February 28, 2020
Behind the Zines Update: “WHERE’S THE BURGUNDY ZINE #14!?”
Behind the Zines Updates: “WHERE IS THE BURGUNDY ZINE #14!?”Source: The Burgundy Zine
After a year of releasing a digital magazine on the 28th of each month, we decided to switch things up a bit this year and transition to a bi-monthly format.
That means there will not be a zine released on Feb. 28th. We know, we know, it feels… odd. However, we’re still eager to share the zine we’ve been working on behind the scenes.
Behind the Zines
As of 5:34 AM (EST) on Feb. 28th, we’ve laid out 30 pages of this issue.
Without a doubt, the biggest challenge with our first bi-monthly zine is fitting two months’ worth of content from ourselves and our awesome guest contributors into one issue.
Our goal is to keep this zine under 140 pages – but who knows, it may end up being 141 pages, or it could total just under 100. We’re still adjusting to this bi-monthly transition and it’s still a little early to tell what the final length will be.
To meet our goal, we’re going to compress some of the articles into more graphic-driven spreads with a call to action at the bottom that invites the reader to visit our blog for the full-length article.
This is what we’ve been doing with interviews in The Burgundy Zine since September and it’s been a huge hit. It gives our readers just a taste of our discussion with the interviewee and creating these eye-capturing spreads is a blast.
Our interview with pop-artist Cassidy King, as seen in “The Burgundy Zine #10: Spooky Psychology“Source: The Burgundy Zine #10: Spooky Psychology | The Burgundy Zine
We’re also reworking the design of the zine so it’s more practical for printing. While an 18-pt font may look nice for browsing the zine on our site, it looks humorously large on paper.
Comparisons of the welcome page and “Human Hibernation: The Future of Healing and Space Travel” in 18-pt v.s. 12-pt font.Source: The Burgundy Zine
Seeing the articles in a 12-pt font was a bit jarring at first, but the print test we did looked a whole lot better. 12-pts is still a little on the large-side for standard printing, but we still want the zine to easy to read in a digital format.
Let’s Take a “Zneak Peak”
Excerpts from “The Burgundy Zine #14: Healing”Source: The Burgundy Zine
So far, we’ve laid out the articles:
- Cut the Crap! by Mahik’s
- Get Moving, Stay Pumping: American Heart Month
- Human Hibernation: The Future of Healing and Space Travel
- How Mental Health Affects Sleep by Sleepopolis
- 13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors by Julie Singh
We still have more articles from February to include and whatever wonderful content is to come in March.
Additionally, we’re seeking more artists and photographers to feature in this issue. Click here to learn more about contributing to The Burgundy Zine!
What Else is Happening “Behind the Zines?”
We’re glad you asked.
For starters, we’re gearing up to launch our official merch store this spring. We’ve decided on the platform we’re going to use, we have a few designs in mind for our products, and now it’s just a matter of funding as well as production.
Right now, we’re aiming to debut our merch store around April, perhaps mid-April. Once the e-shop is off the ground, we’ll also release information on how you can sell your designs through our store – and receive a percentage on each sale, of course.
Going forward, our main focus in March will be “The Burgundy Zine #14: Healing” and the merch store launch.
We can’t thank you enough for reading, subscribing, and contributing to The Burgundy Zine. Our community has grown so much in the last year and we’re very excited to see what the rest of 2020 holds!
An animated ladybug swings joyously from a leafSource: GIPHY
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