With Gaptooth graciously stepping down, we have a vacancy at the helm. This is an open call for anyone in good-standing within the community to submit their desire to take on the privilege and responsibility of being the editor of issue #9.
TrollsZine! has always been seen as a quarterly publication, and, while we may not have always hit that mark, I believe we'd like to continue in that vein, n'est-ce pa? With that mindset, I think we would be looking at a September release. Gaptooth has already received a number of submissions, some of which have already been proofread. I'll be happy to pass those along to the new editor at which point we can assess and determine if a September release is feasible or if we need to reset that expectation.
If any of our previous editors would like to sound off and provide insight on challenges, techniques, approaches or resources, that would go a long way to clarifying the actuality of the role.
So, discuss, ruminate, offer insight, offer up your buddy as tribute...
I'll have the deep-fried battered pixie with balrog dipping sauce and a Hobgoblin ale.
In my experience there are the following discrete aspects to the role
1) Generating articles - not too difficult given the amazing community that T&T has. 2) Finding artwork - more difficult, we have more writers than artists, however we have several talented ones that regularly contribute or have open source material that can be used (with credit). Jeff Freels and David Ullery are obvious standouts. Kevin Bracey also contributed art, and you sometimes find an artist who will 'draw to order' - Al Cook for example. You can also mine art that is out of copyright - Tenniels Jabberwocky. 3) Selecting articles - you want a good mix (scenarios, articles, fiction, house rules, reviews), and you want a quality threshold 4) Copy editing - there are many willing helpers on the Bridge - use them to help you. Work out if you just want typo correction or some level of author feedback. Be gentle with the feedback. 5) Communication , internal, keep people in the loop and provide feedback and encouragement - it is the only coin we have to offer for Trollszine (other than the immortality of publication) 6) Communication , external, publicise it to our T&T audience and beyond. 7) The small matter of pulling the zine together , compiling it and laying it out.
7 is the biggie, and the one that takes a level of technical skill. I had Kevin Bracey doing this for 1-3. Dan Hembree did all of the above for 4-8.
Good luck future editor, and know you have loads of people willing you on. Also Gaptooth has done a lot of the work on 1 - 4 for the next one, so you have a good starting point.
I can contribute content, and I can provide copy-editing, proofreading and similar services to whomever takes the Troll-crown. Very promising to read these discussions of moving forward with Trollzine.
One morning I slayed a troll in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.
I can contribute art. I can pm a link to my gallery to those interested. I have few years of experience as a comic artist behind me, as well couple of zine illustrations. I've done a couple of comic album layouts as well. I have a degree as a graphic designer (print media layout & typography), but got lost in IT business few years back. My time is somewhat limited because of work & family, but maybe you can find some use for me.
I've been a big fan of T&T for a while and would like to contribute (at least something) to the community.
What are we missing now? Any particular skills or just someone to 'hold' it?
I think there are 2 quite different approaches to consider: 1) go for the highest possible quality and risk missing deadlines/pushing back the release date or 2) stick to timelines and accept perfection will not be likely.
I think that we have all the skills we could want. Peoples to write, peoples to edit/correct, peoples to illustrate and make maps. We just need an editor to connect the dots. Asking the illustrators what is needed to illustrate the texts, putting the issue together and turning it into something readable. And that is probably the heaviest work, having to make everything stick together and coordinating a lot of peoples. So, IMHO, it is not a question of perfection. Of course, you could just ask the contributions of everybody and just bundle them together as they are. But it wouldn't be very different than making the rounds of blogs and printing everything about T&T. Not much point about it, I think.
Sure... I leave for a couple years and everything falls to Darksmoke. Anyway, I am back online. WooHoo!!! I am a novice writer and doubt I could qualify for an editor. But PLEASE someone step up... I would love to be published. lol!
Ok - come 20 December, give or take, the long school holidays begin in New Zealand. I am willing to give it a crack then if no one steps forward before then. I would send review copies to a few trolls before publication as a quality control(l) measure.