STARDUST ✧ TIDES

Stardust Tides is a for-profit zine project dedicated to the romantic relationship between Tartaglia "Childe" and Aether
from Genshin Impact.

Their story is like a wonderful and shining stardust that rests on the waves of the ocean, letting itself be enveloped and becoming a magical and overwhelming whole, that takes your breath away.

general guidelines

✦ All applicants must be at least 16 years old at the time of the application.
✦ Everyone can apply for more than one role, but will be accepted for only one of them.
✦ Check that all provided links are accessible. If that's not the case, we won't reach to you and ask for other links.
✦ Provide a portfolio consisting of 3 to 10 pieces of your work.
✦ Contributors retain the rights to their works and can re-distribute them, but only after pre-orders close. Sharing unauthorized WIP during the process creation is prohibited.
✦ Genshin Impact and/or ChildeAether works are not required, but is encouraged!

By sending your application as a contributor, it means you've acknowledged, read, understood, and agreed to the terms and the schedule of the project and you will dedicate yourself to the zine's timeline and everything related to your position. Otherwise proven, will lead you to diqualification.


contributor apps close in


    mod apps

    ✦ All candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the application.
    ✦ Everyone can apply for more than one role, as long as you're sure you have the time and the possibility to commit to them.
    ✦ All candidates should be conscious and understand the level of responsibility and time that participating in a zine requires.
    ✦ All candidates must provide some sort of experience (past fanzine or IRL) to showcase their skills and qualifications to moderate a team.
    ✦ All candidates are expected to have a Discord account and a social media with DM access (preferably Twitter).

    By sending your application as a moderator, it means you've acknowledged, read, understood and agreed to the terms and the schedule of the project and you will dedicate yourself to the zine's timeline and everything related to your position.


    time until contributor apps open


      graphics

      ✦ Candidates for this role must have a portfolio or equal reference that shows examples of your experience.
      ✦ Candidates are expected to be active part of the Mod Team of the zine, participating with opinions and thoughts in discussions.
      Graphics Mod role should cover:
      Taking care of the branding and visuals for social media accounts of the zine.
      Art templates, moderators, guests and contributors spotlights.
      Pre-Order and Merch presentation graphics.
      Collaborate in duo with the Layout Mod, in order to produce a consistent branding for the fanzine project.


      writing

      ✦ Candidates for this role must have a portfolio or equal reference that shows examples of your experience.
      ✦ Candidates are expected to be active part of the Mod Team of the zine, participating with opinions and thoughts in discussions.
      Beta/Writing Mod role should cover:
      Supervise Writer contributors throughout the entirety of the project.
      Communicate with Writers for beta reading and verify they respect word limit, giving advice or suggestions.
      Proofreading and check for no typos in final drafts.


      finance

      ✦ Candidates for this role must have a portfolio or equal reference that shows examples of your experience. A reference from a previous Mod Team you worked with is greatly appreciated but not mandatory.
      ✦ Candidates are expected to be active part of the Mod Team of the zine, participating with opinions and thoughts in discussions.
      Finance Mod role should cover:
      Managing the general accountancy of the fanzine
      Calculating all costs throughout the production phase of the zine
      Ordering items from manufacturers (zine, merchandise, packaging materials). This might be done in duo with the Head Mod if needed.

      If you also have Production/Shipping Mod experience, we highly encourage candidates to apply for both positions (for matter of efficiency), but do keep in mind the workload will be more demanding!


      merch

      ✦ Candidates for this role must have a portfolio or equal reference that shows examples of your experience.
      ✦ Candidates are expected to be active part of the Mod Team of the zine, participating with opinions and thoughts in discussions.
      Merch Mod role should cover:
      Supervise Merch contributors throughout the entirety of the project.
      Communicate with Merch contributors and verify they respect the specs of their pieces


      production

      ✦ Candidates for this role must have a portfolio or equal reference that shows examples of your experience. A reference from a previous Mod Team you worked with is greatly appreciated but not mandatory.
      ✦ Candidates are expected to be active part of the Mod Team of the zine, participating with opinions and thoughts in discussions.
      Production/Shipping Mod role should cover:
      Packaging and shipping orders

      If you also have Finance Mod experience, we highly encourage candidates to apply for both positions (for matter of efficiency), but do keep in mind the workload will be more demanding!


      schedule

      This is a tentative schedule for the zine. Please keep in mind that it may be subject to any changes due to unexpected events.

      EventDate
      Project Launchoct 13
      Interest Check & Mod Appsoct 23 - nov 7
      Mod Apps closednov 7
      Mod Apps resultsnov 10 - nov 11
      Interest Check closed (extended)nov 13
      Interest Check resultsnov 16 - nov 17
      Contributor Appsnov 20
      Contributor Apps closeddec 27
      Contributor Apps resultsjan 2 - jan 3
      Pitches confirmedjan 10 - jan 11
      1° checkfeb 20
      2° checkmar 21
      3° checkapril 27
      Final Piecesmay 30
      Pre-Ordersjuly 1 - 31 july
      Productionaugust - september
      Shippingseptember - october

      mods team

      ✧ Bluajisai

      She/Her || Organizer - Head Mod

      Hi! I'm Blu and I'm an incurable ChildeAether lover!
      The inspiration and emotions that this couple make me feel are indescribable.
      They are such a precious couple and I am very determined and ready to give my all for this zine!

      ✧ Itoshi

      She/Her || Artist - General Mod

      Hi! I’m Ito, French hobbyist artist, Genshin Impact enjoyer and local Lore Guru!
      As gifted at understanding Tartaglia’s fighting style as he is talented at holding his bow decently, I still like him a whole lot since the release of his story!
      And his relationship with Aether is incredibly soft and endearing.
      That’s why, when Blu called my name, I ran to join the team! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

      ✧ Qsan

      She/Her || Layout Mod

      Hello everyone! I'm Qsan, a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. This is my first participation in a fanzine. I'm so excited to help this amazing project and giving my contribution as layout artist. I'm a 1-year Genshin player, Klee lover and Traveler supporter!
      I can't wait to see ChildeAether's community showing love and support for this couple.

      ✧ J

      She/Her || Writing - Beta Mod

      Hello! I'm J and I love all forms of Childe/Aether. I have been in a dozen zines as a mod and/or a contributor, and my other Genshin writing mod experience includes Teyvat World Tour, an idol AU zine, as well as Sacred Blossom, a Yae zine.

      ✧ Noct

      She/Her || Shipping - Production - Merch Mod

      Hello all! I'm super happy to be here and help make this lovely project a reality!
      I'm still (im)patiently waiting for a genshin switch port!

      ✧ o

      She/They || Graphic Mod

      Hello, I'm O!
      I was invited to this project by Blu.I saw how much passion and love put in into this project and decided I would like to be part of it.
      Everything about this zine and the ship it's focused on is just soft and adorable! c:

      ✧ Marina

      She/They || Finance Mod

      Hello all, I'm Marina!
      I fell in love with this project's concept and aesthetics, and I'm so glad I get to be a part of it!

      ✧ UKA

      She/Her || Translator Mod

      Hi! I’m Uka and ChildeAether is one of my favorite Aether ships!
      They have so much to explore to them!


      faq

      What is a zine?
      A zine is a collection of creative works such as illustrations and writings, made out the interests and passions of fans.

      What is theme of this project?
      Stardust Tides is a zine that will focus on the relationship between Tartaglia and Aether, inspired by their interactions in-game, their meetings and quests.

      The zine will follow the different regions currently available in game, plus an AU section:

      • Main Story Quest - reference to the main story, when Childe appeared for the first time in game and interacted with the traveler.

      • Mondstadt Quest - reference to the first re-run banner during the Windblume festival

      • Inazuma Quest - reference to the second re-run banner and the dungeon quest Labyrinth Warriors

      • AU - exploring different alternative universes in the past, present or future.

      Will this zine be for-profit or for-charity?
      This project will be for-profit. Once we've confirmed production cost, and covered correlative bundles, any remaining proceeds will be split evenly among all contributors after we hold leftover sales.

      How will contributors be compensated?
      Each contributor is guaranteed to receive a free digital copy of the zine at the very least, but we intend to give contributors a full bundle including all merch for free, depending on pre-orders!

      What are the zine specs?
      If possible, we would like to aim for a physical zine with digital and physical merchandise.

      • 40 - 50 artist (subject to change)

      • 7 -8 writers (subject to change)

      • 8.5 x 11 inch

      • Perfect Bound & Full Color

      Is traditional art allowed?
      Yes, we accept traditional submissions. We require to provide a clean scan with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or higher.

      Can we include other characters beside Childe and Aether?
      Other characters can be included in the illustration but the main focus should still be ChildeAether.

      Will you do international shipping?
      Yes, international shipping will be available.
      Some restrictions may apply based on country.

      Will NSFW be accepted?
      The overall rating of the zine will be SFW. NSFW is not allowed.