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      CommentAuthorsebfowler
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2009
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    I've got a few things I'd like to contribute for the next one. I've been doing some illustrated flash fiction which may or may not be appropriate. If you need any help with Wordpress, let me know.
    http://sebfowler.com
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    @Charlene, 2 and 4 are not the only options. I am just saying those the most frequently because the cool aspect of magazines (at least in my mind) is the designs you can do to unite a spread visually. Due to some essential aspects, like table of contents, and quick author bios (so everyone knows where to check out more of your cool stuff, even in just the 2-4 page format there will be need for one page pieces. And of course if someone has something that is perfect for a single page, would be silly of me to not include it due to it not being an even number of pages. Um... so yes, long round about one page is just fine and welcome, actually the only two finished products I have right now are one pagers, the cover and kpatrick's piece is also one page.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    Allen, I will knock something up for the next issue. Will have it in your inbox as soon as poss.
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    Okay I'm going to write a short story, and do a basic layout for it, with pictures, but if the layout doesn't seem great feel free to change it around (I don't have any decent dtp at home unfortunately)...

    PS, I don't know if anyone else is going for a theme but I thought I would do a story based around "make something".
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    I've decided to go with a 2 page spread of Twitter-length Flash Fiction, with illustrations. Submit @weaponizer!
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      CommentAuthorCharlene
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    is it full colour or black and white?
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      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    Magcloud charges the same either way so color should be optional for everyone.
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      CommentAuthorremotepush
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    i could be up for contributing. need to see what my brain spits out in the near future.
    if in doubt i might just cop out and go with the twitter fiction option...
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009 edited
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    WIll respond to everything I have missed fully later, just stopped by to point to the preview of the first cover preview of the first cover, will make the blog prettier as the week goes on, just wanted the basics running.
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      CommentAuthorCharlene
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    Hate to be negative but I'm not fond of the logo. I was thinking something more DIY-style rather than a script font would be more suitable? I think if this is going to be done, we should make it as pro looking as possible. That cover doesn't really do it for me. (sorry sorry sorry)
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    @Charlene actually that isn't the set logo. My idea is to not have a standard logo and let whoever is doing the cover adapt it as they see fit. The tree came from me describing a lot of the themes and ideology that seems to have sprung up around the Get Excited and Make Things meme and also Ariana's POD discussions (manifesto), getting out of this old decade and changing and growing as we move into the next ten years. I'm quite sure the next cover will look completely different as will the following one.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2009
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    Aw crap, did I miss the call for dibs on the first issue?
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      CommentAuthorjeffkevlar
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
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    If I've missed the boat for the first issue I have something I would like to put into the second. A short, weird comic thing I had no idea what I'd do with. It would need four pages though.
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      CommentAuthorCharlene
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009 edited
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    @Allen - do you think it's a good idea though to not have a set logo? Magazines tend to have a standard logo and for a reason... :/ I think it'd be worth having a look at some of the magazine covers already on there to get an idea of what we should be aiming for in terms of quality.
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2009
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    @jefflevlar, no problem on getting 4 pages for the second issue sir.

    @Charlene it's probably a horrid and stupid idea. But I think it works better for the idea and the experiment (currently I'm planning on doing 6 issues over the course of the year then evaluating jumping out or not come next holiday season). A standard logo is something that is very important to most magazines, but they are also things to help identify and catch the eye on newsstands where a lot of times all you can see is the logo and that's it, so when you're hunting for a new issue of a favorite magazine you hunt for the familiar logo. I also kind of find a set logo to not necessarily inhibit but it does deny some cover design possibilities. Which is fine with a more focused view, but with what is essentially a literary magazine that has (in the first issue alone, and this is all off the top of my head) comics, an cross hatched ink drawing, a travel journal of Japan, photographs, a short story, and poetry, I don't know exactly how to set a logo up for that. I am working hard on labeling it and promoting it, and I know a logo does assist in that. But I really don't want any cover to look like another, why? Because no issue is going to really be like another, since the variety of people contributing and what they are passionate about. Like I said, I'm sure it's a mad mad idea and will shoot me in the foot, but it's how I see it. I pretty much want the only connection from one issue to the next to be the title and the concept, for people to make cool shit and present it to the world. And wow I rambled on a bit, and I apologize if certain bits don't make sense, when I'm less tired I will do my best to clarify any other possible issues.

    Oh, and another general announcement, for anyone who is submitting, when you send the email, please include a quick bio/pimpage statement, no more then 220 characters please. Thank you.
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      CommentAuthorCharlene
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2009
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    @Allen I understand what you're saying but I will have to respectfully disagree :P You obviously have a lot of thoughts on this. I'm just wondering why you feel this particular title design of the magazine, being simply a script font, is more suitable for what's inside than having a logo? The script font says nothing about what's inside, which I think is where your argument fails. It's essentially a creative magazine, as opposed to for example a more "news" based magazine or information magazine. I think a logo could be created for that purpose without the need for changing it every issue. The quality of a cover can say a lot about the quality of what's inside. Currently, I wouldn't look at that cover and then decide to buy the magazine because to be honest it looks like it was thrown together in 10 minutes. I'll not go on about it though :P It's your call.
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2009
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    The first post has been edited to include information on editing, and other little details. But the other important thing, my marketing/PR brain bits have demanded there be a logo. It has beaten the artistic aspects to a pulp. As such I am running a logo design contest starting now until January 17th. In addition to the winning logo being plastered all over the blog and at least 6 magazine issues, I'm going to throw some kind of prize in there, even if it's just a small bit of cash. I'm sure it will be cooler then that, but if I fail to find something in the next month that's what it will be. I'd been having the argument about a logo or not with myself long before Charlene or anyone else (two people I chatted with about the idea before I really tossed it out there said needs a logo as well). It is easier to market a logo/brand, blah blah blah. So if you are the designing type, I need a logo to go onto the top of that cover! Thank you.
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      CommentAuthorAshflex
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2009
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    I would love to contribute to a future edition, probably a short story, so I expect I would only need one page.
    Also,
    @texture Whats the best way to send you a twitter length flash fiction? If your still taking entries?
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
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    @Allen - from experience, having a really awesome logo (thanks Paul!) is well worth it, even just for your own enjoyment, but also Charlene makes a good point.

    @Ashflex - Yep, entries accepted up to 31st Dec, and you can either email me editor.weaponizer[at]gmail.com, or send as a DM or @reply to twitter.com/weaponizer. Cheers!
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      CommentAuthorjeffkevlar
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
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    I'll put my vote in for a good logo. Just look at the weaponizer one. That turned out awesome.