(Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the February 2006 issue of GameCola, back when GameCola was published in a monthly online magazine format.)
College Park, MD 20740
February 4, 2006
On a whim comprised of boredom with a dash of purpose, I was leafing through GameCola files that have been on my computer since, roughly speaking, the Paleozoic era.
During this whim, I discovered…
…a celebratory image from not too long ago…
(This banner came about because GameCola was the number three listing under Google searches for “knob polisher.” We’ve since moved up to number two, baby.)
…a whole series of Paint Shop Pro inspired images, such as this gem…
…and this gem…
… a few old staff members…
…a few logos that never quite got used…
…some merchandise that never quite got made…
…this lovely shot of the original GameCola staff…
(From left to right, top to bottom: Christina Dickson, Nick Ferry, Neal Iannone, Matt Gardner, Doug O’Neil, Paul Franzen, and Lianna Gaugan)
(It’s a shame we’d never be able to pull anything like this off again, as our current staff doesn’t even all live in the same country, let alone the same state and practically the same town.)
…and finally, Mr. Face, who was GameCola’s mascot for nearly ten minutes.
Looking through these images should, hopefully, give you an impression about the general graphical stylings of one Paul Franzen and the people he can connive into drawing for him.
There’s one last image that should give you this impression, and that is this:
Yes: The GameCola main logo.
We’ve been using this graphic as our logo for nearly four years now, and, quite frankly, it’s time for a change. It’s been time for a change for nearly four years, actually, as this logo is only slightly more eye-pleasing than Goatse.
(Don’t look that up if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)
Help us out, o’ faithful readers! We obviously can’t do this alone, unless you really want me to just superimpose our current logo onto the Jolly Roger. We need you to design a new logo for GameCola!
What we’re more-or-less looking for is the word “GameCola” all dolled-up and pretty-like, pleasing enough to head our fair newsletter for years to come. Send all logo submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and as soon as I find one I’m in love with I’ll run with it!
Wait! Don’t stop reading yet! There’s something in it for you, too.
You’ll be the proud owner of the very first t-shirt with our brand new logo! I’ll have it printed and shipped to you free of charge, and I sure can’t think of anything more wonderful than that.
Happy logo-making, my dear readers!
editor in chief