Issue # 17 Monday, September 28, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Things Todd and Internet can be seen at http://propagandist.com/.

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to (and generally reads) 60+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


  

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Special - E-mail-zine Essentials

This time around I'd like to showcase an excellent self-promotion mailing list from Alternative Comics. After this review, as an added bonus, I've thrown in a subscription/access directions for a couple of e-zines that I've recently subscribed to and found extremely interesting.

It's my feeling that Jeff Mason, publisher of Alternative Comics provides an excellent service to his press fans, as well as shamelessly promoting all things to do with Alternative Comics.

Review - Alternative Comics' Mailing List

Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 3
E-zine Description: This mailing list is a one way forum for news, press releases, info blurbs and hype about Alternative comics. Jeff Mason ships out timely information about the independent/alternative comics world mostly as it applies to Alternative Comics and its excellent stable of comics and magazines.

Frequency of Publication: When needed

Subscription Instructions:
Send a request to: Jeff Mason at
jmason@gator.net

WWW location: http://www.indyworld.com/comics/

Contact Information:
e-mail: jmason@gator.net

Cost: Utterly Free

Review

Content - 5
Wide ranging but very focused. Jeff mainly provides news bits and press releases, but inside these are great tidbits like recent award nominees, new comics, artist information and convention locations and times. The info might be slanted, but it effectively gets the Jeff Mason and associated hype out there while providing tangible and useful info to subscribers.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Very professional. Each mailer is generally written like a press release imitating a "newsie" style; looks and sounds objective, but is properly sprinkled with the news that Jeff wants to get out. (I guess you can see Jeff's lawyerly writing skill here).

Regularity - 5
No set schedule (as far as I can tell), but information is very timely.

Extras - 3
Not much for typical extras here. There are always excellent and appropriate links to further info on the Web, but the typical e-mail have to haves aren't there. No how-to un/subscribe info in each mailer. I believe that Jeff moderates this list himself, but really I can't tell.

Overall - 5
An excellent example of combining focused industry news with specific/company hype. Well written, timely, informative and free. Gotta like it! (well you don't have to but heck I think its snazzy).

E-zine Title: CCNet Digest

E-zine Description: The CCNet is a scholarly electronic network. Information circulated on this network is for scholarly and educational use only. The CCNet Digest provides a daily mailer showcasing opinions and information about geological and historical neo-catastophism, NEO research and the hazards to civilization due to comets, asteroids and meteor streams, and the development of a planetary civilization capable of protecting itself against cosmic disasters.

Frequency of Publication: daily+

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/cccmenu.html

Note: Given the volume of information provided via this list, and its personal list moderation please do not subscribe to this list lightly.

WWW location: http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/cccmenu.html

Contact Information:
Visit: http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/cccmenu.html

Cost: Free

E-zine Title: BotSpot Newsletter

E-zine Description: From the site: BotSpot's free monthly newsletter is emailed to you on the 15th of each month with previous month's NewBots samples, Best of the Bots summaries, previous month's happenings and events in the fields of [Internet/On-line] Bots, Intelligent Agents and Artificial Intelligence. Links back to BotSpot's valuable information at www.botspot.com are incorporated throughout this monthly newsletter available in HTML format.

Frequency of Publication: monthly

Subscription Instructions:
Visit: http://botspot.com/newsletter/index.html

WWW location: http://botspot.com/newsletter/index.html

Contact Information:
feedback: http://botspot.com/email/

Cost: Free!

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