Marvel Motion Comic Contest
September 22, 2009

Aniboom and Marvel are holding a Motion Comics Competition. The grand prize winner will get $10,000 and have their work posted on marvel.com.

Motion Comics Contest

Using provided audio and images of the Hulk, Wolverine, or Nova, contestants assemble seven pages by October 5. If the “Aniboom community” votes your entry one of the top 50, you get a free one-year subscription to the Marvel digital comics site. The rest of the rules are a little hinky — all the dates are listed as “on or around”, and the main page says the grand prize winner will be announced on both November 16 and November 23. Anyway, five finalists will be picked on October 19 (four by “a panel of Marvel judges”, one by the “community”), and they will get $2000 and two weeks to finish their motion comic before the grand prize judging.

There are also one or two wildcard finalists, picked by the judges, “who independently complete their original submission.” So even if you don’t win any money, you can still work for Marvel for free! Isn’t that great? In that way, it’s typical of these contests — the company gets a lot for not very much money (in their eyes), one or a handful of lucky fans get a token payment in exchange for losing all rights, and most of the entrants just gave away their work for nothing. But so long as you know what you’re getting into… I’m told digital sharecropping is the way things work online now. And really, what are most people going to do with a partially completed Marvel motion comic anyway?

There’s a whole lot of rules, of course, including that you can only use provided content, nothing else (that way, there’s no ownership quibbles); that it’s all property of Marvel Entertainment; and that your entry “may not be used or displayed commercially.” So if you run ads on your blog, don’t post your entry!

You also can’t mention any other properties or movies or actual people or be derogatory about the companies or characters or just about anyone or be “sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, gratuitously violent, self-mutilating, discriminatory, illegal, offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing”. Whew! Those Must Nots just gave me a ton of ideas. I do like this FAQ entry, at the very end:

Do I need special software…?

No. We’re looking to see how you imagine bringing a comic book to life, so it’s up to you to figure out how you’ll do so. Whether you use free software or custom software, take stop motion images of the pages, or just cut out the characters and mount them on popsicle sticks, the choice is up to you!

I want to see Marvel popsicle comics!

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THE BEAT » Blog Archive » Marvel and Aniboom launch contest to find the D.W. Griffith of Motion Comics writes:  

[…] Draper Calrson has a more cynical view: There are also one or two wildcard finalists, picked by the judges, “who independently complete […]

Terry J writes:  


You have seen this, then, right? From the Will Eisner Estate (the Carl is, I think, Carl Gropper):

Hey Guys,
Digital audio books are no longer restricted to cassette tapes and can be downloaded to almost any computer, mp3 player, or cell phone. Besides being a great time saver, they are used by many blind people and people with limited eyesight. While considering that, think about how audiobooks could be used for Comics and Graphic Novels? Help by posting your ideas on the new Audiobooks topic in the Forum! The person with the best idea will win a FREE Signed and Numbered hardcover copy of one of Will Eisner’s Children’s books.


Any ideas will become the property of Will Eisner Studios, but if anything comes of your idea we will donate auudiobooks to the non-profit organization, Recording for the Blind.

“Any ideas will become the property of Will Eisner Studios?” Give up your copyright and presumably IP? Eisner fought for creator rights! Are they that desperate for money after the fall of the “Spirit” movie?

Johanna writes:  

Uck. Although I got stuck at the idea of trying to make audio versions of comics — that seems to be very much missing the point.

Scott writes:  

Mmmm…. audio comics….


Faced with a three-hour commute every day, more than one person thought I might wish for audio comics.

Terry J writes:  

Although we’re getting off the subject, there is apparently a new company that just happens to be called Audiocomics who are going to be doing radio drama versions of books. Found them on Robot 6:


It’s near the end of the interview


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