TUMBLR GIVEAWAY! #LIZFORLINZIN
Hello Linzin and Beifans!
Surprise! I wrote a comic book and I need your help spreading the word!
Over the past two months amiraink (cover) and savvyseverine (interior) have worked their fingers to the bone creating the art in support of my story. I plan on presenting this one-of-a-kind comic to Bryke this weekend in the hopes of it getting picked up as a series! But I can’t do it without you!
Here’s How To Win:
1. Follow BeifongNation and reblog this post as often as you can (minimum once a day), between now and July 31st with the tag “LizforLinzin”
2. Follow BeifongNation on Twitter and let it be known that you want a Lin and Tenzin comic - use #lizforlinzin. Tweet using #lizforlinzin as much as you can (minimum once a day) between now and July 31st.
5 followers will be rewarded with a copy of my limited edition fan-made Linzin comic book! Thank you so much for your help! It means more to me than I can say.
*Keep your ask box open! Winners will be messaged on August 1st!
Okay, this looks amazing, and I am wholly in favour of fan comics and works in general, but for the love of God, don’t give your fanworks to creators.
…actually, lemme clarify: don’t give your fanfic to creators. (And that includes fan comics.) Art is traditionally okay, but anything with a storyline is off-limits. Novelist rj-anderson, herself an author of fic, discusses the reasons here. Basically it boils down to the risk that, if an author is known to have read a fan work, and later uses an idea that featured in that fan work, they’re liable to be sued.
Would that stand up in court? No one knows, because authors and TV networks tend to run screaming into the night from the prospect, or at least rolling over and paying out a lot of money. Back in the ’90s, J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5 ditched a whole script after he saw a post on Usenet speculating about the very idea at the centre of the unfilmed episode. Boards and groups frequented by Terry Pratchett had rules forbidding fic and even speculation based on this possibility.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager were basically the only shows in Hollywood that accepted scripts from members of the public, and that involved heavy duty waivers. And even then, I’m fairly certain there was at least one episode where they had to pay a fan money and give him a credit, because an idea he had suggested eventually made its way into an episode.
Once Voyager ended, the days when fans could submit work to a franchise were basically gone, and creators pulled way back from fandom. Now, with social media, they’re with us again, but the only fanworks they’re free to consume are visual.
Now, Bryke are super fan friendly, but the only fan comic they’re known to have read was Rufftoon’s Zhao of the Water Tribe, and that was when Johane Matte was working for them. The fans who have gone on to contribute to the comics — Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks and others — had established careers as artists and freelancers — they’ve all produced original work and have established reputations for professional behaviour, meeting deadlines, etc.
So basically, the chances of this enabling anyone to professionally contribute to the Avatar franchise are slim. Much slimmer than the possibility of scaring Bryke away from any plans they might have for Linzin prequels. By all means, show Bryke the artwork, show them portfolios and original writing samples, but please, not the fan comic.
(I hope this hasn’t come across as arrogant or patronising — I’ve just been in fandom for a long time, and I know how badly wrong this can go.)