I am moving discussion of the proposed journal to this thread, as it deserves a proper thread of its own. I've been chewing the matter over, and here's a preliminary sales pitch of sorts. I'll be finalizing it and posting it on Wellesnet proper as well, once I have it more sharpened up. In the meantime, tell me what you think, and any further suggestions you have...
I've given it some thought, and it seemed like a great name for the journal would be The Orson Welles Almanac
, both because of the previous Welles projects with that name, and because it seems an appopriate name given the journal's aim and scope.
Here are my thoughts: The Orson Welles Almanac
will be a twice yearly journal looking at the life and works of Orson Welles. As long as it relates to Welles in some way, no topic (probably) is too broad. Articles of all stripes are welcomed, be they academic or generalist in nature. Articles can be as long or short as they need be, since this is electronic in origin and we don't have a page count to meet or exceed. Perhaps one issue of each "volume" or year could be a theme issue, focusing on a given topic/film/issue. Coverage of recent events in Welles matters will be included also, such as reports on important screenings, book reviews, new video reviews, letters and so on.
The journal is, initially, to be a free electronic publication made available in a printable PDF format. Maybe if I or someone else someday has the inclination, and people want to pay for it, it could move to actual print format, but that is getting WAY ahead of things. Each issue will be archived on Wellesnet for newcomers. An electronic mailing list will otherwise be established in order to send each issue to those who sign up when it is ready. The list would be used for nothing other than mailing the journal out, so no worries about spam.
Submission guidelines: all suggestions, queries or submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
(this email won't be active until 6/24, so don't use it till then). Preferred file format is MS Word, and the Chicago Manual of Style is the preferred writing style guide. Works of all kinds will be welcome, as long as they have relation to Welles, his career, or his work. Obviously, we want to cover some new ground in looking at Welles' work, and readers are presumed to be fairly familiar with said work, so keep that in mind when writing. Biographical works are probably not the best choice, as this ground has been covered several times already, but as with anything, if it is presented in a new and/or interesting light, we will certainly consider it. Naturally, please provide citations for all sources cited. All rights would be retained by the author; there is no payment for articles, obviously, as this is done solely out of interest in Welles work.