A few updates and a few thoughts for a healthy January update.
The "Holy Shit" department!
With 2020 ending, I think we were all collectively hoping that 2021 would be a transition back to some sort of normality and sanity.
Heh, heh... reality instead slapped us in the face with a dead fish.
I want to go on the record now and say 2021 is starting out to be a pretty shitty sequel, but good things will come of it.
Let's be real... who the fuck knows? Might as well make the best of it.
GZS Pro kicking into top gear!
Over the course of the next year, I'm hoping to produce or help produce a ton of cool, new, chaospunk flavored goodness for everybody.
We're going to me making zines, comix, art books, and anything else we can imagine.
If you're interested in putting something out and would like some design help, reach out to Joe via email@example.com and let him know what you're thinking.
BABBLE-ON Anthology Reissue!
As quite a few of you know, BABBLE-ON was an occult-centric anthology of art and writing put out last summer. GZS Pro and the curator of the anthology, Ben Beardsley, mutually decided it was in our best interests to discontinue our working relationship. Thus, the planned second edition would not be released via GZS Pro.
That being said, I have made the Babble-On digital edition available again, for a limited time. Here is why.
- First, it’s an excellent piece of work. Many fantastic artists devoted a lot of time and energy to creating the stories and art. That deserves a spotlight.
- Second, ultimately, I need this money to earn back what it owes me for the publication. As the publisher, it cost me thousands of dollars when you account for additional publishing and shipping costs I covered out of pocket and the hours that went into formatting and design.
With that in mind, I still have to pay the contributors for their efforts. So, the digital version will be available until it accumulates at least $1K in sales over all. It will remain, like every digital offering, “Pay What Thou Wilt.” Once we reach the sales mark, I will disperse to the contributors the agreed upon share and put the GZS share back into the business.
I’ll also be offering the 4 copies of the printed edition left from the original run.
New Zines Available!
GZS Presents is our semi-irregular zine which embaces its zine nature. We currently have two issues out that you can experience at your own risk. We're gonna get real weird with it in GZS Presents.
After I get a little bit more time under my belt, I'll share the process of how I make my digital zines in the cheapest, easiest manner possible.
TLTM is giving you more, more, more!
Our mega-fun, mega-punk action-adventure occult manga continues full throttle! Jay is cranking out awesome art each week. We're currently up to issue five of the series.
Remember, TLTM will be monthly now, albeit in a slightly shorter format. Instead of 24 pages of story, you'll get 12, plus a few extras. This was done for a lot of reasons, but mostly just to get the story in the hands of our adoring public (All, like 20 or so of you) at a faster pace.
We'll also put out the TLTM: Psychonaut Blues Collected edition later this year, after wrapping up the initial run. Stay tuned for more news on that front!
Here's the current issue: https://gum.co/tltm3-digital
GZS Pro Community: Join our digital tribe!
Our community site at groundzerosum.com is much more than a sales platform for our publications! We constantly look for new indie artists to promote that we think people will love.
In addition, we're seeking all sorts of artists from all walks of life to come and share their work and experiences in order to help each other get the word out about what they're missing!
So, if you're looking for a creator community but have no idea where to start, we're looking for you, too!
If you want to take an even deeper dive and support the continued existence of the community, we also have GZS Pro Premium memberships via Gumroad or Patreon.
What can you expect if you join up?
- A social media experience without all the toxicity or algorithmic manipulation.
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs) created by our community members to give you a space to grow your own niche and network with your peers.
- An exclusive community Discord server which hosts streaming events and allows for easy communication.
- A very punk, DIY-style scene that encourages creators to CREATE!
We hope you join us for the ride!
Until next time...
(P.S. In the attachments you'll find a really cool desktop wallpaper for your 'puter!)