For the last four years, Dystopian Dance Party has brought incisive, hard-hitting analysis of 1980s R&B music and KISS biographies to adoring and/or tolerant readers on the Internet. Now, we're embarking on a new venture: Dystopian Dance Party Magazine, a full-color, high-quality print zine featuring writing by Zachary Hoskins and art by Callie Nazzpuller, plus contributed material by our friends and fellow-travelers. The first issue is dedicated to one of our mutual all-time favorite artists: Prince.
Issue 1 of Dystopian Dance Party will include high-quality critical writing by Zach and art by Callie, plus an original piece by graphic artist Party in the Front, poetry by writer Jane Clare Jones, and more. This is a Prince tribute like no other: willfully idiosyncratic, deeply personal, and totally unique. Kind of like somebody we used to know. Of course, it is completely independent, unofficial, and unauthorized (but done with love and care).
We're Kickstarting Dystopian Dance Party for a few reasons: first and foremost, because we don't have startup capital, just talent, dreams, and an endless capacity for self-indulgence. The magazine will come out whether we're funded or not; but the Kickstarter funding goal allows us to print at least 50 copies of the magazine without putting ourselves into debt. Which brings us to the second reason we're Kickstarting: to gauge interest in the project. We think we have something exciting and fun planned here, but to be perfectly honest we're used to dwelling in obscurity and aiming to please only ourselves. Basically, we want to know who else is excited about this project, so we can print enough copies to satisfy demand.
This is not a get-rich scheme; it won't make us millionaires, thousandaires, or hundredaires. Our goal is to break even. Should we exceed our funding goal, we would also love to be able to pay the artists who selflessly donated their work, knowing up front that we would probably not be able to pay them. If we make enough money to pay our contributors and still make a profit, that profit will be going straight into production costs for Issue 2 later this year.
In return for your support, you get your name in the magazine as a backer, and updates for this and future issues. Other rewards include everything from digital and physical copies of the zine to the original oil painting used to create the cover. Stay tuned for more updates; the magazine is currently in typesetting and shaping up nicely! We'll be releasing April 16, 2018--a day before Dystopian Dance Party's four-year anniversary.
Risks and challenges
While this is our first time creating a physical magazine, Zach is a writer with experience in publishing and Callie is a professional artist; we are both used to delivering high-quality content on a deadline. We will also be relying on tested print-on-demand companies--the magazine itself will be printed via Blurb. We are confident that we can deliver a quality product, including any and all backer rewards. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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