To support my Justice/Vengeance comic book (coming soon to Kickstarter), I’m holding an open call for interested artists to create pin-ups of my characters.
Post your pin-up on DeviantArt, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, wherever you want. Just make sure it links back to this post (http://erikscottdebie.com/2014/02/21/jv-open-call) and mentions the project it supports (“Justice/Vengeance”). Then either tag me (@erikscottdebie on Twitter, erik.s.debie on Facebook, erikscottdebie on Deviantart) or email me (erikscottdebie AT yahoo DOT com) so I can make sure to acknowledge your participation. I *must* hear from you in one of these four ways in order to enter your name in the Open Call contest.
Note: By entering this contest, you are agreeing to allow me to link to your pic and/or post it here on my site or on social media. I won’t do anything more than that, though, unless I buy it from you (see below).
“What’s in it for me,” you ask?
The pinups I like best, I will reward the artist with a digital subscription to “Libations for the Dead,” the first five issues of Justice/Vengeance. (Assuming the Kickstarter is successful and I can fund its creation.)
If I find a pinup particularly intriguing, compelling, and true to my vision, I might well want to purchase it and incorporate it either into the Kickstarter or actually into the book. (Terms and conditions will be on an ad-hoc basis you and I negotiate.)
Also, after the Kickstarter, I will send participating artists a digital copy of the debut Issue #1 of Justice/Vengeance, “Libations for the Dead.”
And there’s obviously the exposure and getting in on the ground floor of something awesome. Though as I’ve made clear, that’s not the only reward here.
“Why is he doing it this way,” you query?
Well, there are simply too many wonderful artists out there for me to email individually. Instead, I offer this standing invitation. Show me what you’ve got, and let’s talk.
“What am I drawing,” you further inquire?
I’m looking for pinups of my characters–principally Orestes, A-Girl, and Lady Vengeance. Info about them can be found here (link), and each has a deeper dive about them linked from that page (and below).
Be careful to capture their ethnic background: Orestes is African-American, A-Girl is Latina, and Lady V is part Middle Eastern.
A pin-up of any of the supporting characters (particularly The Raven III, Athena, or one of the other heroic types) will also be considered. If you nail one of them, actually, it makes it more likely I’ll buy your piece.
Be creative. Make your work vibrant and unique. Catch the eye.
“What are some Artistic Themes for the Characters?”
Here’s some art from the actual first issue and some thoughts on what to portray in your pin-up(s):
Orestes is about discovering his identity. He doesn’t know his birth parents or where he comes from. He’s learning about powers he hardly understands. His evolving powers (lightning projection, prescience) are a great thing to portray as well–they mostly manifest as blue lightning, particularly around his left eye. He sees things before they happen and always knows the right thing to do in any situation.
A-Girl is about duality and isolation. On the one hand, she’s a nationally popular superhero, adored by millions, but on the other, she’s a lonely young woman crushed by the pressure. She has to maintain the perfect facade while she longs for a chance to really connect with someone. She is a bruiser type of hero: flight, speed, strength, durability, energy projection. Her power manifestation is as a pink energy trail.
Lady Vengeance is all about struggling with her demons, both literal and figurative. She has a very dark past and has done some unsavory things. She’s been taken over by paranormal entities before, and her alcoholism stems from trying to control her powers. Her powers are empathy based: she absorbs and manipulates people’s fear into quasi real objects, can paralyze people in mortal terror, and can shapeshift into their worst fear.
“Can I enter multiple pin-ups?”
Why yes you can. However many you want!
“What if I have questions?”
If you have any further questions about the characters or how the contest works, feel free to email me at erikscottdebie AT yahoo DOT com. Include the words “J/V Open Call” in the subject heading.
Cheers, and thanks!