MUMBAI: Virtual animation studio Aniboom announced the official launch of its motion comic competition in partnership with Marvel Entertainment. Beginning today animators registered with the Aniboom community, which currently consists of nearly 8,000 professional-level animators from across the globe, can enter the competition in which they are charged with creating unique motion comics based on comic book stories starring such renowned Superheroes as Wolverine, the Incredible Hulk, and Nova.
The winning Aniboom animator – as determined by a blue ribbon panel of Marvel Comics creative talent – will have their work showcased across Marvel’s digital network, including Marvel.com, as well as receive a $10,000 grand prize. Aniboom will be accepting submissions now until 5 October.
In addition to showcasing the Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and Nova characters, this motion comics creation project also provides Marvel a high profile promotion for its newest digital initiative. Now one of Marvel’s hottest new entertainment categories, Motion Comics refashion the world’s most popular comic book content into brand-new entertainment that remains true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling. With groundbreaking graphics, top-rate voice talent, and sensational soundscapes all set within the explosive Marvel Universe, Marvel Motion Comics inject new life into favorite comics, authors and artists in a never-before-seen way.
"Aniboom’s community of 8,000 animators in 72 countries identify Marvel’s characters as being among their all-time favorites. Motion Comics are a great example of how animation can create new products and new formats suitable for all platforms," said Aniboom founder and CEO Uri Shinar.
Marvel Entertainment vice president, sales and marketing John Dokes added, "We are excited to work with Aniboom’s virtual studio for this innovative new motion comic project, combining the work of Marvel’s esteemed comic book artists and writers with some of the best animation talent from the Aniboom community to create unique new content presentation variations for Marvel fans. These new motion comics will be the latest in an ongoing array of exciting new things to come to the Marvel Universe."
Throughout the contest, members of Aniboom’s community will submit their unique motion comic interpretations based upon classic Marvel Universe stories Hulk vs. Wolverine.
To facilitate Aniboom artists to put these stories in motion and showcase their best creativity in execution, Marvel has provided Aniboom.com high resolution original comic book art and custom voiceovers and soundtracks. On 2 November, five finalists chosen by a panel of Marvel judges will each receive $2,000 to expand their motion comic into a full-length story.
These five, plus one additional "Wildcard" finalist, will compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their work on Marvel.com. The winner will be announced on 16 November, after a one-week viewing and voting period on Aniboom.