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ADAPT™ = Allied Digital Artists Partnership Teams™
"Would you be interested in doing any of your concepts/characters as a 13 x4 inch weekly strip, for the better part of a year to try to build something online with other like minded individuals?"
This pretty much lays out the preliminary requirements of what's being asked of the creators that have been invited to participate in a bold new online endeavor. The name of this endeavor is ScriptGraphics / ADAPT™.
Allied Digital Artists Partnership Teams™
"I'm attempting to get something started to re-ignite the fan friendly atmosphere that used to be a part of the fanzine groups I belonged to. This time, I want to do it for the web.
I'm a firm believer that if a creator creates, things will happen. To give you an example of that, a creator I know was doing a five page story called 'Crimson Knights'. He was one and a half pages from completing it but stopped. He'd penciled it all but only inked three and a half pages in no particular order and had gaps in the pages he did ink. Michael Reed, an artist on Team ScriptGraphics suggested we download the scans and complete it for him. We did and sent it to him asking if we could post it online. He said sure and within four months we were asked if we would like it to be printed in a publication. Doug said hell yes, Michael agreed and I surely didn't mind.
Keep in mind that whatever you do as part of this online undertaking is for you. Your doing, or not doing, is up to you. I can only guarantee this: if you are consistent and the story you tell captures the imagination of the audience at large, you'll build a fan base and that could translate to book sales if you ever decide to publish them. It could also translate to sales for other things you're doing outside of this. Most creators try to do a little here and a little there and expect to be in demand. Not going to happen that way. I only offer an opportunity for you to be part of a group and not have to go it alone. Safety in numbers and hopefully, competition that will push you to your best work ever. Additionally, I'm hoping to re-create the connectedness that I loved about fandom when I first got involved. If that gets accomplished, everything else will be gravy." - Darrell Goza
If you can't, or don't think you can do a weekly 13 x 4 inch strip, do it for at least a year, and make it 'all ages' friendly, and be willing to do it without pay as this is being built from the ground up, then you can't do this. Don't try. If any one of the spec conditions can't be met or you don't think you'd want to do any of them, you can't do this. The first lesson to be learned here is to be honest with yourself.
"All ages" friendly means just that, kids of any age can read it and parents will let them without any fear that the reading child will be traumatized by overt sexuality, brutal or shocking kill scenes or volumes of blood, gore or ripped entrails or things like that.
Alfred Hitchcock did a horrific shower killing scene in Psycho which shook the nation but didn't show one impact strike. Kirby and Lee's Fantastic Four or Thor had a lot of pathos and (highly exciting) fighting in their books but none of it was blatantly offensive. We're looking for those kinds of inventive creators. The ones that can make the point without stooping to the lowest form of getting there.
The initial 15 installments of your strip are required first for consideration into this endeavor. Again, we're looking for creators willing to commit to something they already say they want to do. Doing a strip a week means committing about 20 to 30 minutes a day to do a strip a week. (That even gives you the weekends off! Of course you could do it on a weekends and have the week off, your choice). We find this method of operating to be doable without causing additional stress or take you from whatever else may be going on in your life.
"It's open to whatever genre you decide to do; superheroes, fantasy, crime noir, etc. Only three things have to be adhered to: it must be "all ages" friendly, done weekly for a year and be 13 x 4 in size."
What you do within the 13 x 4 format us up to you. For example, you can use all prose if you like or make it all images without text. Do it in color, black and white or painted of you like. How about a combination of them all? Certainly! You are the creator; create!
If you don't have access to a scanner that'll scan 13 x 4 inch art, scan it in sections. We've also found that type should be at least 14 points or larger for viewing online. Have some fun in creating what you create. Check out all the other creators work and feel free to interact with the other creators.
Some things to consider while here.
This is not a collective or co-op and we are not a group. We're coming together because we have a similar purpose in creating great comic art and story content. If you've been invited, your work has been seen and the inviting member of Team ScriptGraphics feels you'd be a good fit for this project. Outside of the things we ask for in the invitation, there's only one other thing we'd like you to do: complete what you start.
You don't work for me or ScriptGraphics. You work for yourself, but by allying yourself in this project we'll create a different kind of brand for online strips. Think 60's and early 70's Kirby Thor and Fantastic Four comics done with a new milleniuum technical and digital assist. You own your work and can use it as you see fit in any way additional to what you do for yourself through us. We're hoping that by being in a diverse and creatively inventive group you'll be inspired to do your best work ever. (Please note, I know some invited creators are already motivated to do their best work. Use this opportunity to take some chances you might not ordinarily take doing work for someone else. Feel free to push your own personal boundaries!)
We're not looking to 'team' creators or assign stories to them, tho some of you may connect with others herein and get involved that way. We're looking for self generated stuff that's in and of itself pre-created. What that means is if you have something you want to wow the world with or just a great story you'd like to tell: Do it. We want to re-create the environment of independent effort, unified to a singular purpose. That goal: can a group of creators of their own accord, create and stay unified and motivated in that creating, and do it consistently over time.
First and foremost we're looking for what you have to say with your creative voice. Team ScriptGraphics members all have their own voices for a wide variety of story concepts. I personally like science fiction or the human drama. What do you like that you'd want others to see? Commit and do it.
You need a cover page to start the strip (see my examples below) and a logo with whatever creators are involved in the production of your strip. The logo should carry over and be on each strip. I'd also suggest having the © symbol and date, along with the creators name somewhere on each strip.
Strip Covers: Example 1
Strip Covers: Example 2
Strip Covers: Example 3
And an example of a running strip:
ALL THOSE COMMITTING TO THIS PROJECT - Your cover page should be in by December 15, 2012, with a brief synopsis of what you'd like to do. Understand that we know projects change or sometimes take on a life of their own over the life of the project. This is to be expected in a vibrant and creative environment. Just give a brief overview of what you're starting with for now. That will suffice.
SEND A PICTURE OF YOURSELF (3 inch by 3 inch, 300 dpi) that can be used for promoting what you'll be doing with us. A brief (one paragraph) bio wouldn't hurt either.
We're setting up two sites for creators who join us in this project. One will only be accessible by the creators that are a part of this and be used for making connections between the creators involved. It's where we'll get to interact directly with each other. This will be our personal friendship and sharing space.
The second site will be where we'll actually post the strips for viewing. This is where we get to wow not only our potential fan base but each other (so bring your 'A' game).
"As a member of a couple of fanzine groups, I remember trading publications and sharing artwork for publications we traded between ourselves. As we saw what other creators were doing, we were inspired to do better. My hope is that THAT mechanism can be re-created in this creative online endeavor." - Darrell Goza
ADAPT™ because the future is here, NOW!
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