Four New Zines
For over 20 years, I have been creating and publishing zines, but for the past year I have been living in a small town in rural Arkansas, where there is no decent copy shop within 80 miles. Never-the-less, on October 12, I am planning to come out of the mountains and return to Zine Fest Houston, an event I founded, where I will debut four new zines of mostly new material. The tentative titles are:
- Ouachita Journal # 1: articles about Arkansas and essays about my experiences living, here, in Mena (located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains). This will not be a sentimental city slicker turns country boy story that romanticizes small town life. I will discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful scenery. Illustrated with photos.
- Offline Adventure Zine # 1: Offline adventure is about getting out and doing stuff in the real world, regardless of how old you are or how much money you have or any other excuse that may be holding you back. In the first issue, I will talk about a couple trips I took in my twenties -- hitchhiking to Austin in 93 and traveling to New York for the twentieth anniversary of Stonewall in 94, without enough money for a return ticket. I will also include an essay that reflects on the unexpected paths my life has taken.
- shane # 9: shane is my ongoing minicomic, now in its tenth year, with a different theme each issue. This issue will feature articles, essays and reviews around the theme of comics, superheroes and gender studies. In one essay, I will talk about the online Gender Through Comic Books class I took this past spring, and I will also include a one-page comic I created as an assignment for that class.
- Cluttered Mind # 3: This zine is a hodgepodge of my various writing and art projects and usually includes a mix of reprints and new material. This issue will feature essays, short fiction, comics, poems, reviews, illustrations and photos that don't fit the themes of the other zines in this project including a new Flyin' Man story, a poem about the apocalypse and an essay about when I brought Allen Ginsberg to the University of Houston.
These four zines will be more personal than most of my recent work and will represent a new direction in my artistic development. Each zine will be between 24 and 40 pages and if I make my goal, I am planning to include some full color pages.
A Mena Zinsta
Being a zinester out in the middle of nowhere provides many challenges. The most obvious problem is the lack of a zine community (or even an audience), but there are also physical obstacles, such as the fact that there is no decent copy shop within 80 miles.
For me this is particularly important, because not only did I used to rely on my favorite copy shop in Houston for printing, but without owning a printer or scanner, it was also a place to do the necessary prep work such as printing out text pages, reducing & enlarging art, and printing up the master copy.
If this project is fully funded, I intend to solve these problems by purchasing the complete set up to produce my zine entirely at home. This will include a printer/ scanner/ copier combo, a booklet stapler, a cutting board, ink, paper and more. As an added bonus, the printer I have chosen does full color, and I intend to take advantage of this in my zine design. By helping me obtain this equipment, you will not only be helping fund these four zines, but you will also help make my future projects possible.
The budget is as follows
- $150 Printer
- $75 Ink
- $60 Paper - including cover stock
- $40 Saddle Stapler
- $35 Paper Trimmer
- $25 Miscellaneous Expense - staples, glue, etc.
- $80 Estimated Postage - for mailing rewards
- $50 Indiegogo Fees
- $35 Pay-Pal Fees
- $200 Travel to Houston for Zine Fest
In the event I do not make my entire funding goal, I will use the money I do raise to either go out of town to print my zine or stay a few extra days in Houston during the week before Zine Fest to work on printing, but every effort will be made to get all four zines out in time for Zine Fest Houston, but even the worst case scenario would not result in more than a slight delay for completion of the zines and fulfillment of rewards.
On the other hand, if I raise more money than is necessary, I will put the extra funds toward travelling to other small press shows (such as STAPLE! in Austin), bringing some of my minicomics back into print with deluxe editions or printing future zines. I will also offer additional premiums if I reach certain milestones over my goal (see Stretch Goal Rewards below).
As an incentive for contributing at various levels, I am offering copies of the zines themselves, credits inside the zines or on the back cover, back issues of my previous zines and comics, copies of upcoming publications, art and photo prints and even my services as an unconventional tour guide. Early pickup of zines can be arranged during Zine Fest.
Stretch Goal Rewards
In addition to the regular premiums I have listed, helping me reach the following milestones will also result in additional rewards:
- If I make $250 over my goal, I will produce a series of postcards based on my photos and art, and everyone who contributed at the $30 level or higher will receive a set of one dozen cards to be mailed by March 2014.
- If I make $500 above my goal, I will compile a Best of "shane" 10th anniversary special which will include select reprints from back issues of "shane" plus excerpts from my sketchbooks and other side projects from the past 10 years. If this goal is met, A special signed and numbered edition, with a variant cover, will be mailed out by May 14 to everyone who contributed at the $50 level or higher (in addition to the postcards).
- If I double my goal and make a total of $1500 or more, I will combine photos of Houston with my art to create a very special full-color 10th Anniversary edition of my Walkin' Man comic to be mailed out by November 2014 to everyone who contributed at the $75 level or higher (in addition to the postcards and anthology).
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute, that's okay. I understand. But you can still help:
- Let your friends know about this campaign and encourage them to contribute.
- Use Indiegogo's sharing tools to post about this project on Twitter or Facebook.
- Come to Zine Fest and stop by my table. Bring friends if you can.
- Help out at my table during Zine Fest for an hour or two. In exchange, I will offer a $15 merchandise credit per hour. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this offer.
- Buy some of zines or art in the future when you have the resources.
Thank you in advance.