Thank you all so much for your generosity! If we can get up to $235, I will make special numbered Kickstarter Contributor issues of Dear Anonymous 4 that will be printed on lovely 100gsm paper (interior pages, covers will be cardstock) for everyone who has a print copy as part of your contributor award.
Have you ever wished you could say something to someone but were unable to because they were gone, lost, or you never knew them in the first place? Have you ever felt like thanking your childhood stuffed animal for so much comfort over the years?
You're in the right place.
Dear Anonymous started as a blog but quickly found a better fit as an A5 zine. Originally, I put every letter I received on paper and drew every inspired little drawing that went along with it. Since then, I have slowly transitioned to doing more of the work on computer (much easier to mind your margins that way!).
Over the years, I have read letters that made me laugh out loud, and others that made me literally cry. But there is no better feeling than receiving an email from a contributor that, at the end, says, "Thank you. Getting that out made me feel a lot better."
Why I need your help:
Anyone who makes zines will tell you that we don't get into it with dreams of becoming rich. We make zines because we love zines and have something to say and share.
I've been proud to be completely self-funded thus far, but a combination of bills and emergencies has left me to face the reality of my situation. If I don't ask for your help, it could be a long time before I produce Dear Anonymous 4 - or any other zine.
While digital is fantastic, the true heart and soul of zine culture lies within the physical cut, paste, and copy. The wonderful thing about helping me now is that it will help me for zines to come as well. It helps me get back on my zine-making feet so I can start working again on things I truly love.
I have already finished Dear Anonymous 4, so as soon as the ink arrives, I can start printing the internals. That will be followed by printing the covers.
Barring any delays in shipping from either the ink company or the paper company, I fully expect to have all reward and contributor copies printed, assembled, sewn, and in the mail by the end of April.
I already have a lot of the things I need like the interior paper, embroidery thread for sewing spines, and A5 envelopes for mailing out the zines. I need help with:
Printer Ink: $114.50
Green Cardstock for covers: $43.65
International Postage for Contributor Copies: $24.75
In total, this comes to: $182.90
Reviews of previous Dear Anonymous editions:
"This zine is a super good read filled with all types of anonymous letters to different individuals, and written by different authors. Done are cute and some are really personal, but all are worth checking out!" - Janet Greco
"Awesome amazing, and beautifully written!" - Lauren Workman
Who is Nyx?
For zines and me, it was love at first sight.
I bought my first zine - The Nutella Cookbook - in early 2011 and have loved every moment of zine goodness. The very first zine I made was 'The Perfect Pocket Guinness Guide' - a tribute to my husband and his love for Guinness.
I started the Dear Anonymous series not as a place for me but as a place for a friend to express things in a safe, anonymous space. From there it grew to a place for people to send letters about things I never would have thought of. I'm always honoured to receive a letter and have such trust put in me as a zine maker.
I devote as much time as I can to making zines, reading zines, and reviewing them on my blog: SeaGreenZines.com I love getting the word out about zines and being the kind of resource that I wanted to have when I first discovered the world of zines.
Nyx is my 'zine name' chosen for my perzine (personal zine) Don't Call Me Cupcake. I also go by The Author in Dear Anonymous.
Other than my blog, you can see what I'm working on, what I'm reviewing, and what's arrived in my post box:
If you want to have a look through my zines on offer, you can see them at: www.inkyblots.etsy.com
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for this zine at this moment is getting ink for printing as well as cardstock for the covers.
Having produced seven zines (two are retired) from my own little space at home, I'm used to most of the hiccups that could come up during the production of Dear Anonymous 4. From small things like poking myself with needles when I'm sewing spines to paper jams and ink malfunctions, I've been handling a variety of zine-making problems since 2011.
There is the possibility of delays in shipping in regards to the ink and the paper. However, both will be shipped from the same state I live in, so I don't anticipate long delays, if there are any.
The biggest problem that could possibly happen is my printer deciding to wander off into the 'printer farm', but I work hard to keep it in top working order so it'll last many more years to come.
If for some reason my printer broke down, I always have the option of local print shops in order to fulfill any rewards that still need sending out at that point.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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