“I’m not a crybaby… I’m THE crybaby” – Introduction
Hi everyone who doesn’t already know me! My name is Ashley Joanne Leckwold. On top of being a comics and wrestling writer, I’ve been a huge Fall Out Boy fan for over a decade. I previously curated a zine called Aware of the Stars: A Tribute Zine to Infinity On High, which can be found on Gumroad and itch.io. The zine featured essays, art, and photos commemorating the 2007 album. The time has come though to commemorate the follow up Folie á Deux, which was released ten years ago this upcoming December and I’m looking to find a few good Fall Out Boy fans to commemorate a very weird album about madness in a zine called Half-Doomed and Semi-Sweet.
“Hell or Glory. I don’t want anything in between” – What we’re looking for
I’m looking for Fall Out Boy fans (either current or former) to talk about Folie á Deux and what it meant to them at the time of release, now or anywhere in between. You can talk about a particular song, the album as a whole, one of the music videos, the band themselves, Fall Out Toy Works, or even just a memory jogged by the album. Just as long as it clearly ties back to Folie á Deux in any way. If you need a quick reminder of what was released along with the album, here is a quick memory jog.
These reflections can take the form of essays, comics, fanart, photos, poems, or any other creative medium we’re missing out on. As for fanfic, I have a strict “no RPF” rule for these, but fanfic inspired by the ‘America’s Suitehearts’ video or Fall Out Toy Works will be allowed for the zine.
“But I’m no good at math and besides the dollar is down” – The technical/legal stuff
The basic submission guidelines for the zine are as follows:
Word count for essays: 500 min, 2k maximum
Comics: Max. 3 pages
Art in general: 2610 X 3900 or 170 PPI/DPI
Photos: Digital only, no more than 6
As for payment, the current plan is to run an IndieGoGo once the creators are in place to help raise funds to help pay creators/do a print run. At the VERY least, I’m gonna make sure each contributor gets $20, even if we don’t hit goal.
To avoid potential legal problems with various record companies, the zine will be distributed for pay what you want on Gumroad and itch.io. The contributors will decide before release if donations for the zine will go towards print costs or charity.
Contributors will retain all legal rights to their work and will be allowed to print and distribute the zines how they wish after release. What is featured in the zine can be posted online after, just please link back to the zine when you do.
“The boy I am is just venting, venting…” – Age restrictions
Since Fall Out Boy has a lot of teenage fans, I ask that all the work you do please be appropriate for teenagers. Cursing and innuendo is fine, but explicit sexual works and/or graphic violence will not be allowed. Anything that talks about sensitive topics such as sexual assault, eating disorders, bigotry, or death must include trigger warnings.
Contributors must also be 18+. I love you newer fans with all my heart, but I’d like to avoid any potential legal hangups with underage contributors and I am looking more for older fans reflecting on the album.
“Let the leaves fall off in the summer and let December glow in flames…” – Timeline
Alright, let’s get down to business. Right now, we’re aiming to get this zine out the door by December 16th, which was the album’s US release date. Obviously, things might go wrong, but that’s the date we’re aiming for. To hit that date, here is the timeline:
- August 24th: Submissions Open
- October 1st: Submissions Close
- October 7th: Email goes out to Contributors
- October 15th: Crowdfunding goes up
- November 16th: Final deadline for submissions
- December 16th: Half-Doomed and Semi-Sweet releases!
“I don’t care what you think, as long as it’s about me…” – Submissions and Contact
If you are ready to submit, please fill out the form HERE.
If you have any further questions not answered here, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter either at @misskittyf or @folieadeuxzine.