The twice-monthly article covering news, contests, and other happenings all around the deviantART Emoticon Community. We will also feature interviews, art features, and more. This zine is a collective work of many emoticonists. You can see our full staff list, as well as find additional information on emoticon community events by visiting the official zine group #Emotizine.
Note this is our first zine article, so things are still a bit experimental and we may have missed an item or two. Don't be alarmed. Be sure to follow us over the next few weeks as we broaden our features and get things settled.
EMTC Time! by =^SparklyDest
Deadline: January 30th
Future Contest by ~Phlum
Deadline: February 2nd
Winter Contest by #BounceEmotes
Deadline: January 16th
Emote Expression Challenge Project by ~Phlum
Rooms Project by ~D-Kiddo
Birthday Calendar Project by `BlissfullySarcastic
Dragon and Kitty Challenges at #ChallengEmotes
The Calendar Collab by `Krissi001 has been re-opened.
The Love Project by *BabyRuca
2012 Project by ~Nice-Spice
The Nominations for the Emote Awards have been announced. To see the list and learn how to cast your vote, see this article.
So I Herd U Liek Features - Vol 1 by `Synfull
Emotiviews 12 - Interview with ~Sailor-Pikmin
Emotiviews 13 - Interview with =Kyramy
`Krissi001 has announced that two groups are available for adoption. #Emoticon-Projects and #Emoti-collabs are in need of new Founders. If you are interested, check out this journal for details.
Section Editor: ~EternalxRequiem
Hello there! I would like to take a moment to tell you about some emoticonists who have commissions available.
!brunliek - Avatars, emotes, stamps and custom banners from 3-30 points. Check out her page for more details.
=happy-gurl - Cake Avatars for 10 points each. Please visit this journal for details. All other commissions are currently closed.
~Nice-Spice - Llama avatars, slime head humans and big emotes from 8-40 points. Please check out her journal for more information.
~EternalxRequiem - Bottle emotes for 15 points. Please visit this journal for more details.
=pixiepot - Avatars, stamps and literature tags for 5-25 points. Visit her journal here.
~timothymh - Commissions are still open. Emotes, stamps and icons from 5-20 points. Visit his page for more information.
New emoticonist, =happy-gurl sure has impressed the emote community with her epic pixel work and emoting skills, as well as an original emote OC. She sat down with #Emotizine for an interview. Here's an excerpt, you can find the full interview here!
In general, what do you like most about the emoticon community?
I like that the emote community is so tight-knit Everyone knows everyone, and newcomers aren't snubbed but instead are helped to become better
What changes would you like to see to the emoticon gallery and the community?
I would like some of the inactive emoticonists to come back
The Emoticon Community Spirit Initiative began in October 2011. The idea was to have a different emoticonist every week host an event to help get them and other members of the community more involved.
Reservations for hosting in the first half of 2012 are now being taken. If interested, please check out this page
One of the most prominent emoticon groups on dA is #Emotication. It is considered *the* resource for those wanted to start creating emoticons or expand their skills. #Emotizine sat down with founder, `Synfull, for a Q&A about the group. This is an excerpt. The full interview can be found here.
Tell us a little bit about #Emotication What is the purpose or goal behind the group?
#Emotication is a resource and tutorial group for the emote community. It aims to host a wide range of links to information about anything someone might need to know about emotes – programs to use, how to animate, what contests exist etc. It’s basically a one stop hub of knowledge for new emoticonists or just people interested in the emote community.
About how many resources does the group feature?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I used to keep a running total but it’s been a while since I did major work on the group I’ve lost track. A quick count of the page suggests approx 280 tutorials, 110 base packs and 380 news article links.
What is your favorite part/section of #Emotication.
Hmm, I think it would have to be the news article list. Having written a range of news articles myself and being a fan of other news series I find it a really useful resource to be able to look back through and find a link to an article written up to 3 years ago. Equally it’s a great way for emoticonists that have since left to continue to pass on their knowledge to current generations.
We asked a member of our staff to pick one of their fave recently submitted emotes and tell us what they liked about it.
~EternalxRequiem says... "The detail on this is amazing and I love all the movement. =Web5teR has such an attention to detail. I also really like those clouds as well as the ship. The shading on the ship is great. Definitely check out the rest of =Web5teR's gallery."
Coming Next Issue:
More emoticon community goings on, including a report on the now independent emoticon teams.