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The Brentford Mercury

History Lesson

A brief guide to the first ten issues

by James Shields


Issue one

October 1993

Sproutlore is launched at Octoconí93 in a flurry of media attention. President Reagan and the Pope send their congratulations. The Beatles briefly reform to appear at the press conference. The Brentford Mercury features an intorduction by Robert Rankin, original short fiction by Robert Rankin and Michael Carroll and an interview with Robert Rankin. The newspaper-style cover, while entertaining, didnít have the visual appeal of later issues.

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