current status: production

updated 05/02/2021


About


Memorabilia is an archaeological for-profit fanzine featuring illustrations, concept art, written documents, fiction and non-fiction, inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


The focus of Memorabilia is to imagine how life used to be in some of the several ruins we come across while wandering in Hyrule, from the tiniest hamlet in North Akkala to the great structures in the Gerudo Desert.

The zine aims at exploring the past of Hyrule, that is mostly left unknown in Breath of the Wild, through several different mediums in art and literature.

Guidelines


Contributors are asked to create a full original piece for the zine. The theme is archaeology in Hyrule, in the Breath of the Wild era.


The zine will be divided in 3 disctinct sections:
> Places to live (e.g. Lanayru promenade, various villages ruins, Hyrule castle town, exchange places)
> Technical zones, scientific and military (e.g. ancient royal lab, observatory, wooden structures in Gerudo canyon, ancient tech labs, Akkala’s fortress)
> Religious/temple-like places (e.g. 7 heroins statues, forgotten temple, springs of power/courage/wisdom, ancient columns, tarm point, eastern abbey)


As the zine focuses on Breath of the Wild, there’s no need to reference/use previous Zelda games. You’re totally free to use you knowledge from previous games to create your piece, but the most important is to have fun and be creative! Telling a story with an in-game point of view is strongly encouraged, whether in art or written submissions!


Also, please keep in mind that, as an archaeological anthology, Memorabilia tends to showcase environments, structures and objects, but also the forgotten civilizations who used to populate Hyrule. The zine celebrates their heroes and beliefs, but also the daily lives of humble individuals. There are so many stories that are left untold! Therefore, contributors are asked not to focus only on characters who are already major figures of the game (e.g. the champions, Link and Zelda, King Rhoam, etc.).


Though the zine does not claim to be 100% canon, submissions must stay coherent with the lore and universe of Breath of the Wild. Contributors are asked not to use AUs and statements that goes against known in-game lore.


You can find more information on the about page, and in the FAQ. If you have any other question, do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] or through our tumblr inbox

Schedule


  • Sun, Aug 16th 2020 - Interest check open

  • Sun, Sept 20th 2020 - Interest check close

  • Fri, Sept 25th 2020 - Contributors apps open

  • Mon, Nov 2nd 2020 - Contributors apps close

  • Sun, Nov 15th-16th 2020 - Acceptance e-mails are sent

  • Sun, Dec 6th 2020 - Check-in 1

  • Sun, Dec 27th 2020 - Check-in 2

  • Sun, Jan 24th 2021 - Final pieces due

  • Wed, Jan 28th 2021 - Preorders open

  • Wed, Mar 17th 2021 - Preorders close

  • May 2021 - Zines start shipping (due to COVID-19, delays may occur)


Please keep in mind that this is a tentative schedule. Dates are subject to change.

If you have any question, please e-mail us at: [email protected]

FAQ


Q: What is Memorabilia?
A: Memorabilia is a fanzine, born from a growing passion and an endless interest for Breath of the Wild and its mysterious open-world. Learn more about the project on the about page!


Q: Why “Memorabilia: an archaeological BotW zine”?
A: Breath of the Wild is based on the concept of memories, yet we don’t know much about the past of the dozens of ruins we stumble across while exploring Hyrule. "Memorabilia" evokes these decaying structures, last vestiges of a past worth remembering, yet long-forgotten.


Q: What are the zine specifications?
A: International A5 portrait (14,8cm x 21cm // 5,8in x 8,3in). Perfect bound, printed in full colors. 120 pages.


Q: What will I find in the zine?
A: The project is meant to be a kind of archaeological anthology about Hyrule’s past in Breath of the Wild. Using various mediums and in-game points of view is strongly encouraged! Here’s a non-exhaustive list of what you can come up with:

Full illustrations
Sketchbook-looking pages (from [fictional] archaeological observations and researches)
Illustrated researches/speculations (concept art-looking) on what could’ve existed before/why it existed. Could be props, places, speculations about how people used to live (based on current vegetation, shape of houses… archaeological stuff, right?)
Fictions depicting events from the past, either long-form or flash fiction
Fictional written documents, such as: letters, diaries, notes, books, etc.
Testimonies, interviews of NPCs (e.g. Impa/Paya, Pikango, Kass, Purah, Robbie, Jiahto)
Non-fiction, essays, articles or archaeological theory-ies

The focus is on the environments and objects, but also on everyday people who used to live there and make these places alive. The zine aims at imagining and telling the stories of these forgotten civilizations rather than keeping the spotlight on a few well-known characters of the game. Find more on the guidelines page and the about page!


Q: What’s the schedule?
A: You can find it in the schedule section! Please keep in mind that this schedule is susceptible to change!


Q: How many contributors will there be in total?
A: The zine features 28 talented creators! 8 writers, 17 in-zine artists and 3 merch-only artists. Learn more about them on the contributors page!


Q: Is this zine for profit or for charity?
A: The zine is for profit. This means profits (what remains after production and shipping fees are completely covered) will be used to compensate contributors.


Q: How will I be compensated for my participation?
A: Every contributor will receive the digital copy of the zine, and if we reach enough sales, the physical copy as well. Profits will be distributed among contributors.


Q: What is the expected selling price?
A: Like most zines, we are expecting to offer different tiers, therefore price will vary. However, we will do our best to keep it affordable (15-40 USD price range).


Q: Who is running/editing the zine?
A: Pocketwei and Meta. We met through the Rebirth Dilemma zine, a 120 pages Evangelion fanzine run by Meta in 2019, to which pocketwei contributed. Learn more about us on the editors' page!


Q: What qualifies you to run a zine?
A: Besides participating in fanzines before, pocketwei has done production management for different projects, including a short film. Meta ran Rebirth Dilemma in 2019, and the Onigiri Miya zine in 2020. We both are perfectionist and thorough persons, and also two organization maniacs.


You still have questions? Feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] or to ask on our Tumblr!

Contributors


The Memorabilia zine features 28 contributors: 17 in-zine artists, 8 writers, and 3 merch-only artists.

Find more about the contributors down below!


Editors


Meije (pocketwei) is a background and concept artist, a bit too interested in ruins and other decaying, sinister things. Hunting Lynels and bullying guardians is their part-time job.


Meta is a sentient potato who spends too much time reading philosophy and trying to make words work. They shamelessly dance along every time they give Hetsu Korok seeds.


Artists


Aliana is an illustrator who loves color, cake, and cartoons. Her cat owns her.


Bella is an illustrator, also studying graphic design, who enjoys making Link suffer through blistering heat in the Snowquill set because 'it's what looks coolest'.


Dav (nukedav) is an artist who works very hard & thinks very hard about everything, including this bio


Night queen Evelyn Jade is a character design and background artist. Loves Gerudos and hauting evil castles.


Hedge (st-hedge) is a confused duck that fell down a drain and can’t get out. Help.


Jenn is a wild creature bound to libraries, immersed in books, trying to establish communication with the silverfish, considered by some true protective spirits of papers capable of revealing great lost knowledge. Ink enthusiast.


Lisa is an art student who likes cute things, fun ideas, and lighting videogame chickens on fire! One of these things is not like the others.


Lucky is an aspiring Concept Artist for video game design and has a keen eye for detail and eye-popping colors. Her passion (and 900+ hours of gameplay) for Breath of the Wild drew her into this inspiring project!


Mare is not great at backgrounds but enjoys the pain that comes with painting them! Being a bio and history enthusiast, ruins and abandoned places are free sources of happiness for them.


Morniæ is a freelance illustrator and comic artist. Their work's main focus is put on the depiction of science-fantasy universes and their inhabitants (mostly elves). With a special interest for mystery, decaying worlds and technologically advanced ruins.


Ren is a layout and background artist from the Canadian prairies. His first Zelda games were Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, which he and his younger brother would trade off when a boss or puzzle was too hard.


Sandflake is a lost possum who grabbed a tablet pen in their teeth and somehow scrabbled into this zine. We don't know how they got here but they promised to make up for it, they'd draw us something.


Seiraheron is an illustrator, history lover (with undying phase on cold weapon). Big fan of Breath of the Wild, especially zora and tabantha regions.


Shannon (lilmoonart) is an archaeology student and hobbyist artist who plays way too many video games :^)


tzi is a graphic designer and concept artist, who specialises in having a vast inventory with .5 weapons at all times


Yooci is an illustrator and aspiring storyteller. She has a passion for drawing silly expressions and frogs in her sketchbook.

Merch artists


Alina is a queer illustrator and comic artist from India. Their work is inpired by vintage pin ups, old school anime, and high fashion. When not drawing or working on zines, they enjoy watching long winded video essays and researching Russian prison tattoos.


Ji loves to draw colorful and happy things that make them happy.


Loki is an artist and graphic designer who spent too much time exploring BotW's map instead of beating the game.


Writers


Fen is a writer enamored with the quirky behavior of bokoblins, adventuring with Wolf Link, and playing amateur Zonai theorist. It's the little background details that make them happiest; the kitchens in Hateno houses, one-liners from child characters, and hearty radishes growing in exactly the right places.


Guppy is a fanfiction author with a penchant for introspection and lots of deep, angst-filled concepts.


Kathryn is a writer and researcher with a fondness for fancy elves and mysterious ruins. They always cry at the end of Zelda games.


Kip is a writer and blogger for Botw Stories and Such, spending her days playing video games and analyzing the world of Breath of the Wild for a longer period of time than she'd care to admit...
A history nerd and a Gamer™ at heart, she loves RPGs, fanfics, and birds (can you tell what her favourite Botw race is?) while occasionally push the limits the games with a few glitches and tricks, if only to see the new ways to perfectly obliterate the nearest Lynel.


Maria Helena is a mixed race prose writer, poet, and visual artist. Her creative pieces range from the beautifully eerie, to the fantastically horrifying. She likes to world-build for fun and is a big fan of haunted houses.


Natalie Claire is a writer of poetry and prose. She likes making art, baking bread, and overanalyzing the subtext of every movie she watches.


Ophelia is a writer and a lifelong Zelda fan, her favorite game is Minish Cap!


WillfulAbyss is a fan of lore, the post-apocalypse, and the uncanniness of manmade structures reclaimed by nature.