Thousands of words were written this week. The features are all ready for “print.” Which reminds me! I’m going to get some kind of print-on-demand (POD) service in place in the next week, so you can order actual PRINTED copies of every issue so far if you like!
Building the issues has been taking me 12-14 hours. Since I have an all-day trail run scheduled for this Saturday (in Rocinante, my Pajero – I don’t do running), I’ve been trying to build out GBXM #3 through the week. It’s going to be HUGE.
GBXM #1 was 22 pages. #2 was 32 pages. #3 is currently 22 pages – and I’ve only got a cover, table of contents, and TWO stories done. I’ve still got SEVEN features to go, PLUS 3 “re-runs” from March in 2010, 2011, and 2012, AND a handful of updates. Oh yeah, and it’s my magazine, so I get to write an editorial or two on top of all that. This is going to be the best Gearbox Magazine yet!
At right are a couple screen shots of the first two features in GBXM #3. This month, I’m proud to announce we’re doing a double feature on the Shitbox Rally down in Australia. First up, we have an interview with James Freeman, founder of the event. James’ story pairs nicely with a conversation I had with Jeremy & Deb, two Americans who traveled to Australia, bought a shitbox, spray painted it in a Hilton parking garage, and attempted to cross the Outback in it. (Oh wait. Did I forget to mention that story here on the website? Damn. BONUS MATERIAL!)
This is incredible, trip-of-a-lifetime stuff, folks. And just think, as a gearhead savvy enough to find this little corner of the web, you’ve probably already got contacts Down Under you could tap to get started planning your own Shitbox adventure. What’s stopping you, then?
ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED YET?
This is going to be the last 100% free-to-everyone digital issue. Issue #4 is going to be for subscribers only. Don’t worry, there will still be a partial preview, I’m sure, and you’ll still be able to buy printed copies of individual issues. Fortunately, because I’ve been so busy building this thing out in the last couple weeks, I haven’t had time to figure out how our new “pay wall” works, so free lifetime subscriptions are still up for grabs. We’re currently at 88. Will you be one of the first 100 subscribers? I’m thinking about getting the paywall in place once we hit 100… no pressure.