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  • thesurrealari

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    August 25, 2020 at 5:39 am
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    Here is another opportunity for writers and artists to create something for inclusion in the #8PageChallenge. @buddyscalera asked me to share this opportunity here, so I’m posting the details here for the community first, so here is the call. Please ask any questions in the thread.

    What: Comic Book School invites writers to submit illuminated flash fiction pieces, which will be included in the #8PageChallenge anthology. Each story will run opposite a full-page illustration, drawn either by the writers themselves or by artists within the Comic Book School Community. Writers are encouraged to find artists on the create.comicbookschool.com message boards. The community will also attempt to pair interested artists with participating writers, although we cannot guarantee a match.

    Word Count: 250-500 words

    Genre: Open, all ages

    Deadline and schedule:Deadline extended Monday, September 14: draft, outline, or concept due to artist and to be posted on the message boards; Monday, September 21st: final story and art due.

    Notes: 1.Artists and writers are encouraged–but not required–to post additional updates on the message boards throughout the process. 2. Writers and artists who are participating in the 8 Page Challenge can work on one flash fiction piece as well, thus each artist or writer can contribute to one story in each genre.

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  • kpei137

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    August 28, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    this is great now I just need to figure out how to get my story down to 500 words and then I’ll be able to submit an outline and look for an artist

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  • buddyscalera

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    August 29, 2020 at 2:39 am
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    I’ve found that it’s easier to tell a short, unrelated story @videogamingtalkblog. I’ll be writing something up to tell a side story with my characters.

  • kpei137

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    August 29, 2020 at 2:40 am

    cool, I will work on that when I get some free time

  • george-dawkins-ii

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    August 31, 2020 at 8:30 am
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    I know I’m like a week early but I wanted to submit this draft I just finished. This is another story idea I have based off a short story I wrote for one of my English courses during my sophomore year of college. That short story was over 3500 words so it was a bit challenging to shorten it but I felt like it would be the most appropriate for a flash fiction. Please let me know your thoughts on it.

  • george-dawkins-ii

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    August 31, 2020 at 8:32 am
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    It’s attached here

  • artsmermaid

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    September 2, 2020 at 9:21 pm
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    I’d love to do a piece 🙂

  • george-dawkins-ii

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    September 3, 2020 at 1:52 am
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    Are there any artists who’d be willing to illustrate my story?

    • redheadeded

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      September 15, 2020 at 9:05 am
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      @gdawkins2 — Did you find an artist? If not let me know.. I like your stuff, I’m busy but I’d love to help out. 🙂

      Thanks,
      Erin, the Redheadeded.

  • thesurrealari

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    September 3, 2020 at 7:58 am
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    I am considering a few concepts, depending on the artists who are interested: Sci-Fi post apocalyptic, involving the ruins of NYC landmarks like the Metropolitan Museum and the NYPL central branch; Comedic fantasy in the vein of Terry Pratchett; Horror involving a wishing well.

    Artists, let me know if any of these strike your fancy…

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    I am considering a few concepts, depending on the artists who are interested: Sci-Fi post apocalyptic, involving the ruins of NYC landmarks like the Metropolitan Museum and the NYPL central branch; Comedic fantasy in the vein of Terry Pratchett; Horror involving a wishing well.

    Artists, let me know if any of these strike your fancy…

  • redheadeded

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    September 7, 2020 at 1:27 am
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    Ok, here is a link (Prolog) to my entery.. I will be getting in contact with Cathy soon to see how best to cut this WAY down as it is a prolog to a much longer story and hopefully someday a full fledged comic book series in it’s own right. I will have the drawing posted by Friday.

    @gdawkins2 your story sounds really interesting, I am hooked to hear more!
    – Also I am available after this week if people need help with things, I respond quicker on slack and discord, as I’m super/doopey slow on the message boards sorry for that.

    Hope to see you guys (online or around the internet) soon. 🙂

    Thanks,
    Erin, the Redheadeded

  • thesurrealari

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    September 7, 2020 at 8:31 pm
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    Here are the ideas I’m working on in a bot more detail. As I mentioned before, the one I end up doing will depend on the artist with whom I, eventually, work. Artists, please let me know if you’d be interested in drawing any of these ideas.

    Idea #1: This is a horror story based on a short twitter story I wrote. The original story is about 50 words, so I would have to expand it, but it gives an excellent outline for the story. I’ve received a lot of positive reaction to the story. It was read on a podcast for flash fiction. I think it would work nicely with an illustration that borders on classic horror and fairytale.

    A forest so verdant it must be enchanted; an old well so deep she could not see the bottom; a wish made in haste; a coin thrown in anger.

    Later, from the comfort of home, she hoped it wouldn’t come true, but, deep down, she knew it was too late.

    Idea # 2: Fantasy/Western. The story starts with two wizards facing each other across a dusty road, in the classic, spaghetti-western gunfighters stance. “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us. It follows the classic tropes: tumbleweed across the road, squinty-eyed stare-down, the townsfolk battening down the hatches, etc. At noon, the clock strikes noon. At the 12th chime, they draw their staffs, and shoot. The magic from one hits the other, with all the pulpy description one would expect, and then–and here’s the twist, the wizards, still connected by the magic, start moving away from each other as everything in the town doubles–two saloons, too general stores, two post offices, two sheriff’s offices, etc–until the town is double the size. Now, the town IS big enough for both of them.

    Idea #3: Horror-ish: The Devil’s biggest regret is giving his music to Robert Johnson down at the crossroads. Life in Hell is hard, and the guitar used to be his escape. Now, Lucifer has the blues, but he can no longer play them.

    Idea #4: I have a number of narrative poem, and I’m considering two of them for this project. Now, the word-count would have to be smaller, since poetry takes up more space on the page, and if we want to restrict this to just flash fiction, I could do one of the previous three ideas. I’m not going to post a complete poem here, since it would count as being published and I therefore would not be able to submit them elsewhere if i decide to go with another idea, but I’ll post the first stanza of two different poems.

    Poem 1–Classic Scifi

    The sentinels protect us
    From danger from above
    They have no sense of duty
    They have no sense of love
    But their programming’s infallible
    We know, our leaders said
    It better be, ‘cause if they fail
    We will all be dead.

    Poem 2- weird horror

    The monster lives inside of me
    Deep inside my heart
    You think I’m being figurative
    But, really, I am not

    Poem 3- Scifi

    We live in peace and harmony
    ‘neath our alien overlords.
    Life is pretty grand here
    —Really—
    (Hail the Zords!)

    Anyway, let me know if you’re interested in drawing any of these. I can bang the ideas out pretty quickly once I’ve selected one.

  • thesurrealari

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    September 7, 2020 at 8:50 pm
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    ICYMI: The deadline for the initial draft has been extended by a week. You now have until Monday, September 14th to form teams and commit to the project. The final deadline remains the same.

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    ICYMI: The deadline for the initial draft has been extended by a week. You now have until Monday, September 14th to form teams and commit to the project. The final deadline remains the same.

  • thesurrealari

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    September 15, 2020 at 2:55 am
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    Bumping up the thread one more time. Writers get your ideas in; artists check out the ideas to see if any catch your interest.

  • redheadeded

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    September 15, 2020 at 9:03 am
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    OK, I’m not sure how late submitions can be turned-in, but here is mine.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GMI0R64CwxsDrS0HCUQnouvzZGVPrgYoBhJm8WsgMXQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Please let me know if that works, I have never written anything so short before. Working on the drawing for this week.

    Please let me know if you need anything else for this.

    Thanks,
    Erin, the Redheadeded

  • mikedoestheart

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    September 15, 2020 at 9:12 am

    @thesurrealari – I love your story of the two wizards dueling — if someone hasn’t thrown their hat in the ring for that one, I’d love to work with you on that concept!

  • thesurrealari

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    September 15, 2020 at 9:31 am
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    @MikeDoesTheArt Definitely. Looking forward to working with you.

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    September 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm
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    Looking back on the thread, it appears we have 5 entries:

    @redheadeded is illustrating her own story, so she should be all set to go.
    @Mikedoestheart is illustrating my story, so we’re also all set to procede.
    @buddyscalera do you have someone illustrating your story?
    @Gdawkins2 and @videogamingtalkblog were searching for artists at last check in. @artsmermaid wanted to illustrate a story, so she should hook up with one of them.
    That means we need one, and possibly two more artists. Let’s try to pair up some teams so that all these stories can be included in the anthology.

  • kpei137

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    September 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    May have to take a back seat this time around, I haven’t done anything in regards to the 8 page or 1 page challenge as of late because school has taken most if not all of my brain power. If anything, I will submit for next year if/when we do this challenge again because now I know what my limitations are. I will be cheering everyone on though from the sidelines. If any artists want to hear what my story is about though I am willing to share that but right now I am going to bow out of both challenges until next year.

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