This is the fifth issue of Cavs Zine: The Bible of Cavs Fandom. And we want to keep it "Free For Cavs Fans".
AND WE'RE MAKING THE CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. LITERALLY. BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS. BELIEVELAND, BABY.
WE GOT LEBRON JAMES AND KEVIN LOVE!!! AND KYRIE IRVING RE-SIGNED FOR A LOT OF YEARS!!! THIS MIGHT BE THE GREATEST CAVS TEAM OF ALL TIME, RIGHT NOW, THIS SEASON!!
Cavs Zine includes myself as editor and 30 other contributors around Cleveland, across America outside of Cleveland, and also all around the world. What we do is organize a collection of work from all the writers and artists and then combine it into one united zine about Cleveland, the Cavaliers, basketball, and sometimes, heartland rocker Michael Stanley.
So, the championship rings... if we get this project funded, the 3D printing company rp+m in Avon Lake, who are huge Cavs fans also, have agreed to print Cavs Zine Championship rings for distribution with 300 copies of the zine. You will literally be able to wear a Championship ring that says "Cavs Zine" on it. It's being designed in part by our own Mike Brenkus - the artist who has done the covers of Cavs Zine 2-5 and also my the genius guys at rp+m. Its pretty much the coolest thing ever.
Now if you've been lucky enough to get a copy of Cavs Zine, you know it's been a handmade and copied black and white old school fanzine. Our writers are some of your favorite bloggers and Cleveland artists and our interviews have included former Cavs coach Mike Fratello and former superstar Terrell Brandon.
It's also included, since issue 2, items of interest, such as a playable Michael Stanley flexi vinyl disc of the Cavs 80s song "Tonight's the Night", an "Uncle Drew Army" patch and a half inch button with the "Cavs Zine Wu logo". So now, and just on time, the ringzzzzz.
The problem with Cavs Zine has always been that, for the massive effort that myself, my assistant editor and the over 30 contributors have put into it, there has been no way to meet the demand for copies of the zine. We put out about 175 of Issue 1, then 300 of issues 2, 3, and 4, but since there are thousands and probably millions of Cleveland Cavaliers fans all over the country and world trying to get them, they have sold out almost immediately.
The phrase "sold out" is completely misused in that last sentence. Cavs Zine has been free for four years. The only thing we ever asked anyone to pay for was the shipping and handling that went into getting it out through the mail. In person, we just handed them out. I prefer that they be handed out, because the in person interaction between Cavs fans might be the coolest part of the whole thing, but Cavs fans are all over, and I can't drive to everybody's house.
It's free, and we want to keep it free but at the same time, we want to get issue 5 into the hands of everyone that wants a copy. This project is and always has been about promoting Cleveland Cavaliers Fandom and about creating a community of fans. Look, they raised $10,000 to make a movie about Lebron James leaving Cleveland in 2010. Cavs Zine is about how the same group of people stayed with the team through that whole last 4 years. About us, about the die-hards.
So my goal is for us to get 5000 copies of Cavs Zine published, for it to be 100% free for Cavs fans and for it to continue to be something all Cavs fans are proud of. We've looked into the printing costs, the shipping from the printer to us and we're excited to get this done.
Risks and challenges
Cavs Zine Issue 3 was delayed by Hurricane Sandy, which basically made it impossible for us to do anything because the electricity went out in Cleveland and the East Coast.
We're working with a printer this time, which will cut down on the time that I spend standing in front of a copy machine, Also, it's much faster and we'll have all 5000 copies at once.
No matter what, we're qualified to get this done. We've done it all ourselves every year and people have always been able to get Cavs Zine in their hands, even if it took an extra week to get them out.
However, if we can't fund it, we can't put 5000 copies out and we can't afford the 3D printing for the ringzzz either. I'm still doing a zine, but it'll be back to the original format, 150-175 copies. I'm confident that we can do this though, I'm just letting you guys know what's up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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