TEST GOT YOU DOWN?
Our JUNE TEST FLIGHT (the latest of our monthly amateur manga webcomic competition) was announced a little while ago and it's engendered a few questions. While I wanted to answer these via a video - it proved to be harder to do than I thought plus I wanted to address what were some wildly disparate questions of the rules which struck me as needing a bit more room than a video (and the requisite HD space needed) would comfortably allow.
To that end--we're going to do three things:
I. ANNOUNCE JUNE TEST RUN RULES
II. ANSWER THE RECEIVED QUESTIONS FOR JUNE'S TEST FLIGHT
III. ESTABLISH A FORUM ENTRY -- FOR MORE QUESTIONS.
JUNE TEST RUN
FIFTEEN PAGE SHORT STORY (not including cover)
ust have a beginning, middle and end
CANNOT be a prelude or side-story to your "series"
Must be an original work (no fan fiction)
ARTWORK MUST BE INKED/ LETTERED (MINIMUM)
NO EXPLICIT SEXUAL, VIOLENT OR DISCRIMINATORY (i.e. race, religion, sexual orientation, etc) IMAGES/ CONTEST
An AD 728 x 90 that "markets" your story in 10 words or less.
A one page document that explains:
WHO IS YOUR AUDIENCE FOR THIS?
CONCEPT DESCRIPTION (1 paragraph maximum)?
WHAT MYFUTPRINT LINE BEST SUPPORTS THIS STORY?
DO YOU INTEND THIS SHORT STORY TO BE A SERIES?
SUBMISSION END DATE: JUNE 19th, 2015 11:59pm EST
JUNE TEST FLIGHT QUESTIONS
Q: DO I HAVE TO DO A 4-KOMA?
A: YES, we are NOT JUDGING IT ON ITS' QUALITY
Q: WHAT IS A 4-KOMA?
Q: DO THE SEQUENTIAL ART PAGES (i.e. three pages minimum) HAVE TO BE THE SAME SCENE/ SETTING?
A: No. You can do different settings featuring your characters. In other words, these can be three different pages (and scenes) from your story idea.
Q: I WANT TO DO A FIGHT SCENE BUT IT WILL NEED MORE THAN 3 SEQUENTIAL PAGES-- CAN I DO MORE?
A: Yes. You may go up to 5 pages.
Q: WHAT FORMAT MAY I SEND?
A: We must insist that you send them in PDF or JPG format only.
Q: I WANT TO TELL A LONGER STORY WILL YOU ACCEPT THAT?
A: No--- we ONLY ACCEPT TEST FLIGHT (which is never a complete story) or TEST RUN (which is 15 pages maximum) submissions.
Q: IF I MESSED UP MY ENTRY (i.e. the file name, quality, rule following) WILL YOU STILL REVIEW IT?
A: No. This is already a volunteer effort on our end--we just don't have the bandwidth.
Q: IF I ENTER WILL I WIN SOMETHING?
A: If you follow the rules ENOUGH that we can critique it then YES, FREE $5 SUBSCRIPTION follows.
Q: I WANT TO SUBMIT AN IDEA THAT I THINK FITS THE GENRE BUT NOT SURE...
A: SUBMIT IT ANYWAY! This is exactly why TEST FLIGHTS are set up NOT to present full comic books so that you are not creating a 60 pages epic that doesn't fit what we want to review. That being said, if you ARE FOLLOWING THE RULES and feel strongly--submit it anyway. You should believe in your story and the work.
Q: I WAITED ON WORKING ON MY ENTRY BECAUSE OF RULE CONFUSION-- WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A: DEADLINE EXTENDED NOW TO JUNE 4th, 2015 11:59pm
GO TO THE FORUM
Frederick L. Jones
Publisher, Saturday AM