• buddyscalera

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    Do you you have questions about the 8-Page Challenge? Post them here and we will answer them for everyone.

  • philipspace

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    Just a few off the top of my head;

    1) Will the stories be based on pre-existing scripts, or will artists be encouraged to develop their own stories (or either/both)?

    2) I’m assuming that these stories will be original creations. Will fan-fiction or stories involving non-creator owned characters (Spawn or Iron Man, for example) be accepted, since no compensation will be involved?

    3) I have an (as-yet unpublished) 8-page short story that I’ve illustrated using original characters. Can I submit that, or is part of the challenge demonstrating ability to follow the editorial/production schedule (arguably just as important as demonstrating ability to illustrate)?

    Thank you for taking the time to answer these, and I look forward to participating!

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    Thanks for sharing your questions, @Philipspace. We’re happy to have you here with us.

    Your questions and my answers. I invite anyone on the council to answer as well. Here goes.

    1) Will the stories be based on pre-existing scripts, or will artists be encouraged to develop their own stories (or either/both)?

    Creators are encouraged to create something new with a partner. If you are able to write and draw your own comics, you may need to collaborate with an inker, a colorist, or a letterer. You can do it all yourself or you can collaborate. This is

    2) I’m assuming that these stories will be original creations. Will fan-fiction or stories involving non-creator owned characters (Spawn or Iron Man, for example) be accepted, since no compensation will be involved?

    Original creations and public-domain characters only. You will retain ownership of the characters you create.

    Here is a list of public-domain characters, if you want to explore that as an option.

    3) I have an (as-yet unpublished) 8-page short story that I’ve illustrated using original characters. Can I submit that, or is part of the challenge demonstrating ability to follow the editorial/production schedule (arguably just as important as demonstrating ability to illustrate)?

    Good question. New scripts only. Create something new and participate in the community experience.

    Thanks for noting the editorial/production schedule. It’s an important skill to develop and we’d like everyone to have a shared experience.

    This is “only” 8 pages. It will be a real challenge and a great learning experience for anyone who participates.

  • beauxboudreaux

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    I won’t be able to participate in the hangouts meeting. Is that a requirement? If not, how do I put my name in the hat as a letterer? I’m a writer, but I’m looking for more experience as a letterer.

  • buddyscalera

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    That’s a great question @Armond. We’re all going to need letterers, that’s for sure. Plus, it is a great skill to have, if you want to create comics.

    The answer is that we are going to create and moderate a board where creators can look for collaborators. We’re not exactly sure now to structure it and moderate it, but it’s coming.

    In the meantime, I’ll look forward to you participating in the conversation here. We welcome you to our community. 😀

  • diogorccarvalho

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    Hi. It´s really dificult for me to participate in the hangouts because of the diferent time (Portugal). Can i still participate?

  • redheadeded

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    You can totaly participate from anywhere in the world. If you can’t make the call, that’s ok we are working on posting videos and chat’s and there is always a couple people in the forums. We’d still love to have you in our community if love comics as much as we do. 😉

    Thanks,
    Erin (ASKA the Redheadeded)

  • evolver

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    Are there samples posted anywhere that show examples of what should be produced by the end of each week ?

  • redheadeded

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    @KS not yet… Buddy is working on this with the Council, we hope to have more solid examles as time goes on.. for now the story and team gathering phase is just begun.

    Think of your story as the elevador pitch. We just need to know the who, what, where, and why of your story. So we can get the right people teamed up for the right story. We will follow up before the end of the week with more guidelines and new instructional threads to follow. 🙂

    Thanks,
    Erin (AKA the Redheadeded)

  • george-dawkins-ii

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    I actually have a prepared script in mind for the challenge. It would be for my 4th comic issue. Is this acceptable, and if so could I work with my personal illustrator like I’ve done in the past?

  • redheadeded

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    @gdawkins2

    This started as a challenge to get people who are not normally creativly motivated to get something done, lighting a fire under their butt’s so to speak. We are hoping to get a bunch of people inspired to do new things they haven’t done before and possibly enter the world of comics that they haven’t been able to accomplish previously; as a writer, artist, editor, letterer etc.

    Because of that we are mostly looking for new ideas. I’m not sure putting a 4th or 5th issue comic fits with that goal, however that’s just my opinion, and I’d love to hear from the community if they agree? I don’t want to stiffle your ideas or works, that is the exact opposite of the goal. But the 8 page challenge is a beginner one at heart. So maybe see if there is a story or idea you have had in your back pocket for a while that might work for this instead.

    But again, that’s just my opinon.. Let’s see what everybody else thinks?

    Thanks,
    Erin (AKA the Redheadeded)

  • george-dawkins-ii

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    When you put it that way, I just dug up a story from my back pocket I made years ago that I’m willing to use for the challenge.

  • andresbriano

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    Hey Buddy and Council,
    Fantastic initiative! Kudos!

    A couple of questions from my end:

    1) When it comes to story, are we free to chose any theme/subject matter/genre? I assume there will be some guidelines as to what content you DO NOT want in it, right? Drugs, profanity, nudity, mullets, etc…?

    2) What are the mandatory specs? 8 pages, original characters or public domain and Standard US comic page are clear. What about these? Color and/or B&W accepted? Rating (All Audiences, PG-13, R, XXX)? Any other limitation?

    3) Has the total and final number of stories that will make the cut been decided yet? I assume that inclusion will be decided on merit by “judges”, correct?

    I await your answers.

    Cheers,

    Andrés

  • toddmatthy

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    How detailed should my story proposal be?

  • buddyscalera

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    Dear @Andreas:

    1) When it comes to story, are we free to chose any theme/subject matter/genre? I assume there will be some guidelines as to what content you DO NOT want in it, right? Drugs, profanity, nudity, mullets, etc…?

    We’re aiming for PG-13. While you can’t appeal to everyone’s sensibilities, we suggest you create your story to PG-13 standards. You can deal with a lot of themes in PG-13, but what you show on panel and off panel is usually what sets the rating. No nudity, no hate speech or propoganda.

    If you’re working on a biography of my high-school hairstyle, then mullets are fine. Otherwise, only for horror stories.

    2) What are the mandatory specs? 8 pages, original characters or public domain and Standard US comic page are clear. What about these? Color and/or B&W accepted? Rating (All Audiences, PG-13, R, XXX)? Any other limitation?

    8 Pages. Original chararacters or public domain characters. PG-13

    Standard comic book specs (details to be posted in our resources section; coming soon).

    3) Has the total and final number of stories that will make the cut been decided yet? I assume that inclusion will be decided on merit by “judges”, correct?

    We’re aiming to include everyone who participates, unless there is a need to remove a story. Since we’ll be preparing the final comic as a digital download, we don’t have a required page count for a printer or anything.

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    Dear @ToddMathy,

    How detailed should my story proposal be?

    Your story proposal will usually be about 1-3 paragraphs at most.

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    Dear @ToddMathy,

    How detailed should my story proposal be?

    Your story proposal will usually be about 1-3 paragraphs at most.

  • mrkylerose

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    Hey @buddyscalera, is there a specific sub-thread we should be posting each week’s stage of the challenge, or should we create a new one for that use?

  • andresbriano

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    Hey @Buddy,

    Thanks for your answer. 🙂

    As much as the prospect of working on a biography of your high-school hairstyle, in the horror genre no less, appeals to me… I’ll leave that for next year’s NYCC.

    Great news that there’ll be no filtering other than suitable content. You are giving us all a chance. Much appreciated. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Andrés

  • jholder12

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    Are we allowed to use some of our own original characters from our own IPs? Like, as a self-published author, I’d love to make a comic exploring other aspects of some characters I’ve created.

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