Issue #6 Pushed Back
Trying to release an issue on the 1st of Jan, right on the back end of the busiest time of year at our day jobs, Xmas, New Years, and the general crazy season can be a full on thing to accomplish, if we're being honest. Amongst all the madness, our visual designer has come down with something pretty nasty in the last week and was unable to finish the cover design based on Jason Deem's awesome depiction of Michael R. Fletcher's Hassebrand on time. Our hand has unfortunately been forced, and the release of issue #6 will be delayed to 15 Jan, 2016.
To those of you who were just itching to brush off your New Years Day hangovers like The Bloody Nine brushes off an axe wound and get stuck into this issue, we're sorry. Sometimes stuff just doesn't work out. We'll try to make it up to you with the good news!
Following the bad news, I have some good. In 2016 we're doing 2 things that we think are pretty fucking cool. Not quite a Ragnarok-bringing-out-Blackguards-2 level of coolness, but still pretty up there.
New issue covers
We will re-release of cover art for issues 1, 2, and 3, with a completely new piece of cover art for issue 1. Interesting story; the chainmail style cover art for issue #1 is not how we'd planned it to look. Our wonderful designer put that together from scratch ON PUBLICATION DAY after the artist we'd commissioned for the issue had to pull out the night before (after a deadline extension).
Anyhow, check out this new cover art by Jason Deem for issue #1, based on Mark Lawrence's Red Kent from his short story Bad Seed. Hopefully it'll take a little sting out of the delayed release of issue #6!
Awesome, right? Even better, if you can produce a receipt for your purchases, I'll reissue the files at no cost to make sure your Kindle, iPhone / iPad, Nook, laptop, etc has all the newest artwork and branding. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, "REISSUE" and include your receipt.
New versions will be available prior to 15 Jan.
The second piece of awesome news is for you authors (especially the self-publishers) and webmasters out there. The GdM Marketplace will be opening up at the same time as the issue #6 release and will provide you with easy access to the professionals we trust with the creation of our magazine. We're starting with Jason Deem (cover art) and Mike Myers (editing), with more services to come.
You've seen their work in action in our issues and on our blog, and very soon you'll be able to purchase their services directly through our web store.
Happy New years!
Thank you for all of your support this year. Every time you've purchased an issue, jumped in on a grimdark conversation, or shared something from our social media, you've helped spread the word about Grimdark Magazine and kept us all pushing to do bigger and better.
The team and I can't thank you enough, and we're looking forward to continuing our work and introducing you all to a project we're all pretty excited about, soon!
Stay safe, tell your mates you love 'em, and enjoy bringing in 2016 with a bang!