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The Heroic Road Back to Comic-Con
Once again, deviantART has answered the call to be a major sponsor in transforming Artists' Alley at Comic-Con International San Diego a chalice for the arts—bigger, but better, smarter, more informative, more connective and more dedicated than ever to the needs and desires of the artists who daily re-imagine and reshape our reality and dreams for the better.
If you are among the privileged ticket holders who braved the storms and seas to reach the core of the labyrinth, come to Artists' Alley, the artists’ oasis that is the liberated territory occupied and administered by deviantART and experience the rush from being washed in today’s most creative art flowing from the heart of our world.
12:15 – 1:15, Room 2 Upper Level
Odyssey. I can think of no better word to describe the journey that took place these past few months.
With the prologue, “They’re Mad, They Are,” I began work on a vessel that was not yet ready for sea. And on that holed ship, together we embarked over open waters towards an unknown destination.
What I then witnessed both touched and humbled me. You, the mighty crew of the HMS Odyssey, simultaneously crafted her and plotted her voyage with artistry and grace. No small feat.
The path we traveled was treacherous, to be sure. But we passed through the eye of the storm, and found ourselves in a new world. It was brutal, brilliant, and inspiring.
Thank you for sharing yourselves with me. You are among the finest shipmates I’ve ever had the privilege to work beside. Make no mistake; we’ve built something beautiful.
Though our paths must now diverge, we will forever be connected by this sweet and terrible ride through the eternal, collective universe of That Which Can Be Imagined.
The inimitable author and artist, the fantastic Clive Barker, lent his special, brilliant madness to Odyssey Project 2.0 by writing the first “prompt” chapter of our experiment; setting the tenor for what would evolve into a weirdly wonderful and beautiful tale. We were honored by his participation.
For $marioluevanos and I, This was our second effort at creating an ultra-collaborative short story fiction, our delirious, inspired version of the “exquisite corpse” salon game once played by the Surrealists. So far this incredible community of creative artists and storytellers have given life to two amazing “monsters”. The Grand Game will continue.
There were, once again, a whole host of minor glitches, particularly with so many entries needing to be read and fairly assessed in such a short time by so few judges (Clive himself was the ultimate arbiter this time). All of your suggestions for improving this endeavor that have been coming in are greatly appreciated. You all have been writing the rules of the next Odyssey project throughout this process.
Of all the unforeseen collateral fallout surrounding our Odyssey endeavors contest, none has been more heartening than the many incidences of participants branching off from the main narrative of the “chosen” story to continue their own personal vision. Often in collaboration with other writers and artists, they discovered their own preferred narrative vein and finished out their own separate stories. The idea behind this project has always been all about sparking creativity in collaboration, not simply winning a place in the main story. That so many fresh new stories were born from the deviously germinated seed of a single Clive Barker chapter is precisely the magic we can all achieve together.
Many have been asking about the hard copy publication of Odyssey and Odyssey II, as well as the attendant charitable donations to come from those sales. I am preparing a separate article for everyone that will go out in the next two weeks which will outline the plans for publishing both works this fall. There will be digital versions as well as hard copy versions. We have also expanded the content to include a full explanation of Odyssey Project with a behind the scenes feature outlining the process and participants from the beginning. I will create a list of the timelines, elements, and structure that we can all discuss in the comments and I will also schedule a featured chat with $marioluevanos and I so that we can all talk about it in real time.
against the rage of strongest winds
and waves of virulent assaults
through vicious aftershocks
shall grow roots
and when the eye of the storm
has looked me in the eye, I
will be left standing,
My life is not my
own and this body,
is only worn.
my spirit, ethereal
Not by anything in this world
can I be touched,
you can not even bend me.
How can you destroy me?
A subtle shift in course
That seemed quite insubstantial at first
Has given way, till you're far off path
And lost in a distant trance
What seemed inconsequential at the start
Has now made your life slowly fall apart
As you watch it crumble and crumple in your hands
You feel yourself loose your grip, and go mad
A certain paranoia sinks through the weary haze
You desperately try and slip away
As it grows into an uncontrollable panic
And you begin to grow drastic
And as the fear begins to grow
A soft voice in your head begins to echo
What did you do to deserve such a fate?
But put it out of mind, because it's too late
You're surly going to die by the hand
That you didn't see, didn't expect, and
The one you weren't afraid of
Brought this nightmare to life
And all of this came to roust
From a subtle shift in course
Nausea, not me:
I boil within
my own skin
is a stranger
flaming and searing
me, not me.
The pain is in plain view
if only I weren’t hidden
if I could see me
would I recognize
or avert my eyes
knowing it has all
been taken away.
Me, not me
not since she,
or it, or them
Me, why me
a chosen vessel
without my consent
I may not have been much
but I’m all I’ve ever had
and now, no
The skin—my skin—
because of her
or it, or them
I will end;
even my wasted time
is torn away.
I’m tearing now
she-it-they want out.
I want to shout, scream
But my voice is alien to me.
Two of me
what’s mine is mine
to twist or unwind
I know what I hold dear
the end is near
if you had your way
each night you’d erase the next day
the price you had to pay
was far too high,
you ripped apart the sky
no explanation why
other than wanting to play God
you needed no encouraging nod
my ally was odd
even to you, yet she
also betrayed me
I can finally see
the truth you tried to hide
I saw once I died
so I turned the tide
you are out of time
what’s mine is mine
Look at the beauty
There is shit everywhere, every
breath drags it into me.
There is beauty all around
The ground under my feet is poisoned
I look up, and the sky is dying.
I see what you cannot
We avert our eyes, our
sighs we bottle up inside.
So much potential, so much
A shell of protection,
we’re so close to breaking apart.
You ignore your treasure,
this precious world, a shining
reflection of infinite possibilities—
you don’t deserve it
and you won’t miss
what you never noticed
Day in, die out
it’s all the same.
No one knows my name,
I’ve grown OK with that.
Life should make sense by now
instead, it drags me down.
A way in, that’s all I ask—
a path to your world, a
chance to taste neglected wonders
I wander through life,
it’s what we do when we don’t dream.
A seam to rip apart;
I’ll tear through you
Something has entered me
You may not make it
but you’ll create it
I feel so empty inside.
Last day of Mission-Preparation-Protocol. Slow roll of the mighty Artist Alley rocket ship out to the launch pad has begun.
Systems and housings look stable.
Fuel lines clear and steady.
Test firing booster engines.
San Diego flight and arrival path confirmed.
The 200 wondrous artists of Artist Alley are approaching, armed, adrenalized, and ready to draw.
Psychologicals of all deviantART personnel and support staff assessed and locked down.
Llamas prepped and groomed.
Security alerts and procedures initiated. All Creative Systems cranked to “11” and then broken off.
All nations beware and all nations rejoice.
We are Inked, Locked, and Loaded.
Fella just flashed the GO Signal.
ComiCon 2013 is on
Come join us at San Diego Comic-Con 2013! DeviantART's booth, located in Artists' Alley, will be open and available throughout the convention. Stop by to play with one of our many computer stations, take a photo in front of our deviantART/Comic-Con backdrop, or just say hi to deviantART staff members! Additionally, we're also hosting three interactive panels that cover a range of topics from motion books to the business of fan art.
Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:15:03 PM
We're headed to Comic-Con International:
San Diego to sponsor Artists' Alley!
Last year, our sponsorship of Artists' Alley was a huge success. We were able to provide a more comfortable environment for the artists, display their art on huge screens over the Alley, and let people attending the convention draw with deviantART muro on fantastic digital screens. We plan to do this and more in 2012 as we take on the great pleasure of sponsoring Artists' Alley at San Diego Comic-Con again.
We increased our number of scholarships from two to six this year, and have chosen our talented recipients. These six amazing deviants submitted their Portfolios to the %Comic-Con group and have been chosen by =DeevElliott to showcase their work in Artists' Alley. Each scholarship recipient will be able to display their work in the Alley and receive critique from top industry professionals.
*AdamWarren, =DeevElliott, ~Zubby, `alohalilo, `diablo2003, and `yuumei are among the superstar deviants on this panel, moderated by our very own $spyed. They'll be sharing how to optimize your deviantART profile like a pro. (Saturday, July 14th from noon - 1 PM)
Featuring our very own $makepictures, this presentation discusses the legalities surrounding fan art and includes a review of the impact of new technologies on the genre and the confessions of a fan art fanatic. (Friday, July 13th from noon - 1 PM)
`yuumei is here to show you how easy it is to get started sharing your art, finding inspiration, making new discoveries, and establishing yourself in the world of deviantART. (Thursday, July 12th from 3 - 4 PM)
Join veteran cosplayer, Yaya Han, aka *yayacosplay, for a stimulating discussion about the many social aspects of cosplay. Yaya will answer a number of questions, including: Why do we cosplay? How has cosplay progressed in the last 10 years and what are the positive and negative aspects? (Thursday, July 12th from noon - 1 PM)
DeviantART offers the world different publishing perspectives for content creators. Deviants =DeevElliott, *MrBabyTattoo and `yuumei discuss the future for creators and publishers with $techgnotic. (Thursday, July 12th from 4 - 5 PM)
We're hosting a cosplay art show that takes place from Thursday - Saturday, upstairs near the autograph area. This collection of the best and the brightest of cosplay comes from over 15,000 submissions to deviantART. The prints will be available through a silent auction with bids starting at $10. All proceeds will go to the Schreiner Burn Hospital, which uses cosplayers to cheer up patients in the hospital.
We are also having a cosplay group photo. Every cosplayer at Comic-Con is welcomed to join our epic display of cosplay at its finest. Join us on Friday, July 13th at 4PM on the Convention Center roof. If you want to be a part of this, be sure to follow our deviantART Twitter to get the latest updates.
If you're already planning to attend Comic-Con, join us in Artists' Alley! Show your support for these artists by visiting the tables that line Artists' Alley. DeviantART will have various staff hanging out in Artists' Alley all day, so be sure to come by, say hi, and introduce yourself! We'll even have some special, limited edition deviantART swag to distribute.
DeviantART will be situated directly in Artists' Alley, which is located on the far left of the Convention Center. If you plan to attend Comic-Con, let us know in the comments below!
Deviants who are unable to join us in person can be kept up-to-date by following the journals we will post to the %Comic-Con group. Join this group for updates from the convention floor, including interviews with high-profile artists. We'll also be updating our Twitter and Facebook pages while at the convention, so check back often for updates!
Comic-Con International: San Diego is the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world. With panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, along with art shows, portfolio review sessions, and the various exhibits, attendees walk away with cheer in their hearts, bags of swag in their arms, and some tired, well-exercised feet. For more information, check out the Comic-Con website here.
I am very excited to announce a strategic partnership between deviantART and Madefire, the leading Motion Book application in Apple’s App Store. (iPhone & iPad)
Together with Madefire, we are releasing the Madefire Web Reader on deviantART in a new category on our front-page called "Motion Books.” You will immediately find a dozen Madefire Motion Books there, with more books released each Wednesday.
In the coming months, you will see many more Madefire Motion Books on deviantART as deviants gain access to Madefire's Motion Book Tool. When Madefire integration on deviantART is fully complete, deviants will be able to make, read, sell, and buy books and comics, and transfer them to mobile devices -- all within the deviantART experience.
We have every imaginable comic and book format on deviantART and the most advanced community of comic book artists, writers and storytellers. One of the Madefire founders, =LiamSharp, has been a deviant for six years and represents both an artist in need of this solution and one of the driving forces behind its creation.
For years we have been searching for the right way for deviantART to enable deviants to tell their stories. We have such incredible stories here on deviantART, and few true story telling tools to aid our Literature community and our Graphical community to come together in unity and develop stories together. We've been asked with great passion by our members to bring such a capability to deviantART for a long time.
Many solutions we reviewed are backward focused on print strategy, where formats for publishing stories mirror the needs of paper printing. One of our challenges is that deviantART is a global, digital community that thirsts for great tools that enable digital story telling first. Digital-first means that a book is created for the purposes of being distributed digitally. Yet all digital-first tools didn't seem to take full advantage of new platforms.
We were immediately enamored with Madefire and its digital-first approach. It just looks so fantastic, exploding cells off the ‘page’ with the pop vibrancy that the comics style had always suggested, but never achieved until now.
Madefire's Motion Book Tool is Web-based, which inherently provides collaboration capability. DeviantART is obviously Web-based, and our new Sta.sh cloud storage solution already features Sta.sh Muro and Sta.sh Writer which will now be joined by Madefire's Motion Book Tool. Using Sta.sh, all of your files are easily accessible to you and (soon) your collaborators as you build Motion Books. You can easily use the deviantART Premium Content Platform to sell the books, and the stories you will create can be truly brilliant, limited only by your imagination!
Ultimately, Madefire software will be available to all members for FREE and will permit you to convert existing static comics or books into Motion Books or create fresh new books using the tools! All books can be formatted for Web (deviantART), iPad and iPhone with support for other devices coming in the future. Unfortunately, Android is not currently supported. We decided to do "Web" first!
You will be able to make your Motion Books available for FREE or you will be able to use the Premium Content Platform to set a price and make money though the deviantART My Earnings interface. With the same free software, you will be able to simply convert your static books to the Madefire Reader. And soon, following the roll out plan the full Madefire's Motion Book Tool will be available to members, again for free, through Sta.sh so you will be able to build Motion Books from scratch.
You will then have the option of publishing Motion Books both on the web through deviantART and on mobile for the iPad and iPhone through Madefire.
I am really proud that deviantART is once again at the lead edge in giving artists the tools they need for extending their creative and financial career possibilities in the arts, while liberating their artistic independence through the ultimate collaboration with other artists.
The walls of traditional commerce that limited the practical distribution of your work and imagination are burning down. Now you can join with other artists and writers to build fantastically illustrated worlds, populated with the coolest characters engaged in the most exciting story narratives, coming to life with incredible sound and fury, and make your storytelling career a reality – without the benefit of massive personal financing or winding your way through the maze of the traditional publishing world.
After you’ve had a chance to sample Madefire Motion Books come back here and let us know what you would do with this medium or share with everyone who you would most like to see tell a story with a Motion Book. I have a few favorites of my own that I’ll drop into the discussion once its gets started. For now, enjoy a great read.