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MAMMON MACHINE: ZEAL was founded in November 2013 and has grown into an online magazine of alternative and experimental comics and pop culture criticism.

Hi ya'll. I am ZEAL editor-in-chief and founder Aevee Bee. ZEAL was started as a very modest project to fund my own critical writing and make it sustainable, while providing a new venue for emerging artists and writers. Since then, ZEAL has grown tremendously beyond my expectations! It's a place where I get to regularly read the sort of writing I loved and missed from sites like GameSetWatch, Insert Credit, and Nightmare Mode. It's a place for original comics and illustration from our favorite artists. Crowdfunding allows managing editor J Bearhat and myself to pay real wages to our contributors in a world where that's getting harder and harder to find, and (we hope) will sustain this project, like the similar sites that got me my own start in games criticism, while remaining completely free to readers so everyone can enjoy our work.

We're interested in finding the value in the unvalued. We want the stuff that couldn't fit anywhere else.

Submission Guidelines


Pitches for original writing on comics, games, and pop culture.
Pitches for original comics (OPEN AGAIN).
Hybrid multimedia work.
COOL IDEAS????
ALL SUBMISSIONS GO TO: [email protected]

Due to the number of submissions we recieve, can't always reply to or accept every submission we get. Our apologies! We often will work with writers on pitches, especially if we like your work, but responses are not a guarantee of publication. Please check these guidelines thoroughly, as we're much more likely to respond if we can tell you read them and are on board for what ZEAL is all about.

What does a good pitch look like?
All pitches should describe the full scope of what you’d like to do (especially if it’s beyond what we usually do—but we absolutely love stuff like that so we encourage you to pitch it!) and why it would be interesting to readers and a good fit for ZEAL. If you've done some writing before, we'd love to see a link to it, too! Pitches should be no more than a paragraph in length, and let us know what is new and originalabout your topic, what your angle is, and what's interesting and exciting about it!

We like to hear about comics and games that are rarely discussed, but we'd also like to hear you discuss them in ways that are fresh and new too. ZEAL's had highly analytical features on Sonic Adventure's broken geometry and level design, and lyric essays on Tove Jansson's Moomin comics combining biography, personal reminiscence, and the author's own drawings.

We're really open to working with people who are new to writing or don't consider themselves writers, but we do want you have an idea of substance you can execute on. Familiarity with our magazine is a must for knowing what would make a good fit, so please at least skim through to get a sense of it.


What makes a good fit for criticism on ZEAL?
ZEAL does what other games criticism don’t. We’re interested in writing on games that are not generally the target of serious criticism; games that are too weird, too bad, too forgotten, and too anime. We’re also into writing that doesn’t fit in the bounds of what’s normal for games criticism—we like revisionist fanfiction and close readings of art and design by people who know what they’re talking about. We’re less stoked, but potentially still interested, in literary analysis of games or personal narratives involving games, because those forms of writing are well represented in many other places. We love to have personal angles, but we love those best when they're informed by understanding of artistic work too.

What makes a good fit for comics on ZEAL?

9/6/16 UPDATE: Due to our current backlog and budgeting restrictions, we're currently closed for open submissions on comics. We just have too many! Once we've gone through our current queue we will be reopening again for open submissions.

ZEAL loves anything short and oddly shaped that might have a hard time finding a home anywhere else. We love comics about games, but aren't only interested in that. We want comics that feel the same way ZEAL does; sustainable, diverse, smart, and extremely powerful.

What stipulations do you have for work that is published on ZEAL? Do I retain copyright?

We publish original work only (if it's previously published on your blog, it's not eligible unless you've done substantial revision . We retain no rights to it unless specified; we just ask we get to host it exclusively for a month, and to continue to host it on ZEAL's website.

We publish all of our work on Medium, so you’ll need a Medium account to submit, which is free and easily obtainable. After your submission is accepted, we’ll ask you to submit a draft that we will edit on there (while jumping through a few of Medium’s annoying hoops).

What do you pay?
We pay $100 for 2-3k words of writing (negotiable).
We pay $100-150 (negotiable) for original illustrations for promotion or article illustrations depending on your rates and our budget (we don't currently have open submissions for original art).
We pay $150-$200 (negotiable) for comics depending on your rates and our budget.
If you're doing something high ambitious and original (or would like to illustrate your own article) we can discuss applicable rates. If you're making something REALLY big, we'd prefer to scale down work or put that work in installments so that we can work within our monthly patreon budget (and give you a fair cut!).
Tiers
ZEALOT
$5 or more per month 56 patrons
Once a month, we produce special video content as a thank you for those pledging $5+ a month! These are more casual videos featuring members of the editorial staff, special guests, and generally a topic or game of specific interest, and follows a roughly podcast format of us playing through a few sections of a title while talking about our thoughts, our histories, our opinions, or even sometimes just general moods. They're fun, they're ideally funny and insightful, and they're a bonus add-on for helping us publish great games writing and comics!


Some sample clips from past episodes! 

ZEALOT #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRNc2vikoy0

ZEALOT #4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZpjy4W3C8U

ZEALOT #10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RizZK4XU9GI

ZEALOT #15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHao6obN8Ao


You can find more examples, including full versions of year-old episodes, on our YouTube channel! 

ZEAL, LOTS
$15 or more per month 4 patrons
Our new milestones include interviews!  At this tier, you not only get to ask us a question once a month, but you're also welcome to submit questions for upcoming interviewees. Please note this questions are subject to screening for appropriateness at discretion of the editors; furthermore, if we do not include them in our final draft, we will post the answers to our Patreon page! Upcoming interviews will be announced to anyone who pledges to this tier.
Goals
$646 of $700 per month
We can now afford to run two features (either games or comics focused) and a full comic a month, as well as compensating staff for their editorial and illustrative work.
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MAMMON MACHINE: ZEAL was founded in November 2013 and has grown into an online magazine of alternative and experimental comics and pop culture criticism.

Hi ya'll. I am ZEAL editor-in-chief and founder Aevee Bee. ZEAL was started as a very modest project to fund my own critical writing and make it sustainable, while providing a new venue for emerging artists and writers. Since then, ZEAL has grown tremendously beyond my expectations! It's a place where I get to regularly read the sort of writing I loved and missed from sites like GameSetWatch, Insert Credit, and Nightmare Mode. It's a place for original comics and illustration from our favorite artists. Crowdfunding allows managing editor J Bearhat and myself to pay real wages to our contributors in a world where that's getting harder and harder to find, and (we hope) will sustain this project, like the similar sites that got me my own start in games criticism, while remaining completely free to readers so everyone can enjoy our work.

We're interested in finding the value in the unvalued. We want the stuff that couldn't fit anywhere else.

Submission Guidelines


Pitches for original writing on comics, games, and pop culture.
Pitches for original comics (OPEN AGAIN).
Hybrid multimedia work.
COOL IDEAS????
ALL SUBMISSIONS GO TO: [email protected]

Due to the number of submissions we recieve, can't always reply to or accept every submission we get. Our apologies! We often will work with writers on pitches, especially if we like your work, but responses are not a guarantee of publication. Please check these guidelines thoroughly, as we're much more likely to respond if we can tell you read them and are on board for what ZEAL is all about.

What does a good pitch look like?
All pitches should describe the full scope of what you’d like to do (especially if it’s beyond what we usually do—but we absolutely love stuff like that so we encourage you to pitch it!) and why it would be interesting to readers and a good fit for ZEAL. If you've done some writing before, we'd love to see a link to it, too! Pitches should be no more than a paragraph in length, and let us know what is new and originalabout your topic, what your angle is, and what's interesting and exciting about it!

We like to hear about comics and games that are rarely discussed, but we'd also like to hear you discuss them in ways that are fresh and new too. ZEAL's had highly analytical features on Sonic Adventure's broken geometry and level design, and lyric essays on Tove Jansson's Moomin comics combining biography, personal reminiscence, and the author's own drawings.

We're really open to working with people who are new to writing or don't consider themselves writers, but we do want you have an idea of substance you can execute on. Familiarity with our magazine is a must for knowing what would make a good fit, so please at least skim through to get a sense of it.


What makes a good fit for criticism on ZEAL?
ZEAL does what other games criticism don’t. We’re interested in writing on games that are not generally the target of serious criticism; games that are too weird, too bad, too forgotten, and too anime. We’re also into writing that doesn’t fit in the bounds of what’s normal for games criticism—we like revisionist fanfiction and close readings of art and design by people who know what they’re talking about. We’re less stoked, but potentially still interested, in literary analysis of games or personal narratives involving games, because those forms of writing are well represented in many other places. We love to have personal angles, but we love those best when they're informed by understanding of artistic work too.

What makes a good fit for comics on ZEAL?

9/6/16 UPDATE: Due to our current backlog and budgeting restrictions, we're currently closed for open submissions on comics. We just have too many! Once we've gone through our current queue we will be reopening again for open submissions.

ZEAL loves anything short and oddly shaped that might have a hard time finding a home anywhere else. We love comics about games, but aren't only interested in that. We want comics that feel the same way ZEAL does; sustainable, diverse, smart, and extremely powerful.

What stipulations do you have for work that is published on ZEAL? Do I retain copyright?

We publish original work only (if it's previously published on your blog, it's not eligible unless you've done substantial revision . We retain no rights to it unless specified; we just ask we get to host it exclusively for a month, and to continue to host it on ZEAL's website.

We publish all of our work on Medium, so you’ll need a Medium account to submit, which is free and easily obtainable. After your submission is accepted, we’ll ask you to submit a draft that we will edit on there (while jumping through a few of Medium’s annoying hoops).

What do you pay?
We pay $100 for 2-3k words of writing (negotiable).
We pay $100-150 (negotiable) for original illustrations for promotion or article illustrations depending on your rates and our budget (we don't currently have open submissions for original art).
We pay $150-$200 (negotiable) for comics depending on your rates and our budget.
If you're doing something high ambitious and original (or would like to illustrate your own article) we can discuss applicable rates. If you're making something REALLY big, we'd prefer to scale down work or put that work in installments so that we can work within our monthly patreon budget (and give you a fair cut!).

Recent posts by Mammon Machine: ZEAL

Tiers
ZEALOT
$5 or more per month 56 patrons
Once a month, we produce special video content as a thank you for those pledging $5+ a month! These are more casual videos featuring members of the editorial staff, special guests, and generally a topic or game of specific interest, and follows a roughly podcast format of us playing through a few sections of a title while talking about our thoughts, our histories, our opinions, or even sometimes just general moods. They're fun, they're ideally funny and insightful, and they're a bonus add-on for helping us publish great games writing and comics!


Some sample clips from past episodes! 

ZEALOT #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRNc2vikoy0

ZEALOT #4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZpjy4W3C8U

ZEALOT #10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RizZK4XU9GI

ZEALOT #15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHao6obN8Ao


You can find more examples, including full versions of year-old episodes, on our YouTube channel! 

ZEAL, LOTS
$15 or more per month 4 patrons
Our new milestones include interviews!  At this tier, you not only get to ask us a question once a month, but you're also welcome to submit questions for upcoming interviewees. Please note this questions are subject to screening for appropriateness at discretion of the editors; furthermore, if we do not include them in our final draft, we will post the answers to our Patreon page! Upcoming interviews will be announced to anyone who pledges to this tier.