Blizzard hosting fan comic-creation contest

Fans are allowed to use Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises in a three-month-long competition.

Blizzard Entertainment has announced a fan comic-creation contest based on its StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo properties.

Fans can win Blizzard goodies for making comics.

According to a Battle.net post, the company will be reviewing submissions and selecting one winner each month for the next three months. The August winner will receive a Risk: StarCraft Collector's Edition boardgame set; September's winner will earn a Diablo III: Book of Cain prize; while the October winner will take home the Art of Blizzard standard edition book.

Honourable mentions will also be named, though they will not receive prizes. Those interested in getting involved will find submission details and rules on the company's website.

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31 comments
Leith Alwan
Leith Alwan

the quality between "horde" and "world of warcraft" makes it look less professional.

Jeremy Spence
Jeremy Spence

Blizzard should host "How they have gone wrong" comic-creation contest. Would get A Lot more feedback :P

hellpolice
hellpolice

the prizes sucks if you wight in the amount of effort it takes to do a great comics done with great art, not stick figure or retarded looking drawings. The prize should be a job with good pay and benefits or get your foot on the door of the "gaming industry"      

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

Not great prizes but it's more than I make with a lot of comics that we make.  Probably will submit a couple.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Fuck Acti-blizzard!

As long as Blizzard is ran by Activision, I will boycott them.

Kevin Yusuf
Kevin Yusuf

Only an idiotic creature would care about playing WoW for more than 10years :|

Jeff Snyder
Jeff Snyder

They should remake Warcraft 2 for xbox live and make sure it has multiplayer

Riddick123
Riddick123

I plan on creating one showing the results of the nerd rage from people who completely freak out over a raid.  YOU'RE NOT DOING ENOUGH DPS.  /quit.  Punches one their monitors and considers ending themselves because they didn't get that boss down to get that oh so coveted purple sword.  But their dog and guild buddies talk him down and all is well until next week...where the cycle begins anew.

Rick_Berman
Rick_Berman

Worst job advert I've ever seen. It's the equivalent of being paid less than minimum wage.

enartloc
enartloc

"Win a dinner with Bobby Kotich,where he will tell you how he makes 50 million a year!"

ColdstoneX3
ColdstoneX3

the prizes kind of suck...nothing of real value that would justify so much effort

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

This rubs me completely the wrong way.  Creating a comic is a pretty involved and challenging artistic endeavor, a.k.a. a heck of a lot of work.  To offer as prizes a board game, an a couple of art books they have by the hundreds in some office closet is a paltry incentive. 

You'll think a multi million dollar company could offer, I dunno, cash prizes as incentive would be the least they could do.

arqe
arqe

Got a good story for Warcraft , that will end the misery of WoW players.

Sargeras wins over Malfurion and world ends. Now gtfo ...

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Do Blizzards work for them, win a board game. Sounds totally fair.

blutosan
blutosan

Heh, the prizes are cute.

modernrow
modernrow

out of  the 50 million people who have played wow I have to listen to the one dude who knows nothing about it comment on it

Michall
Michall

@hellpolice are you kidding me? So you you draw one comic and you're supposed to get a top-tier full-time job. right?

lol, good one, you must be in junior high

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@hellpolice I couldn't agree more...  I was already assuming that they're looking for new talent and that the grand prize is getting employed by them or something along those lines.  Instead, they give you a board game??  What the...  Yeah, in this case I'd rather do Blizzard fan-art just for fun in my free time.  They can keep the prizes.

Michall
Michall

@SciFiCat buddy...every year at comic con there are tons of people with quality art that they show the publishers and most of them get turned down without ANYTHING. so here's a contest with a prize and recognition and it's not good enough? You people really are super spoiled.


You be the judge of how much effort this endeavour is worth to you, nobody is forcing you to join.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@SciFiCat At least offer some actual video games or something like a statuette or Special Edition-kind of loot. These prizes are about as exciting as WoW nowadays.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@arqe You know, that's actually a very good idea.  Not only does it tell people that it's time to move on from Warcraft, but it's blunt and real.  Tragedy at its finest.  I like it.

hellpolice
hellpolice

@Michall @hellpolice the fact that you sound like you are defending blizzard's little contest is comical in itself pfff hahahahah! go get laid or something troll, lmfao!  

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

@Michall @SciFiCat Let me explain something to you, when artist show their art samples to publishers, they don't turn over or give the right to the publishers to use their stuff.  It is simply a "show and if you like hire me, if you don't I can walk away with my work".

On the other hand when you submit your art for a contest such as this you are basically giving it away to Blizzard. The terms of these contest stipulate that you are giving Blizzard permission to use and reproduce the art that you are submitting to the contest as they see fit and you don't get payed a dime for it. The winning pieces get used to promote Blizzard, but those who did not win but are still very good can be used as promotional material later on and because the artist signed the terms of participation, they turn over the rights of what they submitted regardless. 

"Oh but it is free promotion!"  That is the excuse these contest use to draw in inexperienced artist to give their art and effort for free.  These kind of contest have little to no value to promote an artist's work, these contests are about creating promotional material based on Blizzard's properties to promote Blizzard's content.  Artist, if they are good, have plenty of ways to promote their art on the internet nowadays and attain a following on their own to  live of their craft.   If I'm going to spend several dozen or hundred hours writing and illustrating a comic it will be to either self promotion or to get paid for it.  So if the prizes are not even worth sinking the effort then it is a lose, lose proposition.