Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders magazine is looking to switch from printing as a POD magazine to a traditional offset run.
Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders magazine has as its mission statement "Reporting on the Steampunk world, one cog at a time." So far we've done that through website updates, and recently through a print-on-demand print magazine. We've met with some success doing this, but there are a few major problems with doing a POD magazine:
- The price is $15 per issue, with $17.63 being the real cost when you figure in shipping.
- We can't offer subscriptions, which means people have to spend $17.63 every single time they want a copy.
- We're limited when it comes to various back-end aspects of the magazine, which includes colors, paper quality, paper type, and so much more.
What we want to do is take the magazine to a traditional offset press. This will allow us to do a LOT of very, very exciting things with the magazine. Imagine if you will a traditional Victorian magazine, one that readers in New York City or London of the 1890s would enjoy off the newsstand. Now take that same magazine and have it covering a subculture which seeks to emulate the optimism of that period.
Suffice to say, we want to create the new Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders magazine as a Victorian magazine using the same or similar types of paper, similar typeface, and be able to offer things like subscriptions, single issues for sale at US$6.99/CD$8.99 as opposed to $17.63, and be able to sell these to you at conventions as well as other Steampunk events.
We want to take the magazine to offset in order to make a better product for you, the fans of Steampunk. In order to do that though, we need your financial support. We're running on a shoestring budget as it is, and though we're offering subscriptions on our website right now, we want to offer another way for you to support our mission.
So if you want to see Doctor Fantastique's become the best magazine possible, and believe me we're going to knock your socks off, please donate whatever you can.
Your donation is meant to help with the first 3 issues of 2012 -- January/February, March, and April. Getting us to our goal of $12,000 will allow us to go to offset press and begin offering the magazine for sale at conventions, via our website, and also ship things out to subscribers.
If you want to subscribe, we welcome that support as well. Head to www.doctorfantastiques.com and click on the Subscriptions link to sign up.
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If you don't want to donate, please blog about this project, mention it on Twitter and/or Facebook, and generally talk it up. We love our readers and our friends, and are tremendously grateful for any help we can get.
If you want a sample of the magazine so you can see what you're supporting, please email Matthew Delman, Publisher/Executive Editor.
For everything except the January/February 2012 signed issue, you'll get your reward approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the fundraising period. Kristin Berwald hand-makes all the pins, and the way POD shipping works means Publisher/Executive Editor Matthew Delman has to ship all July 2011 issues to himself first before he can sign them.
Yes. If we don't raise our $12,000 within 60 days then your money gets returned and your credit card won't be charged.
Of course! Just let us know who you want to have get it.
Then you have our undying gratitude for being so darn awesome.
Of course! Add an extra $5 to your donation to cover additional shipping costs though.
Yes and yes. Whenever you want to within the fundraising period.
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Sep 24, 2011 - Nov 23, 2011 (60 days)
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A thank you on the website, a shoutout on Twitter, and mention on FacebookEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Everything above, plus a thank you in the magazine and a free business-card sized advertisementEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Everything above, plus a Doctor’s Note editorial written thanking you. (The first editorials will appear in the January/February 2012 issue).Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Everything above, plus all four 2011 issues, a two-year subscription, and a signed copy of Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk StoriesEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Everything above, plus a special letterpress item done by Calliope Strange, author of Aeryn Daring and the Scientific Detective: A Serial Novel; also signed copies of both Steam-Powered I and IIEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Everything above, plus a feature article on a topic of your choice to run in an issue of Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders. (Feature articles will first appear in the January/February 2012 issue)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012