The magazine assignment was a critical print piece that was a demanding yet rewarding experience in developing a well designed and comprehensive publication. Going into this project I knew I wanted to carry on the adult comics traditions of Metal Hurlant, 2000 AD and Eclipse but with a focus on budding Northwest comic book talent. Having worked in the comic books industry for almost a decade I knew what I wanted from the magazine but translating that vision to print was another issue entirely. I resourced number of incredible local talents who were more than happy to provide content for the magazine. Ready 2 Fight was originally a zine that was inspired by a late night encounter with a ruffian who was about to bum-rush a nightclub (I use nightclub loosely) after having been summarily evicted only moments earlier. The thematic elements of the magazine existed in the realms of fantasy and science fiction, the two required criteria’s for any submitted comic. Terrific talent was featured in Ready 2 Fight; Carl Nelson, Sarah Taylor and a local up and comer Eliot Min whose title 1BDP was a smash hit at Emerald City Comic Con.
I provided the additional content such as cover, table of contents and a brief interview article with Moebius which reproduced from and older Metal Hurlant. In order to create a distinct thematic impression on the reader the pages would have a ruined and faded background texture added to reinforce the image of this magazine being a science fiction artifact. Eliot Min contributed an awesome centerfold poster image that can be removed from the magazine and displayed. A promotional piece that I’d like to see utilized in more comics magazines is the inclusion of a promo mini comic. This comic would feature a creator from a more independent spectrum of sci-fi and fantasy genre and would create a sense of awareness and collectibility around the creator’s work. I’d like to think that the majority of these goals were successful in Ready 2 Fight.