About this project
GREATEST UNCOMMON DENOMINATOR
GUD (pronounced "good") is Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, an award-winning print/pdf magazine with two hundred pages of literary and genre fiction, poetry, art, and articles. Our hardcopy issues are 5"x8", slightly narrower than a mainstream paperback but solid in the hands and easy to read.
GET TO KNOW GUD
If you create a new account at our website ( http://www.gudmagazine.com/ ), you'll get a randomly-selected poem or story to download from our most recent issue. We've also got a halloween sampler you can download featuring brilliant fiction from our first five issues.
GUD ISSUE 7
From the cover art, Danzante by Fernando Martí, to the Invitation from poet Alicia Hoffman at the close of the issue, GUD 7 entices you into a dance with words and images that grabs hold of you, takes you out of yourself, and leaves you breathless. Joseph A. W. Quintela’s Witches’ Dance leads off, followed across the floor by a bamba with the (very earthy) divine, choreographed by Okasha Skat’si. Coconut Pie by Joshua Ben-Noah Carlson takes you for a turn in an awkward two-step, while David Gullen’s Just War whirls you dizzily into an alternate world that nonetheless moves to the inexorable rhythm of history.
As with any good collection of art, GUD 7 has love, death, family, journeys, loss, and healing. But though the themes are timeless, we guarantee you’ve never experienced anything quite like the stories, poetry, and art you’ll find juxtaposed here. The work in GUD 7 spans every kind of stylistic approach and throws down the gauntlet to traditional genre categories—there’s even an essay on genre categories themselves, by cognitive scientist Eve Sweetser. GUD 7 will stretch your ideas of the possible: what art can be, what humans can be, what reality can be. It will pick you up out of the world you thought you knew and set you down somewhere totally unknown, where you can’t even trust your own perceptions—but when you look back, maybe you’ll understand something new about where you came from.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
We've had a series of setbacks with this issue, including two major server failures, the loss of a personal computer, and several life changes that have drained away our capital and flexibility. But we're finally ready to send things to press and unleash GUD Issue 7 on the world, if you'll help us.
- $1600 - printing + shipping
- $1850 - the creative contributors (artists, writers, poets)
- Kickstarter + Amazon
POSTCARD REWARDS: MONSTERS OR PAST COVERS
You can take our monster quiz and see what GUD monster you are! The fantastic illustrations for the monster quiz were created by GUD contributor Lisa Grabenstetter. There are ten monsters, including Baba Yaga, a dragon, a robot, a squid, and stranger.... One set of monster-quiz postcards includes one of each!
Our covers are all works of art, and Issue 7 will make eight of them in total! A "cover" set includes one each—plus an extra of Issue 3's cover to cut up, and a postcard of the instructions for how to cut it up, for a total of ten postcards!
CUSTOM VOGON POETRY FROM GUD EDITORS
Remember, from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? "Vogon Poetry is described as 'the third worst poetry in the Universe'. The main example used in the story is a short piece composed by Jeltz, which roughly emulates nonsense verse in style. The story relates that listening to it is an experience similar to torture as demonstrated when Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are forced to listen to the poetry (and say how much they liked it) prior to being thrown out of an airlock." — Wikipedia
Why would you, dear foonting turlingdromes, freddle such? Editors Julia Bernd and Michael Ellsworth are responsible for a revival of nonsense-that's-nonsense! poetry; or, to put it another way, this is Vogon Poetry like no other.
SIMPLE poems may include haiku, limericks, or other such, and one topic and delivery style of your choice (from a large set). Language, content, ideas, and form may all be abused, but there's no pain in nonsense—so there will be a sense to drive you non. SIMPLE poems may only have a hint of madness, or may be fully mad but not wholly contagious.
COMPLEX poems may include sonnets, longer doggerel, elegies, or other such.... and two or three topics and one delivery style of your choice (from an even larger set). Language, content, ideas, and form may all be abused—AND the poem will be split up over multiple postcards! There will be pain and madness! But that's just the tip of the iceberg, because the true ship-sinker is...
PERFORMANCE! Only with a full performance (by one or more GUD editors), posted to YouTube, will you suffer the true (one step removed) power of Vogon Poetry. Whether we thank you in the video (or even in the poem itself!) is up to you.
Some possible topics include: a bassoon, swimming, swiss cheese, giant squid, subjectivity, or a Certified Public Accountant.
Some possible delivery styles include: admonishingly, Rumsfeldianly, disdainfully, dramatically, or using the esophageal airstream.
Sample Limerick, prompted with "Gratitude":
There once was a magazine so good,
it decided to name itself GUD,
but after troubles ka-thud-ular
it needed your fund-ular,
We'll give more examples of these as the project rolls on.
If you'd like more GUD than the reward tiers offer, we're more than happy to accommodate! Just add the below to your pledge, and we'll check with you at the end to see what you need.
- Add $2ea for a digital copy of any single issue.
- Add $7ea (to a pledge of $25 or more) for an extra physical copy of Issue 7 ($10ea internationally).
- Add $7ea (to a pledge of $25 or more) for a physical copy of a randomly selected (by us) back issue ($10ea internationally).
- Add $3ea for a full set of monster postcards or cover postcards ($5ea internationally).
- Add $5ea for full sets of both monster AND cover postcards ($7ea internationally).
Our initial goal is $3,500. However, if we can exceed that, we will add stretch goals.
$4,500 - We will get epub and mobi versions of Issue 7 produced.
Risks and challenges
We've got pretty much everything nailed everything down except for filling two replacement pages, including layout, though it needs a final round of proofing. We're at the tail end of the risks and challenges (two server failures, a home computer failure, several life shakeups), and all that's missing now is the money that bled out on the long road to completing Issue 7.
If we receive an overwhelming amount of support, we may get behind the deadline on producing vogon-poetry thank-you-gifts. (There's only so much atrocious poetry one can produce in a month!) But as for GUD Issue 7 itself, there should be no such problems at this point.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our contributors this issue include: Polenth Blake, Joshua Ben-Noah Carlson, zac carter, Zdravka Evtimova, Lisa A. Grabenstetter, David Gullen, Ross Hickerson, Alicia Hoffman, Robert T. Jeschonek, Lisa Kathleen Kang, Rustin Larson, Tony Mangia, Fernando Martí, Joseph A. W. Quintela, Jon Radlett, Regina Reid, Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein, Lezli Rubin-Kunda, Patricia Russo, V. V. Saichek, Christine Schrum, Okasha Skat’si, Mithran Somasundrum, Eve Sweetser, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Dara Weinberg.
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