They’re here! The culmination of our first Kickstarter campaign, 1200 physical copies of the One Page Dungeon collection, arrived packed tightly together in seven heavy boxes.
Thanks to all of our Kickstarter backers we were able to take these goofy doodles of mine and put them in a proper collection (with an ISBN and everything), and we are right on time to get this product to your door in February 2020!
The ink looks great on the thick pages. The zine lays flat with little issue and seems to hold its place while holding your eye. It fits perfectly in a 6×9 envelope making it deliverable via USPS First Class Letter. The cover is nice and thick and the matte coating feels soft on your finger tips.
How could I be anything but over the moon with the arrival of our first zine?
It’s not perfect.
There is an imperfection. It is small and it was missed in the proof review and it is on the first 1200 copies of the Fish in the Pot One Page Dungeon Collection.
It is a pencil smudge smaller than the tip of your pinky that is hanging out in the original cover art work right around the very bottom of the “g” in “Dungeons.”
You really can’t spot it in the digital version, but apparently a high grade color printer at 300 dpi reveals a smudge in a way which your computer screen is incapable.
It’s not really that big of a deal. It’s a smudge on the original that was picked up in the scan. You can’t really see it from a distance. From different angles it seems to disappear completely. I mean, the smudge even kind of fits in aesthetically, loaning a rippling shadow to the hypnotic loops cascading out from beyond the ravine.
Still, it’s not perfect.
Embrace the Smudge
This zine started out as a collection of scratchy-print-surrounded hand-drawn dungeon maps in a composition book. It is fitting that it’s initial print run holds onto the essence of its imperfect beginnings.
So, I’m going to embrace the smudge, embrace the surprises of the process, embrace the imperfection of art, the imperfection of expression, and the imperfection of life. I will embrace the imperfect feelings of being okay to be finished with a project like this, and I will embrace the fear of the next project, the fear of new possibilities for unseen smudges. I will embrace the lessons learned here and apply those lessons to fight against the new fear and to improve the fit and finish of all future Fish in the Pot offerings.
I will embrace the challenge of getting these zines where they are going, all across the globe, and I will embrace the joy of working with you to be sure that any issues you experience with the process are handled with kindness and empathy.
I hope that you also will embrace the imperfection of the craft. I hope that you will embrace the queasy feelings of creating a mess with your imagination and the jittery excitement of calling your mess finished and showing that mess to others.
Embrace the smudge with us.
Write in your copy of the book. Change things in it. Rip it apart. Fill it with stickers and drawings and paint and stamps and spills and stories and memories.
Thank you for your support on this project. I really did not know what to expect when I set up the Kickstarter. Your response has been absolutely amazing. So, thank you for your trust and thank you for believing in what we are creating at Fish in the Pot.
I have an abnormally busy period coming up in the next couple of weeks. In my down time I will be making all of the appropriate arrangements to get zines to backers. Barring any unforeseen issues, we are still on track to deliver zines across the globe by late February 2020!