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    We're looking for your help!

    HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO WRITE OR ILLUSTRATE A COMIC FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE?

    WELL,

    http://scarycaravan.blogspot.com/
    http://limited-release.com/
    http://www.3millionyears.co.uk/
    http://www.darkriverpress.com/
    ARE GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO DO JUST THAT.

    Get your work in front of thousands of potential online readers, this Free Comics Book Day.

    What we want to do is create a four-page online comic for Free Comic Book Day, andwe want YOU to create it. This project is about giving writers and artists exposure via our blogs through collaboration and social networking.

    Each blog will host a single page of the comic. At the end of each page, the reader will be directed to the next page that will be hosted on one of the other blogs, and so on.

    For each page of comic their will be one writer and two artists chosen.

    All you have to do is register your interest through one of our twitter accounts or leave a reply below, and tell us whether you are a writer or an illustrator.

    We are not going to disclose the genre of the comic to be created yet.This is how the selection process will work.

    1. Writers and Artists register their interest via twitter or any of the four blogs mentioned above.

    2. After a week of registration, we randomly select one writer and two illustrators per page.

    3. We then contact the randomly selected writers, who are then given a small brief.

    4. The writer has 10 days in which to write one page of story.

    5. Once the scripts are received, they are then checked and sent out to the illustrators to create the visuals. The illustrators have 14 days in which to create the pages.

    6. The artwork is then emailed to Jason James (http://scarycaravan.blogspot.com/), who will then put the pages together.

    7. The pages are then submitted to each of the blogs, who will then host them on Free Comic Book Day.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2012 edited
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    How about paying the writers and artists you are trying to get to drive traffic to your sites?

    Just clicked through all of them. Post after post with zero comments. Only one of them contained anything hat gave me any idea what kind of traffic it already saw, something like 3000 page views per month back in November. That isn't large enough to make "exposure" a benefit.

    Anyone doing comics work could put it on their own site "for the whole world to see".

    If you are being respectful of the efforts of indie creators you will offer to pay them for creating click driving content for your sites.
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    To be honest - my site - 3MillionYears is something I run for the enjoyment of comics, yes I have Project Wonderful and affiliates on my site, but they barely cover my hosting, and that doesn't bother me.
    This is something I personally wanted to get involved in as something a little extra to the people who do read my site. (I've always though my stats were ok, but it never really bothered me)
    If you're interested in joining in then great, but if not, don't worry.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2012
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    The thing is, even the way you are presenting this, the benefit is all to you and your readers. What do the writers and artists get out of it for their work, which is not an insignificant expense to them in time and effort?
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    I do see what you mean, and it's not intended to come across that way. I see it as more as the 30 Character challenge which many people participated in.
    I know a few people who just want to do it for the fun of it and aren't bothered about that side of it. I thought I would post here to see if anyone wanted a go!
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
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    @oddbill - How is it different than the R/R threads here or the several compilations that have come out of this place (i.e. Weaponizer/the Out of Place book/upcoming Getting There book)? Sometimes (read: a lot of times) smaller sites don't have money to pay. So what, they should not be allowed to try ideas like this? Even if they can get willing contributors? If you're a pro, go elsewhere, throw your hat into the ring with other pros and by all means get paid. If people want to contribute to something like this, let them.

    And I know this is a hot button issue but, c'mon it's not like they're contracting a frigging magazine out of these people at a pay-ya-later price point, it's one page. Warren Superjesus Ellis does the same exact thing in his 3 panel blog comics and ThisisWarrenEllis.com photos.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
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    Warren has only ever asked for 3panels, or one image, and having that go up on his site actually is real exposure.

    R/R's here are a game open to volunteers.

    The compilations from this place are what they are. I don't know to what degree anyone who participates in those can expect any kind of return. But I get the impression that they are group generated efforts for the most part, not someone saying "give me your work for free so I can drive traffic to my website with it."

    The way the thing being described in the post at he head of this thread is proposed, your work is explicitly being solicited to be used to drive traffic to all the involved sites. All the benefit goes to them. You get none.

    "Have you ever wanted to illustrate a comic for the whole world to see?"

    Just do it yourself, then, and put it up on your own. Nothing stopping you.

    I suppose it may be the tone of that post as much as anything that just rubs me the wrong way.

    But it doesn't matter whether they have a magazine or a couple of websites. They are stating right out that they want you to give them work to drive traffic to them. The honest thing to do is offer to pay you something. Surely the four beneficiaries can scrape together a page rate. It's only 4 pages.

    Professionalism is behavior, not a state of being. You are professional in as much as you respect each other's and your own efforts.

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