First off, thanks to everyone who earlier pledged to the Kickstarter project. Y'all are our favorites. The project didn't fund, but we kept hustling and found a way to get Rocky Top Tennessee back onto the newsstands this year after a one-year hiatus. The price is also back down to the original of $12.99 rather than last year's $19.99.
Those pictures up there are the proofs I received from the printer yesterday and sent back to them today. I've never actually gotten an uncut proof, and it sorta freaked me out. While the idea of putting a billboard-sized compilation of oddly-ordered pages on the shelves is novel, I'm guessing it doesn't work too well.
Anyway, the annual goes to press Monday and should be on the shelves all over the major cities in East Tennessee mid-July. We'll make it available for pre-order in a couple of weeks, but for right now, you may be wondering whether you should wait and why you shouldn't just go ahead and get one of those other publications. We'll just give you the info and let you decide for yourselves:
|Rocky Top Tennessee||Lindy's||Athlon||Football Time|
|Pages with ads||0||22||24||55.5|
|Actual pages of content||112||210||192||72.5|
|Remaining Pages of Non-Vols Content||0||209||186||2|
|Pages of Actual Vols Content||112||1||6||70.5|
|% of stuff you care about||100.00%||0.43%||2.78%||55.08%|
We won't be publishing any significant portion of the content of the magazine here -- it will only be available in the magazine -- but we will leave you with an image of the back cover.