Ronin Warriors Fanzine Project Update: January 2018 - Issue 3: 10 weeks to go, the fanzine's cover, art thoughts, and formatting prose files.

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Ryo Sketch

Ronin Warriors
Yoroiden Samurai Troopers

30th Anniversary
Fanzine Project

January 2018 Newsletter - Issue 3

Ryo's Insignia

Hello Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Trooper fans!

Just 10 weeks to go! Let's see what's new to share:

  1. The Fanzine Cover.
  2. Art Thoughts.
  3. Formatting Prose Files.
Seiji's Insignia

1. The Fanzine Cover

Submissions are already starting to roll in, which made me realize: I have no idea what we want to do about the cover! This is kind of an important piece of the fanzine, right?

Here's a new survey to gather everyone's thoughts and opinions on what we should do for the cover design. Choices range from a public contest to an artless, generalized design. Take your time to read through the options, and then cast your vote!

Take the Survey

Voting Closes:

Shin's Insignia

2. Art Thoughts

It's the start of the project. Your mind is buzzing with designs, colors, and visions of your final piece. Excited, you pick up your trusty drawing tools, poised to transfer dream into drawing. And then...

Sketch after sketch fails to match your mind, or the design is so ambitious that it becomes a chore to approach, or nothing reaches the paper.

Has this ever happened to you? It always happens to me (case in point, this week's newsletter illustration). Sometimes I imagine so many possiblities for a picture that I can get stuck at the blank page. Other times, I sketch something so complex that I end up getting so frustrated trying to make it look right that I end up abandoning the idea altogether.

But whenever this happens to me, I remind myself that it's okay to take a break. It's okay to scrap an idea. It's okay to go with a simpler version. It's okay to get frustrated. It's okay to start over. Believe me when I say: every artist has gone through this.

Don't give up. Try taking your art to a new location to work on it. Try asking a friend to look it over and get a fresh perspective. Do whatever you need to to find the fun and passion for the project again, and you'll succeed!

Fanzine Stats
Shuu's Insignia

3. Formatting Prose Files

Another great question came in from a participant who's planning on submitting prose: are there specific font, margin, or spacing settings needed for their file?

Nope to all of the above. The reason is: I will be copy/pasting all text from submitted prose works into the fanzine's pages. This way the fonts, margins and spacing will all be uniform throughout the book. There'll definitely be previews of the file as it comes together in the April newsletters!

Touma's Insignia

In summary:

  • Take the Survey to determine what we do about our fanzine's cover by
  • Don't give up on your art! And remember to save your files often!
  • Don't give up on your prose! And remember to save your files often!

Feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions. Countdown 10 weeks!

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Disclaimer: By submitting art or writing to the fanzine project, submitter is stating they have created said works of art or writing themselves and have not stolen or plagiarized another's fan works. If a submission is found to have been submitted by a party other than the original creator, the submission will no longer be eligible to be included in the project.

Submitter also understands that submitting their work automatically gives permission to the ronin warriors fanzine project to publish said work. The submitter still holds all rights and ownership of said work and may publish the work themselves in print or online as they see fit.

It is not the intention of the project to receive any monetary compensation by the staff or submitters. All involvement in the project is voluntary and the final product is meant to be sold at cost to fans, staff members, and those who have submitted works.

©2018 Emily Wing