolve? What articles would you like to see published? Feel free to respond here, or email us. Both venues may be considered for publication as letters to the editor.