To illustrate what a NEStalgia web comic might look like, I've created an example:
This comic is merely an example, and you don't have to make your entry anything like it. Web comics come in all shapes and sizes - there isn't any definitive way to make one. The main thing that I'll be looking for is the quality of the idea behind the comic. With that in mind you can make pretty much anything that you'd like, whether you choose to make a longer comic to tell a funny story or you decide to use a single pane that presents a great bit of satire.
Your comic must somehow be related to NEStalgia. You could follow the example comic's approach and make it about NEStalgia's game mechanics, or you could focus on the game's plot, the player community and culture, or even just how NEStalgia relates to the rest of BYOND or the gaming world in general. Your comic can use screenshots from the game or be drawn by hand - whatever fits your approach.
If you're going to use screenshots from NEStalgia then in most cases you should make sure that the screenshots are not color compressed. What does that mean? Take screenshots using the game's built-in F2 function, and save all of your work as either BMP or PNG. Saving as a JPG etc. will blur your image and make the colors look bad.
To submit a comic either email it to me at email@example.com or post a link to it in the comments thread of this post. You have most of this week to work on your web comics - all entries are due no later than Thursday, February 24th at Midnight PST. Creating multiple entries is okay.
- Comics may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting a link in the comments thread of this blog entry. All entries must be submitted no later than Thursday, February 24th at Midnight PST.
- No uncensored profanity or explicit images allowed.
- Entries from BYONDers who are banned from NEStalgia will not be accepted.
- 1.) Creativity. The idea is king, and I'm not necessarily looking for comedy. Your goal is to tell an interesting story or present thought-provoking commentary/satire that makes people want to see more.
- 2.) Presentation. You don't need to be an artist, but it should look like you put some time into making everything look as good as possible. Space out the panels consistently, ensure that all text is readable, and any NEStalgia screenshots that you use should (in most cases) be clean - save your work as a PNG or BMP.
- 1st Place: Your choice of a $20 Amazon.com gift card, a lifetime subscription to NEStalgia, or a BYOND Membership
- 2nd/3rd Place: One year subscriptions to NEStalgia
Do not get intimidated by the prospect of creating something and sharing it - be confident in yourself and whatever idea that you come up with. The worst thing that could possibly happen would be not winning, but if you don't even enter the contest then your chances of winning are zero anyway. Have some fun with this!