Since LondonFuse’s beginnings back in 2009, Fuse staff, contributors and board members have talked about creating a zine or paper for people to read on the go. The purpose: to create local content not covered by mainstream media.
Things took a more tangible turn in 2016 when we took on the monumental task of revamping our website. In November, 2016, we were officially offline… for a few months. This gave us the perfect chance to dive into the wonderful world of print.
A legend is born…
Our contributors were excited to have a tangible paper to write for. They created comics, articles and crossword puzzles… anything and everything we needed to bring Short Fuse to life. In the beginning, we were bi-weekly. Once londonfuse.ca was back up and running, we switched to monthly, and scrapped the broadsheet format for tabloid. We also introduced the idea of themed issues, which continues to this day.
In March of 2018, Short Fuse went full colour. Our first full-colour issue was our music edition, with a gratuitous front page of photoshopped frivolity. Colour allowed us to be more creative with our presentation and customizing each issue to get the most out of our themes. We owe a huge debt to Derek Armstrong at Blu Monster Printing for coaxing us out of greyscale.
Our switch to colour also meant that we were able to offer colour advertising, which was a huge plus for our humble pages, and for the businesses that have supported and continue to support our publication.
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