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Updated 7/24/14

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#1 Offline -Windrider-

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Posted Dec 04 2011 - 06:53 PM

Welcome to the Comics Forum!

 

Whatever media they may be, this is the place for all LEGO-related comics and the kits that make them. That's right, this forum is now home to all kits topics as well!This topic will serve to present the new, updated Comics forum rules. It will also be kept open so that you can post any questions regarding policy here. Please take the time to read these thoroughly as some rules have been changed
 

-- This topic's tag will always reflect the date of the latest update. Information on what was updated will always be found in the "Recent Updates" section at the bottom of the post. --

 

 

The Comics (& Kits) Forum Rules and Guidelines:

 
General Rules:
 
All BZPower rules do apply. If you have questions about any of BZPower's rules and guidelines, feel free to PM me!
 
Use the report button! If you see any post violating the above or any rules in this topic, please use the report button, located at the bottom of a post, to make the moderators aware of it.
 
Regarding revival: Like in the Library forums, there is no revival limit in this forum. This applies to both artists and reviewers, as well as to both comics and kits topics. Enjoy!
 
Please also keep in mind that filtered words and acronyms known to contain filtered words are not allowed in comics, just as they are not allowed on BZPower.  
 
 
Rules for Artists:
 
Post your own work only. This means you cannot post something you happened to find on Brickshelf! Project planning is allowed for both comics and kits as long as you have some work to show.
 
Double posting is allowed if you are announcing a new comic, a major update, or a significant preview. These are the only exceptions! Note, by "double-post" I basically mean "n-tuple-post," so you can indeed triple-, quadruple-, etc.-tuple-post as long as you keep in mind the above! (Note: kit artists no longer need to seek approval in order to double post.)
 
Regarding contests and games: Feel free to use your blog, if you are a Premier Member, to host Comics-related contests. Additionally, "unofficial" contests within your topics, i.e. ones involving guest comics, are allowed. The same rules apply for kits topics as well. Official forum-wide contests can only be started by the staff, though.
 
Do not post images larger than 750 kB (kilobytes) in size. This is part of the BZPower rules, stated in the middle of this post. If you want to post an image larger than 750 kB, please link to it.
 
Regarding guest stars for comics: You get to decide how you want to receive GS requests. Please make it clear in your first post whether you want to receive requests through posts in the topic or through PMs!
 
 
Rules for Posters/Reviewers:
 
Do not flame. Make sure any criticism you offer is constructive! Respect the artist and his or her work!
 
Please try to offer constructive posts. This is just a courtesy to the author and not necessarily a rule. However, I will be looking at all reviews posted and moderating on a post-by-post basis. Things I will be looking out for are exceptionally short posts (e.g., "Wow!") or a fixed comment posted in multiple topics.
 
Please do not double-post. This is a rule common across all of BZPower.
 
Please do not hijack topics. This is common courtesy. Do not use a topic dedicated to another member's work to advertise your own.
 
Regarding guest starring in comics: Please follow the author's directions when applying to GS. He or she should have it listed in the first post whether to post your application or to PM it. If nothing is listed, assume that either method is fine.
 
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As stated earlier, this topic will be left open so that you may ask any questions you have regarding these policies. This topic may also be used for any suggestions you have. Otherwise, you are always free to PM me.On behalf of all of the BZPower staff, we hope you enjoy this forum!
 
Sincerely,
 
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Recent Updates:

07/24/2014: Updated allowed embedded image file size (750 kB).
07/23/2013: Generalized rules to include kit topics.


Edited by -Windrider-, Jul 24 2014 - 02:48 PM.

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#2 Offline -Absorba-

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Posted Jan 12 2012 - 07:16 PM

I have a question:My sister is planning on a comic series of her own, but she's wondering about the boundaries of violence tolerance in this forum. We know no gore, and minimal blood, but what if it justifies to be oil of robots, like in Samurai Jack?
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#3 Offline -Windrider-

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Posted Jan 12 2012 - 08:42 PM

Well, I think until the robots take over and start demanding equal respect and all, that should be fine.But, to be sure, I do request that she send me an example before posting?

Edited by -Windrider-, Jan 13 2012 - 01:11 AM.

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#4 Offline Emotionless

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Posted Feb 14 2012 - 06:50 PM

Soooo... there is no revival limit at all? My series can't be closed unless I say?
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#5 Offline Ziko

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Posted Feb 14 2012 - 06:54 PM

For the most part, yes, but it could be closed if necessary, like if there was excessive spam or flaming. As long as there aren't any consistent problems, though, it can stay open forever.However, it is appreciated if comic makers have their unneeded topics closed to keep them from being dragged back to the top of the forum and pushing more active topics down. That's up to the individual comic makers, though.Edit- elaborated a bit

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#6 Offline King Joe

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Posted Feb 14 2012 - 06:54 PM

Nope. None at all. The only way you would have your series closed is if you broke the rules.
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Posted Feb 14 2012 - 06:58 PM

It can be closed if necessary, like if there was excessive spam or flaming, but otherwise it can stay open forever.It is appreciated if comic makers have their unneeded topics closed, though, to keep them from being dragged back to the top of the forum.

I understand completely!

Nope. None at all. The only way you would have your series closed is if you broke the rules.

WOW! That's cool! I'll be careful.

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#8 Offline -Windrider-

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Posted Apr 27 2012 - 09:11 PM

Just a reminder and an offer: spoiler tags should be used for storyline-related spoilers only, be it information about upcoming developments in LEGO storylines (Hero Factory, Ninjago) or your own series' canon. This is a global guideline on BZPower.Therefore, you cannot use the spoiler tags for organizational purposes: for hiding long lists, images, etc. in your posts (usually your starting post in your topic). Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to help when it comes to the organization of topics that have already been started. However, if you are planning a new series, and think that you will need additional space beyond the first post in your topic, PM me before you post, as I can help you set up an additional post (or more) so that you don't have to wait for the auto-merge timer.Also, I want you all to know that I am always open to any suggestions you may have for the Comics forum. If you have one, please PM me.
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Posted Oct 27 2012 - 10:20 AM

I have a question.Is the word blood allowed to be mentioned or not?Because I'm working on a Halloween special comic and it might involve that old folk tale Bloody Mary.
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Posted Oct 27 2012 - 12:57 PM

Blood doesn't seem like a bad word to me, Felinuva. What do you think, -Windrider-?
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Posted Oct 27 2012 - 01:45 PM

Considering it is absolutely allowed to have brief amounts of blood in your comics themselves, using the word blood is completely fine. When it comes to the amount of blood you include within the actual comic panels, then you need to be a bit more considerate. However, using the word "blood" is not considered offensive or gruesome at all.-RezEDIT: Just make sure to follow this rule:

Do not post inappropriate content. BZPower prides itself on being kid-friendly. You are not to post -anything- inappropriate, including foul language, (excessive violence), and sexual content.

As you can see, as long as there is no excessive violence and no excessive blood and gore, you are totally allowed to add a bit of violence/blood.

Edited by Reznas, Oct 27 2012 - 01:51 PM.

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Posted Nov 16 2012 - 01:08 AM

So, I'm planning a CYOA (choose your own adventure) series, but it's an extreme horror type. It's probably enough to keep someone up at night. I'm going to keep the violence to a minimum, but am I allowed to release the series? Should I include warnings?
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Posted Nov 16 2012 - 08:33 AM

So, I'm planning a CYOA (choose your own adventure) series, but it's an extreme horror type. It's probably enough to keep someone up at night. I'm going to keep the violence to a minimum, but am I allowed to release the series? Should I include warnings?

To be honest, I don't think it would BZP-appropriate to make an "extreme" horror series, especially if it will genuinely scare people. You may want to consider making it fairly wholesome, as, otherwise, you may not be able to post such a series here.-Rez

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Posted Nov 16 2012 - 10:48 AM

I guess you're right, -Reznas-. I mean, it would be bad if I just gave an innocent comic reader horrible nightmares. I'll find some way to tone the horror down.Thanks, -Reznas-!
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Posted Jan 18 2013 - 01:12 AM

oi, are photocomics allowed? 


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Posted Jan 18 2013 - 02:41 AM

oi, are photocomics allowed? 

 

[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=rgb(0,128,0);]As long as they're Bionicle/LEGO related.[/color][/font]

 

[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=rgb(0,128,0);]-Rez[/color][/font]


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Posted Feb 22 2013 - 04:46 AM

Pardon me for asking, but what is the current consensus on comics made in a style that contains small portions of smooth animation? (i.e. the style of Homestuck)


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Posted Feb 22 2013 - 07:22 AM

I am not a modmin, Rahkshi Lalonde, but I can say that, based upon the rules, this is perfectly allowable in a link, and mostly allowable as a picture; just make sure that the total file size of the image is less than the 500KiB maximum.

 

(I am here because I have my own queries which I'm looking for pre-existing answers for (there are none), but their new expression is more suited to a PM, so I won't put them here.)


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Posted Jun 27 2013 - 10:11 PM

So I've been thinking about Comics for the past month or so, especially about these rules. I've already sent a message to the other active staff of this forum, but I want to include you all as well.

 

We can do this two ways:

  • We can keep discussion in this topic, or
  • I can create a sort of "PM forum."

The PM would be limited to ten other people, though, which might be a problem. In any case -

 

Please state if you want to be involved in helping the Comics forum by posting in this topic (or PMing me). We'll go from there. Thanks~

 

Edit: I'm looking to address the problem of the lack of new authors in this forum as well. These rules might be related to that issue - I'm not sure, but please let me know if you are interested in discussing it as well.


Edited by -Windrider-, Jun 28 2013 - 01:14 PM.

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Posted Jun 28 2013 - 03:09 PM

[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=#008000;]I'm in. Always loved the Comics Forum. Never wanna see this place go down. [/color][/font]

 

[font="'comic sans ms', cursive;"][color=#008000;]-Rez[/color][/font]


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Posted Jul 07 2013 - 07:55 PM

Bam. Major revision complete. Thank you to all who participated!

 

Things changed:

  • Truncated some wordy sections.
  • Condensed the General Rules section.
  • Took out the "complete work" requirement out of the Rules for Authors. Project planning is allowed provided you have some work to show!
  • Reworded some rules from a negative statement to a positive one (e.g. "Do not double post" to "Double posting is allowed if...")
  • Completely changed the way guest star requests work and gave power to the authors to decide how to handle them.
  • Clarified stance on member-run contests.
  • Reworked the guidelines for reviews to state that most "generic comments" aren't so bad after all.

We're now on to discussing how to help this forum's activity. There's still room if anyone else is interested!


Edited by -Windrider-, Jul 07 2013 - 07:57 PM.

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Posted Jul 08 2013 - 12:05 AM

I wish I had been told about this earlier. This place did end up playing in a big part of my childhood, and I'd love to be a part of something like this, even if I'm not superactive anymore.

 

(I am half tempted to bring up my CYOA review topic proposal again, but I think that was talked to death quite a while ago)


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Posted Jul 21 2013 - 09:27 PM

As per this announcement, Comics will now be the home to all kit topics. Because of this, there will also be a few changes to the existing kits rules:

  • Kit artists no longer need to seek approval in order for their topics to be exempt from revival. Kits will have no revival limit like all other topics in this forum.
  • Similarly, kit artists will no longer need approval in order to double post in their kit topics. Double (and triple, quadruple, etc.) posting is allowed provided you have an update to show.
  • Project planning for kit topics will be allowed. Like with comic planning topics, however, please have some work to show before posting.

I'll update the rules tomorrow, most likely. Here's to hoping this merger will increase synergy between comic authors and kit artists and activity in general!


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Posted Sep 10 2014 - 08:11 PM

queeeeestion about the rules, and i may sound dumb for this:

 

iiiif i recall, on old bzp anyway, there was a rule about input-driven comics? (something about them resembling a game too much and that being a separate forum? i have bad memory.)

 

but, it seems now there are input driven comics, and they're getting along fine, so if that rule ever existed, it's gone now. right? :0


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Posted Sep 10 2014 - 08:42 PM

queeeeestion about the rules, and i may sound dumb for this:

 

iiiif i recall, on old bzp anyway, there was a rule about input-driven comics? (something about them resembling a game too much and that being a separate forum? i have bad memory.)

 

but, it seems now there are input driven comics, and they're getting along fine, so if that rule ever existed, it's gone now. right? :0

 

I don't even know if it was a rule, but yeah, if it was, it's gone for good.


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Posted Sep 10 2014 - 08:46 PM

got it,

this means i can fixtify a wrong in one of my works. :u


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