Sunday, April 29, 2007

Making Comics

No, I'm not talking about Scott McCloud - YET. That post is next.

I'm talking about a couple of chances for fans to make comic books.

Comic Maker, a software suite, is now partnering with the fine Brits of Dr. Who, to give fans a chance to make their own Dr. Who comics. And the software download looks to be free! But, it looks like, at the moment, you have to be in the UK to get the flash to work. The press release says:

"The Comic Book maker will feature all the top monsters, characters and settings to create any Doctor Who story you want to tell.

Doctor Who re-creator Russeel T Davies will aid comic book creators by talking you through each step of the build process.

Fans can even create a character based on themselves, by uploading a picture of themselves and adjusting and cropping the image."

Click here to read the press release, or here to go directly to the Dr. Who comic maker link.

5 lucky Emily the Strange fans will win the chance to help create scenes for the next issue of the Emily comic, due this fall. According to that press release:

Cosmic Debris [the publisher] is looking for members of the public to tap their inner ghoul by designing and submitting a chilling scene that shows imagery of Emily or her cats walking on the Strange Side of Life & Death. Open to all, Emily buffs can visit to create, vote, review and view the entries (as a free registered member or a guest).

The five winners will have their designs featured in the next edition of Emily's comic book, "The Death Issue," which will be available in stores September 2007. The first place winner will receive a full-page spread in the issue, with second to fifth place winners each receiving a quarter-page spread. All winners will also receive a mention on the website, a signed Emily TPB comic, note pads, stickers, a deck of cards and an Emily Bendy figure.

Click here to go to the Brickfish site.

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