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.
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!