Industry Elites Added As Judges for Webcomic Contest

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Hey guys, hope you're working hard on your entries. Looking forward to some good competition!

Spinwhiz, I have a quick question if it's OK. I've finished one strip so far, but the 650px width is a little, how should I say, restricted. I've drawn it in a large resolution, but re-sizing the image really depletes the quality.

Obviously the contest submissions must still be 650px wide, but what I want to know is if we win, is there any way we can submit strips at say, 800px wide? This would be a lot more comfortable in terms of quality. Obviously I understand if page restrictions don't allow this, but would, I don't know, hyper-linking the image to a larger resolution be an option? I.e. 650px wide on the main page, but click on it to get one 1000px wide.

I know you've mentioned height, but I was just wondering about width. Thanks for your time!

Furrama:

Furrama:

pooryohei:

Furrama:
That's all fine and dandy sir, but you didn't specify that on the contest page. I'm rather ticked off now that I've already submitted my comic that has been posted on dA, (seen by few), and now I can't submit anything else. I'm sorry I didn't read though this whole discussion thing and didn't stumble upon the comment first. Being disqualified without being told the rules isn't a fair game. (end tiny rant.)

Perhaps you should have read the rules a little more carefully. Seeing as under the heading General Rules in bold blue letters there is a short list, the first item on the list saying:

Webcomics submitted to The Escapist Webcomic Contest must be the exclusive property of the contest entrant and have never before appeared or been broadcast in any form anywhere.

I believe that it is safe to assume that when it says "...never before appeared or been broadcast in any form anywhere." That includes Deviant Art.

Ah, I see it. I'm sorry guys, I just didn't see it before. I take back the spittle, sorry sorry.

In any case, I'd still like to re-enter and try again under the rules. Do I need to make a new account?

Spinwiz, you didn't answer my question, and you ignored this post in your previous post. What do I have to do to re-enter legitimately at this point?

You are all set to re-submit now.

Satoshii:
Hey guys, hope you're working hard on your entries. Looking forward to some good competition!

Spinwhiz, I have a quick question if it's OK. I've finished one strip so far, but the 650px width is a little, how should I say, restricted. I've drawn it in a large resolution, but re-sizing the image really depletes the quality.

Obviously the contest submissions must still be 650px wide, but what I want to know is if we win, is there any way we can submit strips at say, 800px wide? This would be a lot more comfortable in terms of quality. Obviously I understand if page restrictions don't allow this, but would, I don't know, hyper-linking the image to a larger resolution be an option? I.e. 650px wide on the main page, but click on it to get one 1000px wide.

I know you've mentioned height, but I was just wondering about width. Thanks for your time!

Our site actually uses 650 as the greatest width possible BUT that doesn't mean that after signing a contract you can't make it greater than 1280, which will allow you to extend more vertically on the page.

Spinwhiz:

Our site actually uses 650 as the greatest width possible BUT that doesn't mean that after signing a contract you can't make it greater than 1280, which will allow you to extend more vertically on the page.

OK, well the strip is only 300px tall (sometimes 600) so I won't need to go any further down the page. I suppose those are things to talk about after contracting. Thanks for the reply!

Thank you! But it's still not letting me, it still says that I've already submitted. I cleared my cache just in case that was the problem. Should I pm Paulgruberman about it or wait a while?

well looks like its time for the time travelling prat Doctor What?!? to make his debut (for the record, i came up with that idea BEFORE the chuckle brothers did!)

I have several ideas for comic strips but one of them involves Left 4 Dead/Left 4 Dead 2, which includes the original cast of characters along with some of my own.
Would I be able to use that so long as I give credit to the original owners/creators?
I have had this come up in a previous contest before, but was allowed to do so.
If I can't use it it's really not that big of a deal I just wanted some info on it prior to upload.

so how do we enter if there is more then one person involved? and should we watermark the strips with our names?

Spinwhiz, my heart goes out to you.

Anyway, good luck to all. I'm submitting my entries next week once they're done. Scripts have been written, "pencils" have been laid. I'm fortunate enough to be rocking a tablet laptop :D

My name is Vincent Gray, and I've been making web comics for a while now.
Doing two comics a week is a lot, seeing most webcomic artist only produce one per week.
When I first started I could only make one per month, but it gets easier every time.
Please ask your self can you continue writing two jokes a week? Can you produce your art quickly? If no then it may be to soon for you.
I fear the one that dose get the job will burn out of ideas quickly.

I will be entering and for a sample of my work heres my deviant art page.
http://vincent0gray.deviantart.com/

o/

What I couldn't find is the answer to this particular conundrum; if somebody does win but decides they don't wish to sign once a contract has been drawn up, for whatever reason, does the entrant still hold all rights on the comic/characters/idea to publish it elsewhere, as if they had lost?

Apologies if this has been asked already.

Best of luck everyone.

sounds cool, I'm definitely going to enter.

Well, since folks are posting character design samples.

s69-5:

Onyx Oblivion:
I can write, but can't draw to save my life.

I have the opposite problem...

Nice pic ^^

gnarwhalstudio:
Well, since folks are posting character design samples.

Sorry about the double post, but the link works now.

Ah, damn, I really wanted to enter this contest until I read this bit in the small print:

"Webcomics submitted to The Escapist Webcomic Contest must be the exclusive property of the contest entrant and have never before appeared or been broadcast in any form anywhere."

Dammit, I've already got a small video game/general pop culture web-comic up on DeviantArt that I really wanted to enter... I guess I'll just have to come up with a new idea in the next couple of weeks.

Oh well, I guess if anybody still needs an artist to work with, here's a link to my dA page;

http://kmadden2004.deviantart.com

Hope your character design pictures don't cause you guys to be disqualified because of the "Webcomics submitted to The Escapist Webcomic Contest must be the exclusive property of the contest entrant and have never before appeared or been broadcast in any form anywhere." rule.

I wouldn't have risked it but maybe I'm just over cautious.

@pooryohei I was thinking the same thing, but the wording seems to stipulate that the comic strip itself in its finished, submitted form cannot have appeared before on the internet. Even still, it's not such a stretch to modify the characters as they appear here a little to make them legally different from their appearance in the comic, no?

Yeah, I just totally wasted the text portion of my entry (the part where you're supposed to explain what you're "trying to portray") because I thought it was a question box... Who put the submission box right below the bold print "Questions? Comments? Concerns?"...

Its probably because I'm blind, but I definitely mistook it for a question box, not realizing this forum existed.

EDIT:

Also, seeing as it wasn't a question box, I guess I'll ask here: what exactly is meant by "brand"? I guess I would have an easier time figuring out what to do for it if I knew what it was for. How will it be used and why does it have to be square?

Spinwhiz:

Vanguard1219:

Spinwhiz:

Archemetis:

Spinwhiz:
Webcomic Contest Now Live!

image

The Escapist presents its first ever Webcomic Contest!

Beginning today, February 1st, The Escapist will be accepting submitted user-created webcomics and granting one lucky winner a grand prize of a webcomic contract with The Escapist.

If you're an artist, illustrator or talented writer and want to submit a webcomic to The Escapist's Webcomic Contest, click here on how to proceed.

The Webcomic Contest will be accepting entries until noon on February 28th. Good luck!

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I have no idea if it's been asked already but it's bugging me, What's the policy on art work that's already been uploaded to a site like DeviantArt, which isn't so much publishing as it is an online portfolio?
Will I be allowed to submit such artworks or will I be required to remove it all from that site beforehand? (considering it's all my work)
Or if I'll have to create an entirely new idea all together.

If you have posted the work you are submitting ANYWHERE, you cannot enter it into this contest. While can appreciate what DeviantArt offers to people with an art portfolio, we want your NEW ideas, not stuff you have been working on. We want to show the world for the first time, right here on The Escapist and let everyone we know to come check it out.

The spirit of this event is for new art, which shows us what you are capable of putting together within a month but also shows us if you are able to draw up 2 comics per week and if we can rely on you.

We know there are a ton of great writers and artists out there but bring us the new and awesome from your arsenal. If others have already seen it published anywhere, it's not new enough.

Along this same premise does that also extend to rough sketches and proof of concept for something that hasn't fully been fleshed out or developed yet but has still been posted elsewhere?

Yes, that would extend to sketches and proofs as well.

Crap, I found the wordage that stipulates that sketches and any related stuff is included with "submitted content". I don't see how, but fair enough.

Seeing as the "sketches and proofs" clause was specifically noted in the forum already, and that the offending parties are posting sketches and proofs where this was noted, I think we probably just lost a couple entrants.

Maybe the mods will bless them with a second chance and pull the images, wagging a stern finger. Or maybe... it'll be a different sort of finger they get.

Redafvir:
o/

What I couldn't find is the answer to this particular conundrum; if somebody does win but decides they don't wish to sign once a contract has been drawn up, for whatever reason, does the entrant still hold all rights on the comic/characters/idea to publish it elsewhere, as if they had lost?

Apologies if this has been asked already.


Here's one of the concepts for our entry, we're just starting work on the frames now. Episodic/story-driven all the whahay.

Best of luck everyone.

Spectacular Image ^^ very well drawn

I think a few people are over reacting. The "No previous submissions of art" rule appears to me to be in place to stop people using comics that have been conceived or created prior to the competition start date. I can't see how one image posted on the forum of the competition holders is going to effect the legitimacy of an entry.

I'm really disappointed that all I can do is send images. I wanted to give them a complete rundown on my idea.
So that they'll know what the comic's is about, were I'm taking it, future scrips for the comics, why I think it'll sell, and a bit of my resume.
I've done a lot of plaining in the background to make sure that I can keep my comic fresh, original and funny.
Is there a place I can send this information? Should send them a letter though e-mail, or just forget it.

Pixelkiwi:
I think a few people are over reacting. The "No previous submissions of art" rule appears to me to be in place to stop people using comics that have been conceived or created prior to the competition start date. I can't see how one image posted on the forum of the competition holders is going to effect the legitimacy of an entry.

If we consider a "rules as written" approach, it means disqualification. I would also consider that treatment relevant in terms of professionalism. They are looking for a future contributor, after all. I'm not saying they should be disqualified, but I couldn't really argue if it happened.

V Gray:
I'm really disappointed that all I can do is send images. I wanted to give them a complete rundown on my idea.
So that they'll know what the comic's is about, were I'm taking it, future scrips for the comics, why I think it'll sell, and a bit of my resume.
I've done a lot of plaining in the background to make sure that I can keep my comic fresh, original and funny.
Is there a place I can send this information? Should send them a letter though e-mail, or just forget it.

There's a box on the Contest Rules Page, near the bottom, labeled 'Special Information.' You're supposed to put that information there. Although they request "a brief description of your comic entry" rather than a pitch and a resume.

gnarwhalstudio:

Spinwhiz:

Vanguard1219:

Spinwhiz:

Archemetis:

Spinwhiz:
Webcomic Contest Now Live!

image

The Escapist presents its first ever Webcomic Contest!

Beginning today, February 1st, The Escapist will be accepting submitted user-created webcomics and granting one lucky winner a grand prize of a webcomic contract with The Escapist.

If you're an artist, illustrator or talented writer and want to submit a webcomic to The Escapist's Webcomic Contest, click here on how to proceed.

The Webcomic Contest will be accepting entries until noon on February 28th. Good luck!

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I have no idea if it's been asked already but it's bugging me, What's the policy on art work that's already been uploaded to a site like DeviantArt, which isn't so much publishing as it is an online portfolio?
Will I be allowed to submit such artworks or will I be required to remove it all from that site beforehand? (considering it's all my work)
Or if I'll have to create an entirely new idea all together.

If you have posted the work you are submitting ANYWHERE, you cannot enter it into this contest. While can appreciate what DeviantArt offers to people with an art portfolio, we want your NEW ideas, not stuff you have been working on. We want to show the world for the first time, right here on The Escapist and let everyone we know to come check it out.

The spirit of this event is for new art, which shows us what you are capable of putting together within a month but also shows us if you are able to draw up 2 comics per week and if we can rely on you.

We know there are a ton of great writers and artists out there but bring us the new and awesome from your arsenal. If others have already seen it published anywhere, it's not new enough.

Along this same premise does that also extend to rough sketches and proof of concept for something that hasn't fully been fleshed out or developed yet but has still been posted elsewhere?

Yes, that would extend to sketches and proofs as well.

Crap, I found the wordage that stipulates that sketches and any related stuff is included with "submitted content". I don't see how, but fair enough.

There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law... The legalities are there because they have to be, it's the world we live in. If they really want your comic and it was born for this contest The Escapist will make it happen.

I uploaded it to Twitpic today, I drew it up a few days ago. How are we supposed to agree on a ruling like that? While the image itself isn't going to be the comic, even though it was created specifically for the contest, the characters depicted will. The rules as written seem to state specifically "submission" as in the actual final submission cannot have appeared anywhere else in any form which would make sense. TEM surely wouldn't want to publish old material (old in this sense being made and posted online before February 1, before the contest was opened and announced). What I don't get is why rough sketches and character concepts that are components of our contest submission can't be posted.

Today at 15:39 EST I posted a picture depicting two characters side-by-side, drawn on 2/9/2010. I subsequently linked its page to this forum where we're kicking around ideas and hair-splitting questions about legal jargon. About 3 hours later, after poring through the thread again, I found where Spinwhiz explicitly states that "sketches and proofs" are part of the stuff that cannot have been published online and I immediately deleted the picture. It had around 20 views at the time, likely from Twitpic's public timeline and a few users on this thread.

I want to point out again that on the contest information page says, "Webcomics submitted to The Escapist Webcomic Contest must be the exclusive property of the contest entrant and have never before appeared or been broadcast in any form anywhere." A webcomic has characters; a plot, beit long or short for the purposes of a joke; and panels, and my image simply has one of those things. I would like to submit that an image of 2 characters designed specifically for my contest submission does not constitute a webcomic that has appeared in any form before the opening of this contest. Furthermore, and I know that having linked the image to the forum thread that rules against it invalidates this stance but the contest page simply doesn't stipulate sketches and proofs, and the entrant isn't required to read this forum to see all the fine distinctions we've forced Spinwhiz to make. The winner might not have ever gone onto the thread to see what we've all had to say about the contest and might have posted a few concepts on his Facebook page. What then?

My questions boil down to these:

1. Can I get a reprieve based on the case I've made above?
2. Is my submission disqualified because I've shown other people characters that I've designed for it?
3. Can I repurpose my submission to have modified (read: legally different) designs of the characters depicted in the image I linked?
4. Or am I 100% totally disqualified and not allowed to enter anymore?

I'm flexible enough to be able to redraw some characters, that's not what bothers me. I feel like I have a shot and I don't want to miss out because of something trivial like this.

I think gnarwhalstudio should get a second chance to submit.
Rylan on the other hand isn't helping his cause any by repeatedly violating the previously established rule. Not smooth sir.

I would like to politely request that a small addendum be made to the official rules noting that sketches and proofs, not just proper comics, count against the publication rule. I think there's been enough confusion to suggest the usefulness of such clarification.

@gnarwhalstudio: Spinwhiz seems to be a pretty understanding (and, separately, inhumanly patient) guy. Since someone else already made the mistake of submitting something previously posted and was allowed a reprieve, I don't think it's out of the question for your well-presented and well-argued request to be acknowledged. I've been checking this thread pretty regularly and I never had a chance to see the image. You had the sense to do everything you could to correct the error as soon as you realized it. I hope you stay in the race.

gnarwhalstudio:
[...] While the image itself isn't going to be the comic, even though it was created specifically for the contest, the characters depicted will [...] Can I repurpose my submission to have modified (read: legally different) designs of the characters depicted in the image I linked? [...]

Have you already submitted your entry?

If not, and you're willing to redesign your characters for your submission, then what you posted are technically NOT characters that will be utilized for your comic, and do not affect your eventual submission.

In short, if you haven't submitted your entry yet, and redesign the characters, you can't be disqualified for posting that image. It's just some picture you drew.
(Although if you seriously wanted to use those models in the comic, you could still ask to be allowed to use them. Even that has a shot.)

No, I have not submitted my entry yet. I am working feverishly on it, though. I plan to have it in by next Friday. I know I have all month, but the aim of the contest is to find a person that can churn out quality work twice a week. If I can't get it done in two weeks, or miss my self-imposed deadline by more than a few days, I have no business trying. Anyways, thank you Jimothy and Pooryohei. I thought I might have just been spouting nonsense, but I'm glad others are seeing my point. I'm literally shaking from excitement/panic right now.

Yes, Spinwhiz is incredibly patient. He must be a parent.

I also want to point out that while Rylan isn't helping the case, he's been able to, over the course of the day, make three single-panel comics with four characters and some relevant commentary in his dialogue. Points to him.

Finally submitted mine. I hope I win. It'd be really great if I won.

Okay, I've been browsing this thread looking for an answer to a question that may well have been posed before. If that's the case, I'm sorry for wasting everybody's time.

I've just submitted some comic samples: is there any way of recalling them in case I realise a dreadful error in their appearance or typeset at the last minute?

Also, I have put some of these up on my blog before now. Am I correct in assuming that doing so violates the contract? Obviously, my website is not a source of income for me, so that would not lead to any kind of commercial competition, and in the (perhaps unlikely) event that I win, the aforementioned website could be taken down in order to better satisfy The Escapist's need for exclusive content.

Speaking of exclusivity, I recall that when I began to prepare my comics for submission, the legal agreement stated that The Escapist would enjoy "non-exclusive rights" regarding the publishing and distribution of entries. In other words, that this website could enjoy the property of the free content being handed to them by the contest entrants, but would not be able to prevent distribution on other websites. Having combed over the agreement again (after having submitted my entry) I can find no such qualification anymore. Is that still the case?

Obviously, I do not wish to sound alarmed, or unfairly demonise this website, but could someone please clarify the exact property rights following the competition? Who can use the comics? Just you, just me, or both of us?

Oh, also: I re-sized the comics to a 650px width. I think this is a perfectly decent size to work in, but because the comics were made to be read at a larger scale, the text is now a slightly squinty font size. It's still easily legible, but not what I'd call attractive. I suppose my question is - does this count against us? Are we judged centrally on the art and content of the comic (with the understanding that such font formatting issues can be reevaluated later) or will this be considered a slight on the foresight of the artist?

pooryohei:
I think gnarwhalstudio should get a second chance to submit.
Rylan on the other hand isn't helping his cause any by repeatedly violating the previously established rule. Not smooth sir.

I'm just doing what I do best ^_^ making wave; and last time I checked controversy still gets attention... and I can't remember now, are websites still in the business of wanting attention? (and quite frankly this is about as harmless as controversy gets, at best I am only digging my own grave ^_^)

Luigis are a cruel people.

Earlier post with the sketch [which wasn't going to make up part of the final frames and was simply a concept piece] rectified. Was going off the main feature page rules and not a reply in a 6-page forum thread when I posted it.

jimothy_:
I would like to politely request that a small addendum be made to the official rules noting that sketches and proofs, not just proper comics, count against the publication rule. I think there's been enough confusion to suggest the usefulness of such clarification.

^ good point

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