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FANGORIA wins Rondo Award for “Best Themed Issue”!

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FANGORIA has been named the winner of the Best Themed Issue Rondo Hatton Award for Fango #328, focusing on the legendary Roger Corman and his approach to directing. Corman’s wife, muse and business partner Julie was also featured in the magazine, discussing her lengthy career as a producer, and photographer Ama Lea handled the creative original images for the cover, inside features and pull-out centerfold poster.

The winners of the 2014 Rondo Hatton Awards were announced late last night, and outside of our win, FANGORIA was also a runner-up for Best Magazine, Best Interview and Best Column. This marks the second time Fango has taken the “Best Themed Issue” award, the previous gold (or, in this case, plaster bust of late actor Rondo Hatton) garnered for our mammoth issue #300.

RONDOAWARD14WINNEWSAs the editor of FANGORIA and the writer of those cover stories, I am ecstatic about the win. This issue—our Halloween special—was very important to me, and the insight both Cormans offered into both their commerce and their art is invaluable to every generation involved in or thinking about getting involved in cinema. When we told Roger and Julie about the win, they were pleased. “FANGORIA has always been our idea of a dream magazine,” they wrote us this morning.

Photographer Lea was even more thrilled, as this marks her second year providing creative photography for our Halloween-issue covers and posters. Lea also has a regular photo feature in GOREZONE spotlighting genre stars in various states of dress and undress. “I am ecstatic about our win in the 14th annual Rondo Awards!” she says. “Thank you to my wonderful editor Chris Alexander for having faith and trust in me creatively, to Mr. Corman for being so wonderful and sitting for this portrait, John Humphrey for assisting, Chris Jimenez, Graham Denman, Gabby Grave, Robert Phelps, Christina Villa and Andrea Wiersma for their hard work on the poster inside the issue and a huge thank-you to everyone who voted for us and the readers of FANGORIA. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible!”

While we are aware that winning an award of any kind shouldn’t define one’s success, the idea of the Rondos is fun and exciting, an acknowledgement for the hard work all of us do making a living discussing and celebrating weird cinema and darker entertainments. And in the realm of print, in a landscape where the medium is becoming increasingly obsolete, it’s beyond inspiring to know that people are indeed reading and enjoying the fruits of our labors.

Cheers to all the winners, and here’s to the Rondos! See you next year.

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Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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