And Here We Go......

by Judy Gex August 18, 2014

Welcome to the new Zen Dragon Gallery site! Please take a few minutes and read this post. It will explain a few important things about the new site.

We're opening the site with a limited number of items... pretty much what was available on the Zen Mystic Studio site with a couple of other older prints added as examples of the things listed in the rest of this blog post. We're being cautious before we load all of the items that are ready so we can test the site first. This is new store software and we're still learning. We hope there will be no glitches, but if there are, we'd like to catch them before we have 300+ items up. 

How the site is organized
Prints are organized by year, studio name, and other "Collections" as listed on the left hand sidebar found on most pages. The search engine will pull up items that have the word you search for in the title, keywords or listing info. It's pretty easy and a few times clicking on stuff should give y'all a good idea of how to find what you want.

Because there will be so many items in the store, I've set it up so that all variants of a print that has previously been sold in one of our stores will be under one listing for that print. I've added a couple of older prints to illustrate this so y'all can look to see how it will work. New print releases with variant options will be listed as separate items to prevent any confusion. Once the initial drop has been done, any remaining print variants will be condensed down to one listing. 

Print options might include any of the following - SN, AP, AE, PP, SE, Handbill, uncut, Scratch & Dent, paper or ink color variants. Items that have more than one option for purchase will have a drop down menu with all the options listed. Be careful when ordering not to get the wrong option, as I will ship what is on the invoice. The options will be clearly defined using the abbreviations listed below and in the print info where I feel further explanation necessary. I won't do exchanges on mis-ordered prints, so be aware of that when you order.

Abbreviations for editions
We have used a variety of different marks for prints over the years. There were always reasons why we did so, whether it was to differentiate between the band's prints and ours or otherwise. Where there are multiple options for the same print (and there will be on a lot of posters), there will also be different price tiers based on the number of prints available. Here's a list of some of the abbreviations you may encounter:

SN - Signed and numbered
AP - Artist Proof
AE - Artist Edition
PP - Printer's Proof
SE - Subscription Edition
UC -Uncut Edition

Sale Items
I will run various specials on different items. There will be "Easter egg" deals on a few prints. You might find these while going through listings, hence the "Easter egg" label. For example, if you order one poster at full price for a band, you might find a print for the same band to add to your order for $10. Please don't try to order the $10 print without meeting the stated requirement. I will take the deals off the site if it becomes a problem. At present, no sale items are in the listings that are up. They will be added when I upload the bulk of the listings next month.

Scratch & Dent  
I decided to add all Scratch & Dent items to listings as I have time and can go through them. I won't announce those additions to the store. I will try to take pictures, but some flaws are difficult to see in a picture. Many of the S&D items are close to mint. I would never sell something with a flaw in the print area without a pic or adequate description, but there may be listings where I do not have a picture of the flaw(s). You'll have to trust that I've made a qualified assessment and decided on a fair price for the item. The following verbiage will be on all listings with a S&D option:

• The Scratch & Dent option is for damaged prints from editions. These prints are not mint condition, but image area is fine unless otherwise clarified. Due to time constraints, we will not always be able to describe each S&D print individually or take pictures for most of them, especially if there are multiples. Edge and corner damage is to be expected in the margins of the prints listed without a description. Any creases or damage in the print area will be noted in the listings. 
We list them at what we consider a fair price. Sales on S&D prints are final. 

I will try to add as much info to each listing as time allows, but with as many items as I am putting into the store, there may be info that's missing or incomplete. After the bulk of the store is up, I'll go back try to add more info to some listings.

Items that currently say "Sold Out" may at some point have prints available for sale. I will add those prints as time allows.  Emails or messages asking me when I will be adding any particular prints will not be answered because the answer is "I don't know." 

There are approximately 300 more items already input and ready to be turned on in the store once we've made sure everything is working properly.  Those will be added in mid November after the Panic drop has been shipped.  There's still a lot beyond that 300 left to be input... yes, there will be some items pulled from the archive and at some point, we will start to add uncut sheets, prints from other artists, pins, clothing, books and anything else that's not nailed down in the studio.

Be sure to sign up for our mailing list if you would like to get our announcements via email. If you were on a previous DCS email list, you will need to re-opt in for this one. We are very careful with our list and we do not send a ton of notices. However, since there are going to be some specials and hard-to-find prints being listed over the next few months, this will be the best way to know when we add items to the store. Since the numbers on some items are going to be very limited, this will be the best way to have a chance to get one. Purchase will be first come, first served.

Like all new stores, there may be some quirks. If you find one, let us know. Always happy to have that input!

Love and Rockets,

Judy Gex
Judy Gex


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