You’re invited to take part in the next issue of Mortimer Megazine! It's the field guide that explores the imagination and guides the uninitiated through the world of the strange and surreal. The next issue will be the official Issue 1 with the theme of CREATURES & CRYPTIDS.
What is a cryptid? Well, a "cryptid" is after the term cryptozoology and meaning a 'hidden animal'. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "an animal whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated”.
Think Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Jersey Devil, or Mothman. Only think deeper, and weirder. What would a cryptid look like on another planet? Or 4000 years in the future? Or from a parallel universe? Let’s write and illustrate the creatures that don’t yet exist into existence.
The idea is that the book will function as a field guide to the fantastic and unknown nature of the Cryptid. A field guide typically gives it’s reader information and images to educate. Ours is no different.
Each Artist will be given a full spread (2 pages). One for an image or illustration. The other will be information completed by the artist describing their creature. We went ahead and made this part easy by creating a list of questions to answer about your creature.
Illustrate your creature however you see fit. The sky’s the limit. You’ll need 2 images total:
A. 8” x 5” This is your main image. It should be set as vertical 8h x 5w.
B. 2” x 2” This is a detail shot of something you talk about in your description. The creature’s track, it’s hideout, what's stuck in it’s teeth. A small image of something you think would help the reader better understand your creature. This will either go inside a square frame or will be within the text.
C. (Optional) Any little small elements that can be added to the bottom or sides of the page/other areas of the book. For example: Some lost feathers, a lock of hair, a collection of missing earrings or other items that can be attributed to your creature. But hey, no pressure.
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What we set out to achieve with this project, aside from creating an awesome book, was to give a wide range of artists from the PNW the opportunity to collaborate on a project but also to each be able to make some money from it. That being said the way we set this up is for us all to chip in and we all walk away with a stack of books, ready to sell at our next event. This way we can order a lot and get the price down versus just ordering a few and paying way more for each book.
So, we’re going to open it up for you to buy as many books as you want (min. 30 books to keep printing costs low) at $1.50 each — 30 books at $1.50 is only $45. This issue will be a dense 48 pages plus thick card cover and will sell for around $10-$12. We’re printing perfect bound rather than saddle stitch. In other words, these are gonna be SUPER NICE.
By paying for your books you seal your way into issue 1 of Mortimer Megazine: Creatures & Cryptids! If you’d like to take part in this project send your payment through Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and please use the FRIENDS AND FAMILY option.
The release party will be in January TBA Date and Location (Tacoma/Seattle area)The deadline for the art will be Dec 15 to allow for printing. The Deadline for payment is Nov. 15.
I hope you find all of this amazing and want to take part in this project.
Check out mortimermegazine.bigcartel.com to see Issue 0 Cults & Gangs!