The action packed third issue of The Lover is being printed right now, and guess what:
It will ship early October.
As of today, downloads can be purchased no matter where you live.
(For a while, downloads were disabled for EU customers, due to EU’s silly tax laws. But many readers complained about this, and I totally understand you. Sorry!)
It was time to change the plumage of this website a bit. The new style is lighter and inspired by so called material design.
I’ve also consolidated all my projects to converge at this classic website, the original Destroyerjournal.com from 2006, instead of registering new domains for each and every project of mine. So you might find something you didn’t know about in the navigation bar (which will probably be restructured as I add more items).
There will be other news soon.
PS: Did you know that Kagee, the payment provider that ousted Destroyer for moral reasons back in 2007 or so, filed for bankruptcy last month? Oops.
Update September 2016: Downloads are now open for all customers again!
New rules for digital goods at Cmykrush, because it’s not worth it to pay VAT in each and every EU country:
Considering the type of business we run, with many products being downloads that cost under 10 euro, and with quite few orders at that, we decided to stop selling downloads to EU customers altogether. Summary: You will not be able to check out with an EU address if you’re buying downloads. People with non-EU addresses are not affected (there is no VAT outside the EU).
Just a short notice to let you know that I’ve discontinued the monthly membership called Friend. It just didn’t work:
This is all ok, and all was partly expected. But it’s not worth it for me to continue tweaking the Friend subscription to make it work better.
If you are a Friend – thanks for signing up! Your membership will continue running until the end of the period you paid for. (Log in to see your details.) Then it will be cancelled and your card will not be charged again.
the next issue of The Lover is under way. The reader letters are an important part of it; they show that we are a community, spread across the globe, with similar interests and living conditions.
I especially appreciate comments on the articles in The Lover, but you are welcome to write about anything, preferably short.
The Lover 01 and 02 are available as downloads in the shop (just scroll down to The Lover).
Enjoy the weekend!
For a while now, I’ve been working on a Destroyer Calendar. No, not the old Advent Calendar I used to run in December, but an annual calendar with annual dates of importance to the Destroyer reader. Such as:
Each entry will come with a short text describing this historical event. The result will be a little book or booklet where there will be something to remember every single day of the year.
This is an attempt to build a culture. By possessing the Destroyer Calendar, you will share the remembrance of these events with other readers around the world!
For example, when you wake up on the 11th of October, you will be able to read about the German youth movement’s first big meeting at the Hoher Meißner on that very date in 1913 – and its relevance to our own movement.
The Destroyer Calendar will be available in print, as a download, and as a Google calendar which you can easily subscribe to.
Feel free to suggest dates to the Destroyer Calendar. Send an email to editor at destroyerjournal.com with the subject “Calendar”. Avoid the obvious dates; all birth and death dates of authors are already covered. Otherwise, the scope can be pretty wide and pretty detailed (no event too small to not have a date!) – I look forward to your suggestions!
Breaking Boy News proudly presents the Tama-boy-chi.
Tama-boy-chi is your very own pocket-sized digital boy!
Your task is to give the boy everything he needs to grow up healthy: Food, play, exercise and more. If you don’t take care of your boy the right way, he will protest – and ultimately leave you! Are you up for the challenge?
Breaking Boy News has developed the Tama-boy-chi together with Japanese designers Akihiro Yokoi and Aki Maita, who created the original Tamagotchi, first released by Bandai in 1996. In that game, the user had to keep a pet alive.
“A boy can be much more demanding than a pet”, says Yuuki Watanabe, editor at Breaking Boy News.
“I’m sure the Tama-boy-chi will get a devoted following around the world”, he adds.
There are only 100 Tama-boy-chi – order yours here before they sell out.
Note: This was a repost from the discontinued BBN blog, 1 april 2014.
Just one more shopping tip (not by me):
I’m very happy to reveal that I have signed a deal with Bonnier Tidskrifter, Sweden’s largest magazine publisher. In short, Bonnier Tidskrifter has bought the rights to all my publishing, including the full back catalogue of Destroyer, Breaking Boy News, and other magazines.
“We have followed Karl’s esoteric publishing for a while now. He operates in a niche which we currently lack in our product catalogue”, CEO L.D. Ahmén commented to Swedish media.
For me, this is a way to go back to my roots in the heart of Swedish magazine making. L.D. used to be my boss already when I worked at IDG more than ten years ago.
So what does this mean for my publishing? Well, a couple of new titles are planned, which will have nationwide distribution thanks to Bonnier’s monopoly position in the Swedish magazine distribution system Tidsam. The first title is 100% TOP!, a cute boy magazine directed towards the younger generation:
Second, Bonnier Tidskrifter wants me to tweak BBN to adapt more to their core market of older women. Breaking Lady News will premiere later this year as a permanent supplement to women’s magazine Amelia.
“Karl has inspired us to test the limits of what our readers, mostly retired women, can take. We have had BLN in the planning for some time, but it was not possible for us to pull it off without Karl’s competence in creating a unique tabloid experience”, editor in chief Amelia Adamo commented.
Another area that will benefit from this deal is the lingering comics department of Bonnier Tidskrifter. The company discontinued their comic imprint Semic in the 1980s after a boy sex scandal in the story line of Mystiska 2:an. You can read the full story of this in Destroyer 10:
Now, Bonnier Tidskrifter wants to rectify this unfortunate decision, which they acknowledge was based on homophobia. Concretely, they want me to scour doujinshi events in Japan in the search for underground shotacon titles suitable for mainstream distribution.
“Let’s give Sweden boy sex!” a spokesman exclaimed at the press conference in Stockholm this morning, to the joy of the journalists.
On a personal level, this deal means I’m moving back to Stockholm. An apartment in Vasastan has been prepared for me, and Bonnier Tidskrifter will also pay for a membership at the gym chain Sats. I can’t wait.