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The Story of INFLUX Magazine


INFLUX Magazine, often stylized as 1NFLUX Magazine, first launched in the year 1997. It was created by publisher Brian Barsuglia. Originally, it was an online e-zine, only publishing periodic reviews and entertainment industry news. Really, it was a blog before there were blogs!

Influx 2001

INFLUX as it looked in print in 2001 with Paul Frank on the cover.

However, in the year 2000, Barsuglia partnered with fellow writer and film critic, Kevin Brent. Together the two created a full-color, freely distributed, glossy entertainment magazine which was distributed in Orange County, Los Angeles County and even into San Diego County.

In its early days, the magazine was known for giving exposure to emerging artists (including Nelly Furtado, the Black Eyed Peas, Paul Frank and others).

By the end of 2002, Barsuglia was working as an editor at another magazine and Brent had taken over publishing duties for INFLUX. And, sometime in 2003, INFLUX Magazine published its final print issue.

For the next few years, INFLUX maintained its presence online and retained only a handful of contributors. By 2006, Brent had moved on and Barsuglia resumed publishing duties.  The magazine experienced a bit of a revival in 2006, which continued for the next few years.

However, in 2013, Barsuglia took on the task of completely rebuilding INFLUX, re-branding its image, and launching it in a powerful new direction.

Since its relaunch in May 2013, INFLUX Magazine writers have contributed thousands of articles, interviewed A-list celebrities, and become a mainstay in entertainment media and the publication is closing in on 5 million unique visitors and its YouTube channel isn't far behind, also nearing the 5 million views mark. Not too bad for a publication made entirely of a volunteer staff!

The 2013 revival owes a thanks to many fantastic contributors and INFLUX Magazine hopes to be a fun and entertaining source of entertainment for years to come.  (updated 01/02/2017)

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Nav Qateel, Publisher/Managing Editor 

Nav Qateel, Managing Editor Nav Qateel, Managing Editor/Film Criticism/Journalism

As well as working in film distribution for a number of years, plus editing several low-budget documentaries, Nav's been a movie buff for almost thirty-five years, with a background in graphic design and 3D animation. His beautiful teenage daughter Sam, also shares his passion for film. His favorite actors are Robert De Niro, Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda Swinton. Fave directors are Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood and Hayao Miyazaki. He enjoys old school anime and Asian horror, particularly Japanese. Nav's unusual name comes from his award-winning grandfather Qateel Shifai

Find Nav on:Twitter, Facebook & IMDb


Steve Pulaski, Lead Film Critic

Steve Pulaski is author of over one-thousand reviews. He got his start on the Internet in May 2008 when he created a Youtube account to upload many of his short films and eventually usher in a fanbase with his Internet-shows, Front Row Steve and Blog on Cam in 2010. In August 2009, he finally created his own website, and later began publishing his own written reviews on film and lengthy blog posts on the film industry, media, pop culture, and politics. Steve is studying journalism and business, and in his journey as a film critic he hopes to usher in an even larger audience.

Check out Steve's website here.

Ed Blackadder, TV Criticism

Bethany Rose, Film Critic / Lead Entertainment Writer

Bethany Rose, Film Critic / Lead Entertainment Writer Bethany Rose, Film Critic / Lead Entertainment Writer

Bethany Rose has loved films her whole life. Her first memory of the cinema is going to see A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, and sitting on her sister's lap so she could see over the seat. Ever since then she has been devouring films, especially horror films. When she's not watching, or writing/talking/reading about movies, she is teaching English (but always including a film or two as part of the curriculum, of course). In 2010 she started an Oscar watchlist and has currently seen all Best Picture winners and nearly every Best Picture nominee. She still thinks horror films are the best, particularly those from the 1970s and '80s.

Martin Hafer, Blogger / Film Criticism

Martin Hafer, Blogger/Film Criticism Martin Hafer, Blogger/Film Criticism

Martin Hafer has worked in the mental health field as a social worker and psychotherapist. However, after a second incident occurred where he was nearly killed by a client, he decided to do something less risky and taught high school and middle school. This included teaching classes in psychology, American history, World History, Economics and Government. However, at age 45, he was fortunate to be able to retire.

Martin is known to some as 'that strange guy who can't stop writing reviews on IMDb'. As of November 2014, using his alias 'planktonrules,' he has reviewed an unrivaled 17000+ films for the site--making him an incredibly obsessive-compulsive man with far too much time on his hands. However, despite outward appearances, he does enjoy a very full life in sunny Florida and does more than just sit in front of the television and review films. He enjoys fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, cooking, travel as well as boring people about his extensive knowledge of classic Hollywood films. He is the father of two great daughters and is married an internationally best-selling writer, Karen Rose.

For Martin's blog or to read his IMDb reviews, click on the links below.

Special Contributors

Robert Pagán, Film Critic

Armin Callo, Theater and Arts Critic

Rob Rector, Film Critic

Gordon Shelly, Lead Entertainment Writer

C. Rachel Katz, Film Critic

Randy Krinsky, Film Critic


Past Contributors
Influx Magazine has had many contributors over the years.  The website is not a complete archive and the list here primarily focuses on active contributors.  If you are looking for an article from a past contributor, you can type their name in the "search" field, or you can contact us here to inquire.  Thank you.


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