October 25th, 2011

bang bang

on deadlines, text with art, and summaries

I hope you're all enjoying the recent enormous issue! I know there's a lot of goodness there, so don't forget to tell authors and artists alike how much you enjoyed their contributions.

There are a couple of pieces of business that have come up in the process of getting this issue live, so here's the scoop in two short and one long points:

1. Here's the way deadlines go: issues will always come out on Mondays. The deadline for authors is the Tuesday before, and that's the deadline we make a big deal about, since most of any given issue is text. However, the Saturday two days before the issue's street date is the deadline for artists, both those submitting illustrations and those contributing standalone pieces. Also, when we say 'Tuesday' and 'Saturday', we pretty much mean 'when we wake up 'Wednesday/Sunday morning', respectively, not straight-up midnight. We try to be as flexible as we can be with getting in as many contributions as possible, so if you ever need extra time meeting a deadline, please email us as soon as you can and let us know so we can work something out.

2. Artists submitting standalone images are now permitted to include text to accompany those images, but there are stipulations: there may not be more than 100 words of free text accompanying an issue, and that text must be submitted by the Tuesday author deadline. Artists that wish to include more than 100 words of text may of course either leave text in a comment to the entry or request a link at the bottom of the entry to a separate post.

3. This issue in particular has raised the issue of the editors' adding warnings, tags, and/or summaries to stories. This is actually not the first time this issue has come up, and we have debated the merits of doing so, but as before, we've come down on the side of no. A significantly lengthier -- and I hope the length shows exactly how much we have indeed thought about it -- argument for this position can be found Collapse )