CGR Publishing News

Update September 14, 2022

Merry almost October! We have an exciting album release schedule in the works for late 2022 including new albums from Turbo Volcano, Omega Ronin, and a new act, Robot Kitten Factory.

The upcoming Turbo Volcano is titled No Champagne in the Volcano Room. It's future funk and experimental mayhem.

The upcoming Robot Kitten Factory is titled Every Dimension. It's EDM, dance, and electronica.

More news coming soon.

Update September 4, 2022

Everyone get your 1980s clothes and sunglasses ready, because Omega Ronin's 5th album, Syntax Rhythm, drops tomorrow!

Omega Ronin creator, Mark Bussler, says "This album sounds BIG. That was the goal. To keep the smooth synthwave jams flowing, but to dramatically increase the overall presence of the music. I tried a few new tricks in the production process to drown the listener in waves of glorious 1980s-style synthesizers. You'll be racing to the scene of the crime in your Testarossa in stereo while pounding drums and roaring synths beat up the bad guys for you. That doesn't make any sense at all, but you get the idea..."

Omega Ronin's 6th album is in production.

Turbo Volcano's 6th album is in production.

CGR Publishing / Turbo Volcano / Omega Ronin studio expansion is in progress. "I took the stuff that was going to be used for podcasting and re-tooled the new video production studio into a bigger multi-track recording studio for 2023. We're looking at producing upwards of 100 new albums for '23 in a variety of genres. I'm hoping that we'll do some kind of a video component for the website at least, we'll see. Right now, the focus is on workflow and sound quality. There's going to be a little something for everyone coming up."

"It's also a ton of fun, and that shows up in the music. With all [internet] video being shot on phones these days, creatively, it has really tied my hands. There's no need for editing on TikTok. I discovered that my love for video editing is better served in sound. It's basically the same thing, but with more of a global reach. There's way more going on than I can list here. It's a lot of fun to get behind a mixing board again and stare at waveforms." says Bussler.

CGR Publishing-produced albums are available on all streaming services including Apple, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Deezer.

The CGR Podcast concluded with the recent episode 30. "Thanks for listening. Podcasting seems to be more of a collaborative thing these days, and I'm totally absorbed in producing right now."

CGR Publishing scratch & dent items are going up for sale on ebay in their own category. If you've been looking at a book and want to save big, and don't mind a slight bend in the cover or a dent in the spine, check out CGR Publishing | eBay Stores

 

Update August 18, 2022

We released: Old Time Kitchen Volume 1: Meats, Vegetables, and More Antique Recipes

We released: 1889 Paris World's Fair: The Exposition Universelle in Illustrations Volume 1

Turbo Volcano releases Ride the Lava on August 22!

Omega Ronin's 5th album is in production.

All Turbo Volcano albums are now available for high-quality MP3 download. Own your favorite songs forever!

All Turbo Volcano and Omega Ronin albums are being uploaded to YouTube for listening in video and audio format.

The Turbo Volcano video series is in production.

Update July 17, 2022

We are preparing to roll out a few new books and HUNDREDS of new clothing designs over the next few months. Writer Mark Bussler is completing books on antique cooking and the Paris World's Fair of 1889.  Updates will hit the front page as we get them.

Mark is charging full-speed ahead on a variety of new clothing and product designs. "We're working with a few new brands in 2022 to create designs based on birds, butterflies, monsters, old logos, and more. These products will be available on Amazon.com globally. You'll also find them on Ebay, Etsy, and soon, our other outlets."

Turbo Volcano's next full-length album is in development. Creator, Bussler says "The next album is big, ambitious, and very interesting. Turbo Volcano is an experimental project, at least in respect to the album releases, so expect it to be a fun listen and pretty out there." A new and refreshed website is coming soon to better highlight the music and Turbo Volcano brand clothing designs.

Bussler is in the newly completed studio working on hundreds of upcoming product commercials, many of which will feature existing and new Turbo Volcano songs.

New Omega Ronin, Old Time Kitchen, and Seatropica songs are also in the works. "The fifth Omega Ronin album should be out by end of summer. The team is in the development phase of an all-new website for it."

The CGR Podcast featuring Turbo Volcano will conclude with the upcoming episode 30 and get rebranded as a cooking podcast moving forward. Bussler says, "The podcast recording has been good fun, but I'm pretty sure nobody wants to hear me talk techie stuff about drum machines and fountain pens every week. I think it'll be better if it focuses on one thing and delivers practical information, so I'm retooling it and rebranding it as a cooking podcast based on my upcoming book series. So, basically the same thing, but with something useful."

Our upcoming new video series are slowly entering the production phase in the new CGR studio space. Look for bits and pieces as they emerge.

Lots more coming soon, including some sales on b-stock items and new product bundles.

 

Update April 15, 2022

How about an update already!?

Lots going on at CGR Publishing in 2022. We released several new books on subjects ranging from antique cars, trolleys, cat postcards, drawing instruction, and more! Check out our newest releases on the front page. There are many more in the works.

Two new video series are in development. Mark Bussler is producing a new drawing instruction series for TikTok that can be viewed on the @TurboVolcano channel.

CGR Publishing expands into music publishing with the release of three new albums that can be heard on Spotify, Amazon, Apple, YouTube Music, Pandora, and other music streaming services. See the newest releases on the front page and in the music section of the website as we develop it.

Thank you!

January 7, 2022

Good morning from space! Big news week here at CGR.

Mark joins the new Toaplan film in production as English narrator for All Your Base Are Belong to Toaplan. Produced and directed by Joseph Pierce, edited by Shmup Junkie, and featuring the creators of Truxton, Fire Shark, Hellfire, and more --- You can see trailers and back the blu-rays and digital downloads on Kickstarter.

Watch the video version of the CGR Podcast #8 right here on CGR.

In other news, the first 80s Comics review filmed in Future Year 1982 just went live. Mark is working in the new Intergalactic Space Arcade and bringing some inane comic book reviews into space with him. 80s Comics is a website exclusive. Watch it ad-free at 80sComics.com

The Turbo Volcano sound starts to emerge as new keyboards and synthesizers are hooked up to the Intergalactic Space Arcade. You can hear clips of music and experimental tracks in CGR Podcasts, 80s Comics, and Turbo Volcano videos. See more as it emerges at TurboVolcano.com

Bussler continues to wrap up the latest issues of Robot Kitten Factory, Ethel the Cyborg Ninja, Retromegatrex, and his new Paris World's Fair books. More on those as they release in 2022 (aka Future Year 1982.) He is also working on a cookbook series. 1982 is going to be the best year ever!

The CGR Podcast is off to a great start. We just upgraded recording equipment for Episode 9. We're making stickers and flyers for website and ebay orders! Get ready to stick a Turbo Volcano sticker somewhere where it needs to be stuck.

Update December 18, 2021

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all the joyous good tidings from your friends at CGR. Lots going on here. LOTS.

We started a weekly Podcast. You can now listen to Mark ramble on incoherently about projects, art, Star Wars, and the upcoming Operation Turbo Volcano. What is Operation Turbo Volcano? The first rule of Operation Turbo Volcano is not to talk about Operation Turbo Volcano.

We'll number the news items since they're all big.

  1. We're expanding our operations in 2022 to provide wider product and warehouse coverage for Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Etsy, and more. We understand there was some difficulty in getting our hardcovers in 2021, and we'll be fixing that like ED-209 fixes parking violations.
  2. The new CGR Publishing Studio is under construction for expanded marketing efforts and product videos. Along with that comes some other fun things like a place to finally set up all of our arcade games. Pac-Man anyone?
  3. Operation Turbo Volcano is a thing. It's an enigmatic thing, but a thing nonetheless. You'll be hearing and seeing more about Turbo Volcano here and on the soon to be revised Turbo Volcano website. (this does not affect the clothing brand at all. Our shirts and hoodies will continue to be sold through Amazon under the Turbo Volcano brand.) You will soon be able to listen to Turbo Volcano while wearing Turbo Volcano while shouting Turbo Volcano from within a Turbo Volcano.
  4. The CGR Podcast featuring Turbo Volcano is running weekly. Mark is enjoying getting back into audio recording and music. Upcoming podcast topics include 80s Comics, Star Wars & Star Trek, Turbo Volcano sonic soothing sounds from space, and more.
  5. 80s Comics videos are likely to return. Bussler is looking at making a weekly 80s Comics professionally produced review show in the new studio because it's awesome and his 80s Comics review guide books will launch in 2022. This is planned to be an 80s Comics / CGR website exclusive via our Vimeo channel in 4K.
  6. Turbo Volcano launches on TikTok. Yes, we're also confused. Look for short music clips and random arcade game footage. @TurboVolcano
  7. Our marketing team is starting to work out a new social media plan for 2022. You may see more posts on Twitter via @TurboVolcano and @80sComics and @ClassicGameRoom we're still working it out. We own those accounts, so the info posted on them is authentic.
  8. There are no plans to resume the Classic Game Room show on YouTube. Please enjoy the existing videos and the collections. According to Mark, "It was fun at the time. Sadly, I don't have time to learn new games and record footage anymore, nor do I have any interest in live streaming or reaction videos. However, you will likely see some new CGR content here based on the archival collection. I'm building the new studio with a variety of photo staging locations including the Intergalactic Space Arcade. Look for some old friends like the R-Zone, Neo-Geo CD, Atari 2600, TI-99, MSX, Vectrex, arcade games, and more. I wouldn't rule out some arcade and pinball reviews in the future, but nothing concrete is planned. I'm no longer producing films or documentaries, but since the gear is here again... well, we'll see. Watch the CGR Studio page and listen to the podcast for updates."
  9. Follow Turbo Volcano on Soundcloud here Stream Turbo Volcano music | Listen to songs, albums, playlists for free on SoundCloud - it will likely be a few months off before you hear finished content, but sub up and great ready for a time-traveling space warp through 1982.
  10. Follow CGR Publishing on Etsy for original art. Not only we will be selling our art guides and classic art books on Etsy, but Mark will also be posting some original pen and ink drawings and watercolors based on a variety of subjects.
  11. We have discontinued international shipping outside of the U.S. from this website. If you want one of the DVDs or Laser Sets, please buy them from our Ebay store who will coordinate the international shipping. We would like to direct our international book shoppers to Amazon who can coordinate international shipping.
  12. We will restock our in-house inventory for domestic shipping in 2022. Please follow our newsletter to learn about coupons and any upcoming specials.
  13. Our Centipede machine has a dirty trak-ball. Mark needs to fix it.
  14. If Mark Bussler doesn't electrocute himself while fixing Centipede (though that would be a funny TikTok), he will be releasing a large assortment of books in 2022. This list will likely change a bit (it always does), but readers can look forward to sets of books on the 1889 Paris World's Fair and 1900 Paris World's Fair, a book on trolleys and cable cars, classic cars, and an antique road trip, the 80s Comics series, Ethel the Cyborg Ninja 3 and the Ethel hardcover trilogy, Robot Kitten Factory 3 and the 1st trilogy, How to Draw Men's Eyes Inspired by Classic Illustrations, How to Draw Hands Inspired by Classic Illustrations, a 10-volume set on 19th-century Locomotive engineering, Omega Ronin, and a super-retro antique cookbook series (with possible video series!?) Who wants to see Mark drink egg wine and light himself on fire while making ox brain aspic?

 

Update November 11, 2021

Supply line issues slow hardcover printing. Order early for Christmas!

We recently released hardcover special edition versions of most of our biggest books - but of course, they've run right into supply line issues that affect the raw materials used to construct them. Hardcovers are still being printed but the lead-time is about 2-3 weeks. Order your hardcovers from Amazon now and you should receive them with time to spare.

Mark Bussler releases The Art of Ferdinand von Reznicek Volume 1!

Bussler (our president, lead cover designer, and sommelier) brings it back from the 1890s with a stunning, full-color collection of prints, paintings, and illustrations from Austrian artist, Ferdinand von Reznicek. If you like outrageous drawings of dancing, parties, and drunken late nights in 1899, then you'll love this book. Reznicek was a famous contributor to many German magazines in the late 19th-century, and went on some fame, but died young and sadly failed to reach his full potential. Enjoy this hilarious look at the work of a talented painter and illustrator with translated captions from his contemporary German collections. Softcover and Hardcover available from Amazon.com

The Art of Ferdinand von Reznicek Volume 1

Bussler releases How to Draw Womens' Eyes: Inspired by Classic Illustrations Volume 1

Not one to sit still for very long, Bussler also releases the first part of a drawing instruction series based on classic illustrations from the 1800s. Borrow the models from the best illustrators in France from 1890 and learn how to draw eyes from ultra-high-resolution scans. This entertaining series re-imagines drawing instruction and provides ample contemporary engravings for inspiration.

How to Draw Womens' Eyes: Inspired by Classic Illustrations Volume 1

New scrapbooking books and oversized prints for framing:

Kayleel released a series of new scrapbooking and framing print books on Amazon with enlarged, oversized images from the CGR Publishing archives. These are great for framing, decoupage, and scrapbooking. Check out the complete collection!

Oversized Vintage Images Volume 1: Premium Antique Ephemera for Scrapbooking and Crafts

Oversized Images of Christmas Volume 1: Premium Vintage Ephemera for Scrapbooking and Crafts

Oversized Images of Christmas Volume 2: Premium Vintage Ephemera for Scrapbooking and Crafts

Oversized Images of Christmas Volume 3: Premium Vintage Ephemera for Scrapbooking and Crafts

Oversized Images of Christmas Volume 4: Premium Vintage Ephemera for Scrapbooking and Crafts

Oversized Images of France Volume 1: Premium Vintage Ephemera for Scrapbooking and Crafts

Geisha Japanese Art Coloring Book for Adults Volume 2 is out!!

Carmen Lafayette drops the second volume of Geisha coloring. The series has been well-received (because it's awesome) and issue 2 is even better than the first one. Don't miss it!

Geisha Japanese Art Coloring Book for Adults Volume 2

 

Update October 1, 2021

We've been busy! Big new releases over the past few weeks include:

Geisha Japanese Art Coloring Book for Adults Volume 1
101 Trains on Stamps Volume 1: The Art of Locomotives on Postage Stamps
Robot Kitten Factory #2

We're working with several talented writers and artists on new projects on a variety of subjects with release dates planned before the end of 2021. Stop back often and see what's new from CGR Publishing!

Update August 20, 2021

Good news everyone! We're nearing the release season and you can expect loads of books soon from our in-house comic book workshop and the history department. Stuff coming in November:

Upcoming Mark Bussler releases:
Ethel the Cyborg Ninja 3
Ethel the Cyborg Ninja Trilogy 1 Hardcover Special Edition
Classic Game Room - Farewell and Thanks for the Laser Bathysphere #1
Robot Kitten Factory 2 (August/September)
Robot Kitten Factory 3
Robot Kitten Factory Trilogy 1 Hardcover Special Edition
Retromegatrex 2: The Art of Mark Bussler 2018-2021 Hardcover and Softcover and DIgital
Retromegatrex 1: The Lost Art of Mark Bussler 1995-2017 Hardcover Special Edition
Omega Ronin #1
Magnum Skywolf #2 (early 2022)
The Art of Ferdinand Von Reznicek Hardcover and Softcover
[Untitled] Paris Exposition 1889 Two-Volume Hardcover and Softcover Set

Bussler recently released a gorgeous new book called: 1915 San Francisco World's Fair in Color: Grandeur of the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Hardcover and softcover editions (digital soon.)

The newsletter will resume shortly. We revamped the entire marketing program in 2021. We are no longer using social media or responding to questions on any external platform. If you have a question, contact us here. A new team may take over the program in 2022.

The Turbo Volcano website is in development. We are slowly adding our thousands of product designs and finally combining them all in one place. Check it out! www.TurboVolcano.com

Update July 6, 2021

Trees of California: Restored Enlarged Retro Special Edition is now available in Paperback and Hardcover!

Retromegatrex 2, Omega Ronin, and Magnum Skywolf #2 are in development. Dates TBD. Subscribe to the CGR Publishing newsletter for release updates!

Update June 8, 2021

Good day! Here's some goings-ons for summer 2021, lots of stuff happening.

Website news returns! We decided to discontinue most of our social media channels. CGR Publishing will post official news and updates here and via the newsletter.

Mark Bussler has permanently retired from filmmaking, video, journalism, commentary, editing, and narrating. His focus is on other projects, he not available for editing or narrating jobs. You can find his catalog of videos in the digital and physical video section of the website. His upcoming books, the Robot Kitten Factory project, and Turbo Volcano design work will be announced here as he releases them.

Our Turbo Volcano team and sister website will be finishing up their release project over the next several months and (finally) compiling and cataloging the thousands of products scattered over our distributors' channels. Thank you for your patience! Been a crazy year 🙂

Hardcover Premium Editions

Most of our book catalog is now available in deluxe hardcover editions as well as paperback and Kindle. You can now find them on Amazon and Ebay. We will be adding hardcovers to the site in the coming weeks. Subscribe to our newsletter for some maybe super-secret coupons!

Bundle Deals arrive on the website!

Our popular bundle deals from Ebay are now available on the website. You can see the category here.

Shakespears Joins CGR

We got our hands on one of the rarest and best-illustrated collections of Shakespeare's work. CGR is releasing a three-volume Shakespeare collection in hardcover and softcover this summer. Stay tuned.

1915 World's Fair Coming Soon

Bussler is wrapping up work on his upcoming 1915 San Francisco World's Fair book in color. Soon to be available in softcover, hardcover, and Kindle.

Robot Kitten Factory Trilogy Hardcover

Mark is finishing up the second two issues of Robot Kitten Factory retro-styled manga. They will be available as floppies and combined into an enlarged hardcover special edition. Signed copies of the hardcover will be available for pre-order soon.

Ethel the Cyborg Ninja Trilogy Hardcover

Mark is also wrapping up the third installment of Ethel the Cyborg Ninja which will be available as a floppy this summer. The first part of the trilogy will also be enlarged, combined, and released as a special edition hardcover this year. Signed copies will be available for pre-order soon.

 

 

Update June 16, 2020

CGR Publishing surpasses 150 published book titles. We have expanded our distribution!

You can now order CGR Publishing books directly from this website (the website you are currently on!) We'll soon be offering some coupons to subscribers and can even offer signed copies of some books.