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A few months back, I was contacted by the UK edition of Forum (and yes, that's Forum as in Penthouse). The author said they were doing an article on body inflation and wanted to interview me as part of it. I expected it would be a 250-word piece in the "here's a whole bunch of little articles" up-front section that most mags have. Maybe 300 words, tops. A cartoon, pinup, or illustration, with any luck, to drive the point home. They asked me for suggestions of artists and Critical Volume volunteered his services. I made the introductions, sent in my email interview, and figured I'd hear from Forum when it was published.

What we got, when they sent me a copy of Forum UK Volume 42, Issue 12, was an eight-page feature and a line on the cover.… OMG.

Most of the article is straight from the mouths of CV and me, sharing our experiences as members of the community, how we got into it, stuff like that. It's a very non-judgmental piece; it's more "look at this unusual interest" and not the "look at these sicko freaks" approach we sometimes get. Best part? Critical Volume has now officially had his artwork printed in a major publication! Mega congrats to him!

In a surprise move, the folks at Forum gave me permission to post the story online (they have a website but it's a bit out of date). This is really unusual; most magazines fight this, but I guess Forum realizes that they might be able to spread a little goodwill. (If you are in the UK, please go buy this thing! I would but couldn't find it in the States). I got a little help putting the pages together into one PDF, and just posted the downloadable story over at my blog. Take a look!
  • Mood: Pride
  • Listening to: a faint hissing noise
  • Reading: Watchmen (again)
  • Watching: the cat sleep
  • Playing: MKvsDCU
  • Eating: sourdough bread
  • Drinking: alcohol, in moderation
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dwarfpriest Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, that's awesome! Congrats to you and Critical :D
giaguaro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
that is a huge huge achievement!!! i'm proud of both of you for getting this out there. i wish i was able to buy this to support, but life deems other acts :(. thanks again for getting some inflation goodness to the masses :D
Chuckles1982 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
That is several levels of cool. Glad to see CV Getting published and glad to see an article that's actually... respectful? Is that the right word?

Closest I've seen stateside is a bit they had on G4... But, the bit was called "WTF" so, I don't think it harbors as much respect. >>;
Nero-Landale Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Wow, that's a refreshing read after the episode G4 did on us, the general gist of which went "Look at these freaks! They're so dumb they don't realize that pumping air into people could hurt them! They're so sick they're willing to commit suicide for their perversion!"
Koboldkeeper62442 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
That is one of the greatest things I've seen this week. And ever.
bstreak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
Well, *that* wins Most Even-Handed Inflationist Article Of The Century.

humbugmst3k Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
That is truly amazing and totally unexpected. I've lurked the B2E Community for over 10 years and we get the 'sicko freak' angle far too much.

Great job! Represent!!
Wallaroo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
That is a major win for you and Critical Volume!

Happy dance! :boogie:
rubberbando Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy smokes! That is freakin' awesome! :D
Big congrats to you and Critical Volume!
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