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Creative COW Magazine: It'll be five years, come December 19th
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Sep 30, 2010 at 8:00:29 am

It seems like only yesterday but on December 19th it will be five years since we first officially and publicly announced our plans to launch Creative COW Magazine. Five years already? Time flies. At the time, it was an insane gamble but the last five years have proven it to be a risk worth taking. ...


What a year it's been...another record breaker for Creative COW
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:07:29 am

Last year, around this time, we posted that in late November of 2008, the COW passed the Google Analytics ONE MILLION unique visitors a month marker. This year, as we wind down to year's end, we have passed the Google Analytics 2.2 MILLION unique visitors a month threshold. In fact, Q3 of 2009 sustained growth that saw the COW growing by adding another 100,000 visitors every 10 days or so. Against this backdrop, the other day I read a quote by Mahatma Gandhi that said: " First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you...


By popular demand: Creative COW Magazine print edition available worldwide
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Oct 31, 2009 at 10:40:10 am

Since the introduction of Creative COW Magazine back in early 2006, we have been asked repeatedly to make the print edition available to our friends and members around the world. Unfortunately, we were not set-up to accommodate international mailings and we had no way to bill them and maintain the record keeping -- well, unless our small team wanted to work around the clock! ;o) But recently we have added the means to allow our friends worldwide to receive the print edition and we are delighted that the response has been beyond our expectations, with orders arriving quite regularly. It...

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Tron 2 Review
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 9:48:02 am

More specifically, a review of the rapidly emerging news about the slice of nerd-vana that may or may not be named Tron 2. Those of us who became devoted some classics of science fiction filmmaking between, oh, I don’t know, let’s say 1977 and 1983, have reasons to cast the stink eye in the direction of latter-day sequels, prequels and such. One of those classics is 1982’s “Tron,” and you don’t need me to explain why . Yet even in this post-stink-eye era, the word on its sequel is nothing but good so far – including the news that it’s...


iPod/iPhone: Getting in the game
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 11, 2009 at 8:44:41 am

The folks at Reuters were among the world press who covered the Game Developer Conference earlier this month. It truly is a massive event, this year held March 23-27 in San Francisco. Among the tidbits from their coverage on April 1: Some say the iPhone's unique features -- GPS capability, connectivity, a touch screen -- and sheer variety of content gives it an edge over its more established handheld console competition Yo, Reuters: kind of late to the game, boys. You could have read THIS three weeks earlier in Creative COW Magazine's Games Issue: Our notion was that if Nintendo...


The COW Magazine Games Issue Intro, pt 2: Playing for keeps
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 29, 2009 at 2:11:56 pm

(On the off chance that you're looking for it, the expanded edition of my print column from the Games Issue is here .) Playing for keeps, and other lessons from games As much as games represent the cutting edge of technology, they've also been around for a while. For example, the game of marbles dates back to ancient Egypt . Thanks to a German inventor's new glassblowing tools for creating little glass balls, the game began spreading wide in the 19th century, then mass-produced by (you guessed it) Americans in the early 20th century. This is the small version of...

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If you want to get the new Issue of COW Magazine, this is the time to sign up
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 24, 2009 at 8:39:16 am

If you haven't yet signed up for your free subscription to Creative COW Magazine, now is the time to visit and sign up. I am working on the database and wanted to give some of you stragglers a chance to get in on this issue before we do the final cut-off. The Magazine continues to grow and is becoming quite popular in studios and companies around the world, so take a couple of minutes and sign-up now Is it a good magazine? Well, here's what Christian Glawe told us: "I have to admit that, when I first heard about the...

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Creative COW Magazine: The Games Issue.
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:52:13 pm

Bigger than The Beatles. Big opportunity. (This is an expanded version of my column at the beginning of The Games Issue.) Normally, Creative COW Magazine is heavily production-oriented. We typically talk about high-end cameras and other cutting-edge hardware. So why a games issue, and why now? Because while other parts of our business may be cooling down, games are hot. If you've ever tried to pry your kid (or your boss) away from video games long enough to eat supper (or sign your paycheck), then you know how compelling video games are. Re: hot, here are some numbers. Best opening day for...

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COW Magazine #13 is at the printers and it's a cooker
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:19:50 pm

The new issue of the Creative COW Magazine is at the printer and will soon be arriving in the mail for those in the United States who have opted for the hardcopy edition. For our international members, we will shortly have our PDF editions added to the magazine website for downloading. You will not want to miss this issue as Tim Wilson has sought out a great body of guest writers for this edition -- doesn't he always? -- and it will give you a window into a world of production that maybe you have never explored before. We are...

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Print is Dead? Someone better tell Bessie.
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 18, 2009 at 4:32:32 pm

I keep reading publishers bemoaning the state of the publishing world and decrying the fact that print is dying. They quote statistics that back up their suppositions and while these "facts" appear true, I have to scratch my head and wonder why they cannot seem to see the forest for all the dead trees they have proffered over the years. Why is print dying? Well, I hate to tell them, it's not -- it's their magazines and view points that are dying. There are other magazines, of which Creative COW Magazine is one example, that are doing very well and are...

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Creating print magazines in the Age of the Internet
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 22, 2008 at 10:55:05 am

It always strikes me as odd that here we are in 2008, still relying on print to communicate many of the same ideas that are found in-depth on the web. Why? Is the immediacy of the web -- along its powerful information sources like Google and (to name just two) -- simply not enough? Tim Wilson and I talk about this phenomenon from time-to-time and we think that it's one that shows why Creative COW Magazine has become so popular among its readership; a readership that grows daily and is already equal to that of many magazines that have...

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Please tell me you're reading Harry Potter
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:21:27 am

It's impossible to overstate the impact of Harry Potter on the past ten years of world bookselling. As a bookseller in the mid-80s, I never imagined numbers like this could even be possible: 8.3 million copies of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" in the first 24 hours of US sales, with another 2.7 million in the UK. In the first hour, my former peeps at Barnes & Noble alone sold 156 copies per second! Here in the world of media, we know better than anyone that there's no connection whatsoever between popularity and quality (insert snarky pop-culture reference here)....


Creative COW Magazine succeeds because it's an oddball
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 9, 2007 at 2:16:46 pm

Well, the new issue of Creative COW Magazine is at the printer and should be run shortly. Hopefully, all the work that Tim Wilson and I put into it will open up some interesting discussions and get people to open their minds to the incredible opportunity that lies in front of them. It is not often that a market shift opens up as many opportunities as that which the rapidly accelerating world of mini-media is doing. We have tried to explore this new media opportunity from many differing vantage points. This, so that readers can examine how the principles may...

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A Tale of Magazines and the Year 2007: Who'd uh thunk it?
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Feb 28, 2007 at 3:55:29 am

As we get to the finish line on the new pre-NAB issue of Creative COW Magazine, the thought hit me this morning that this is really quite an amazing ride. When we started building web-based community sites back in June of 1995, we would not have dared dream that this would be happening in 2007. Or that we'd be doing as odd a thing as building a magazine and competing against the major publishing ventures in this industry. If someone had told us the future many years ago, we would have likely laughed. It's quite a strange thing to remember the...

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