321: 3 PAGES, 2 CHARACTERS, 1 TWIST ENDING
Fellow community member FelipeCagno is running a comic book contest on his DeviantArt page that represents a fantastic opportunity for all of the storytellers in the community.
The project is “321: Fast Comics,” a collection of short stories to be illustrated by DA members that will always follows the same formula: three (3) pages, two (2) characters, one (1) twist ending.
Although DeviantArt isn’t running this contest, we do see what Felipe is doing with this concept as an amazing opportunity for deviants to participate in a contest that could see your work published with advice and help from one of DeviantArt’s authentic citizens.
Felipe believes storytelling is like navigating through an endless sea of possibilities, going from island to island, from plot point to plot point, as the story advances. Creative freedom might seem liberating; you can take your story in any direction. But what happens if you steer the wrong way?
That much freedom can be daunting and leave the writer lost at sea… Once lost, it’s hard to find your way back and it’s just easier to start over. Or even worse, you might stick down that path and never reach the end.
Creative limits should be accepted as stimulation for the writer’s mind.
Cornering yourself creatively might be the best way to push yourself to find a never before seen plot twist, a solution to a narrative problem. Limits push us to do better, to improvise, to rise to the occasion.
This is what Felipe’s 321 Narrative Challenge is here for, to challenge YOU to tell a better story in just a few pages, with no more than a couple of characters that leaves the reader surprised.
Writer Felipe Cagno published the comic book anthology 321: Fast Comics as a way to push himself to be a better professional while at the same time trying his luck with genres he had never worked in before.
From a desire to collaborate with some of the top artists in Brazil, Felipe went back to a camera exercise he went through during his Master program at Chapman film school called “321”, where every student was required to shoot a short film with three pages, two characters and one location.
Taking that concept and adapting it into comic book format demanded one key change, as locations weren’t a problem on the page.
The idea then evolved and Felipe set out to develop comic book stories that always respected three rules. Every single story had to have:
- 3 Pages
- 2 Characters
- 1 Twist Ending
With these rules in place, anything goes was the directive, in any genre, with any characters. The result was a book of 21 stories featuring different genres from fantasy to steampunk, from western to sci-fi, from daily life to adventure, and many more. You can find the complete book right here on DA (Fast Comics Volume I) or on the Madefire App!
Now Felipe is extending this challenge to you and every member of the community. Every week Felipe will pick the best “321” story, featuring it on DeviantArt and through Madefire as a monthly book.
At the end of every month the top pick will receive a Premium Subscription from Felipe plus at the end of the Season next year, just before Summer, the top three stories will get cash prizes from Felipe and be published in the second volume of the “321: Fast Comics” series along with stories illustrated by top artists in the industry. Felipe has all of the details over at his page here.
When submitting your stories to Felipe, they can be B/W or colored but they do need to be 100% finished.
This is a great opportunity for writers to find artists to collaborate with, artists can partner up with writers. The “321 Narrative Challenge” is designed not only to open doors to anyone who wishes to work in the comics industry, but also to encourage successful ongoing partnerships within the community.
So start thinking now and send Felipe your best story with 3 Pages, 2 Characters and 1 Twist Ending!