this is where you can come to check for updates about the site, its founders, upcoming events, cool projects, and even neat things like convention circuits.
We are here with a spooky edition of the zine for you guys.
The PDF is about to go out to our awesome subscribers and, as always, you can read the new issue for free on our zine page.
We're also happy to announce our December theme, which will be Illumination. Be sure to check out our submission guidelines - we'd love to feature your work in our next issue.
Thank you guys for your interest in Toxic Bubblegum. We hope you're have a fantastic holiday!
Just dropping in to let you know what sort of things we've been sorting out over the last week since our last resource page was posted (other than next month's zine, of course.)
The main thing is that we finished our Patreon page, finally. We have graphics for our patron tiers and we even finished our thank you video. You can check that stuff out here:
Toxic Bubblegum on Patreon
Being a Patron gives you exciting promotional opportunities, real-world Toxic Bubblegum merch, and an awesome spot on our brand new supporters page right here on our website.
This week Bubblegum and I are going to start recording our special shout out videos for patrons as well as collecting the information we need to promote their work and thank them for their contributions to our site.
Speaking of collecting things, don't forget to send us your submissions for the October Issue of our zine, the theme of which will be Spirits.
Thank you guys for reading and stay tuned, we have more resources and site additions coming up soon.
Toxic & Bubblegum
We know it's been a couple weeks since we posted the zine, but don't worry. We've still got plenty of stuff lined up for you, like this new reference sheet that we just posted!
It's a character sheet all about habits, and you can check it out here.
Also be sure to stay tuned. In addition to some more detailed reference sheets and articles in our queue we'll also be adding new partner information soon and cleaning up our Patreon page, so stay tuned for updates about all of those exciting things.
And finally, don't forget that we're in an open submission period for our October issue of the zine, which has the theme Spirit. If that doesn't work for you, consider sending something in to our submission gallery, which is feeling pretty lonely. Get more information on our Submission Guidelines page.
As always, thanks for reading and we hope to see some work from you guys soon.
Just dropping in to let you know that the August issue of the Toxic Bubblegum zine has gone live. As you may recall our theme this month was Identity.
The issue includes a couple collaborative comics brought to you by Bubblegum and myself, some short character pieces and lots of notes that offer insight into our own, personal creative processes.
We're also proud to announce that this is the first issue published that will feature artwork from a contributor, Danielle Roberts.
You can check out more of her work on her website or follow her on Twitter @Darlingdanidraw
As for checking out the zine you can see our Identity issue currently featured on our website's zine page, where it is also available for download.
If you like what you see, you should really consider joining our mailing list to receive your free .pdf of our zine every time we release an issue.
Thanks everyone for the support, and we'll be seeing you around soon.
Just a heads up, we have a new reference sheet up for you guys to check out:
That's about it. Stay tuned for updates on the new issue of the zine which will be out later this week!
Toxic here, and I've got some exciting news. Bubblegum and I have been working on bringing more resources to creators, and we've made some real progress. Our first reference sheet has been uploaded, and we've got plenty more queued up and ready for your use.
The reference sheet is for project overviews. I designed it from my personal note system, and Bubblegum did a wonderful job formatting it and turning it into something that would be useful for you guys.
You can find it listed in our resource archive (which is no longer entirely empty) or go ahead and check out the link here.
Don't forget that we're still seeking submissions for our gallery, and we're in an open call for October's issue of the zine, so be sure to check out our submission guidelines if you're interested.
Yesterday was the deadline to make submissions for the August 2017 Issue of the zine, which means we are now officially in an open submission period for our October issue and it's time to unveil our theme.
The October issue will be all about Spirits!
We want to see how people interpret this, so whether you want to send us traditional adaptations or think out of the box, we're excited to see what you come up with. For anyone who is interested, pleasure be sure to check out our Submission Guidelines page. We're looking forward to hearing from all you talented creators out there.
The deadline for the October issue will be October 10th, 2017.
If you were working on a piece for Identity and didn't get it done in time, please consider sending it into our submission gallery!
Stay tuned for this month's issue, as well as for some exciting new reference pages!
It's so good to be back, even if we are sneaking up on you with this. In February we released the last issue of the Toxic Bubblegumzine as we all knew it, and promised that there would be big changes on the horizon. I am now happy to announce those changes are here and walk you through them.
The biggest change is that we are no longer primarily is a zine. Although Bubblgeum and I have a blast doing the zine and creating content for your guys, we felt like a zine every month was just too time consuming for our vision of it. We wanted it to be a promotional project for us and for other creators, but we were spending all of our time creating it instead of promoting things. Our zine will still exist, but it will now be released only every other month and, with any luck, will feature more contributor content than before. The first issue of this "phase 2" zine will be released next month, August 2017.
The second part of that is that all of our zine content will now be free. We still have to charge for the physical editions because they cost money to produce and ship, but subscribing to the digital edition no longer costs anything. On a similar note, we're now aimed more at providing resources and content to creators. If you're still interested in lending your financial support to the project, please consider becoming a Patron.
Finally, you may have noticed that there has been a huge site renovation. Bubblegum did a great job updating our graphics and I've been working really hard to find a site layout capable of capturing the scope of what we're trying to do. You'll notice there are still a lot of pages "coming soon" in the layout. Those things will be coming soon and will include awesome things like information about our projects, who we're partnering up with, and a wide variety of resources intended to help make creating easy and fun.
We have noticed that, even with as long as it took us to get this up and running we are still getting site traffic, and it has been deeply appreciated. Knowing that we still have supporters out there kept us going, and that work is finally starting to pay off.
There will be more news coming soon, so in the meantime feel free to browse the new layout and get in contact with us, let us know what kind of stuff you'd like to see. You should also check out our new submission guidelines and considering sending in a piece either for our gallery or for the August issue of the zine.
Last Friday we surprised you with an ultra special edition of the zine to let you know that we are back in business. We know that there was a long, unexpected hiatus between that issue and the one that came before it, and so we wanted to explain what was up with that, as well as some upcoming changes in how we run things and what some of our long-term goals are for the zine.
Our absence was because we both got swamped with stuff at the same time. Normally when one of us gets busy the other one is there to pick up some of the slack with the zine work, but when both of us our busy it's just really, really difficult to put out. Bubblegum is back in art school learning awesome things for the zine, and I, Toxic, moved across the country.
Until we're able to expand our efforts and get a couple more people on the team, it may not be practical to put out a zine every month. Getting more team members is something we've talked about, and it's one of our long-term plans - which I'm going to elaborate on a little bit right now.
The zine is just a starting point for us. We've been running it for one year and despite having ups and downs (as with any long-term project) it's not our intention to stop here. This first year has been a lot of us collaborating and promoting our work - which is great, but we want to do more. We want to promote other creators and start a convention circuit and eventually somewhere down the road we want to become a press so that we can not only pay contributors for the zine every month and make our publications of their work official, but so that we can release additional cool things like themed anthologies and publish indie comics and so much more.
Of course, we're going to need a lot of help to do that, and we've just started taking steps in that direction.
Our first step is going to be to switch over from selling subscriptions here on the site, to setting up a Patreon page. For those of you who don't know about Patreon, it's this great site that allows people to sponsor creators. Since we're not sure that we're going to be able to do the zine every single month, we've set up a "per project" pay option to our Patrons. While we'll still going to strive to put out a monthly zine, this gives us a little more leniency in months where things come up.
You can still buy subscriptions from us here if you prefer, but they're slightly cheaper on our Patreon account AND they come with cool things, depending on what tier you decide to pledge. It's described in more detail on the page itself, which you can find here:
Toxic Bubblegum on Patreon
On this page you can also find out more about our goals and how we're going to allocate the money we raise for this project. We're still working on setting it up and ironing out the kinks, but pretty soon it will be all polished up and looking its best.
We just want to thank everyone again for your support and your interest in our project.
We will be back soon with more updates as they come along and answering questions that anyone has about our transfer to the new site.
Toxic and Bubblegum.
We cannot predict the future. When we started the zine it seemed like a stroke of good fortune that our 13th issue of the zine (for which we intended to theme “thirteen) fell in a month that happened to have a Friday the 13th in it.
Alas, things seldom work out as intended.
This is not our thirteenth issue of the zine, it is our eighth. The second half of 2016 was a rough year for everyone, ourselves included. Celebrity deaths, the rocky political climate, the constant disappointment of things from the media - it was just a rough year. It was bad luck for us that the struggles of the world came at the same time as so many overwhelming personal shifts.
Bubblegum, in addition to working, is now going back to school for important art things. Toxic, in addition to pursuing publication, moved across the country. It very nearly could have been the end of this zine, and the creative journey that it represents. With all the other things going on in our lives and the world, it would have been a lot easier just to call it quits and blame it on the bad luck.
But we’re not doing that. We’re not abandoning this. We’re not abandoning you. We refuse to give up on this project, on ourselves, or on all the people who have supported us and who we in turn would like to support.
Today is Friday the 13th, a day which embodies the idea of bad luck and superstition. Anyone who has tried to juggle personal projects around their obligations in the real world will probably know how bad luck can affect those in creative fields.
It is with great honor and excitement that we bring you this special, feature-length issue of Toxic Bubblegum, dedicated to bad luck. You almost won this time, but we’re better.
We also want to send a special thank you to everyone who has stuck with us during this unexpected and long absence. We are back, and we have missed you.
-Toxic and Bubblegum.