“jk I just went to that tumblr and saw there has been a post! I love what you’re doing but you guys need to up your visibility ^^””
Hey Cha, thanks for asking. Unfortunately, at the end of last semester we took a lot of hard hits. We used to be working with a crew of five, and now we have a crew of two — and one of gals we lost was our design person :/ The two that are left (myself and one other) are not, per say, particularly rich with free time. We’re both students taking 16+ credits and I have to work two jobs to stay afloat. In March we’re going to be doing some web upgrades and a bit of housekeeping, and really clarify and tighten up policies and things.
I’m happy we both agree on what needs to be done — visibility! Yes! I completely agree. We /did/ have one girl on to help us be the marketing editor, but she’s travelling abroad in England, and that’s really screwed with communication. Plus, she’s actually out experiencing the world outside of a computer (you know, doing things….), so who can blame her?
However, not all the news is bad. We’re currently in the process of writing a $3000+ grant for Fanhand that will serve a couple of purposes:
1) Hiring the ad-club here at WSU to generate a marketing platform and strategy that can be easily implemented and renewed. (aka as much as I’d like to think that I can advertise, sometimes it’s better to leave it to the professionals)
2) Paying for a real domain.
3) Acquiring and integrating submissions programming to the Fanhand site — we eventually want to keep this all in-house. Submit, peruse, and view acceptance/rejectance all on the Fanhand site.
4) Printing costs for the next edition
5) General overhead costs we aren’t expecting
6) If we budget right, and depending on how much money they give us, we’re hoping to go to comic-con and not only hand out free copies/swag/etc, but recruit potential editors. REALLY get our name out there.
We feel like we’ve got a pretty good chance for this grant, because even though it’s transformative media focused, we’ve got a couple of Uni faculty on our side that are really pushing the administration to approve this grant.
If we don’t get it? Well, we’ve been working on a few things for a kickstarter. We actually went to AWP in Seattle to get our shit together and learn how to run this thing. We learned A LOT and you can expect a lot of positive changes in the near future.
Additionally, we’ve been trying to work on a video for a while. It was originally supposed to come out at the beginning of March, but my computer crashed and we didn’t have access to any other computer that could process HD video without derping hard-core, ha ha. After the wave of midterms is done, we’ll really be able to sit down and do all the necessary editing for a polished product.
I hope that answers your question — yes, we’ve been quiet, but not for lack of activity! Because we went from a crew of five to two, the workload has just been a bit heavy over here. After March 17th we’ll both be free to invest a ton of time into this baby, so that you all can have the journal you deserve.