Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Creator Owned Day - March 1st

Creator Owned Day is 1st March 2012.

The challenge:

Create a sketch of an original character or concept and and post it on your blog Thurday 1st March. It should be a concept completely owned by the artist (or co-owned with the writer/collaborators permission to post).

Why? A number of reasons: 

1. A lot of reader and creator focus is on characters owned by larger corporations. Let's bring a little spotlight on creating brand new, creator owned concepts.
2. Bringing a little awareness to the business side of co-creating original content. Take a look at Jeff Parker's article and follow up comments on the subject. Co-creators can take this opportunity as a little trial run, just make sure to have a mutual agreement in advance.
3. Fun! A few creators discussed the idea on Twitter and thought it was a great opportunity to create something entirely new, while bringing attention to these sketches.

The details:

1. Create an sketch of a new character/character you own. We're doing this primarily to get our imaginations running, so a concept specifically created for Creator Owned Day is probably ideal. It should NOT be a character owned by either a company eg. Marvel's Wolverine, OR owned by other creators e.g. Todd McFarlane's Spawn. It also shouldn't take distinct features from characters owned by others e.g. Wolverspawn You must own the character.
2. Post it on your blog, or Facebook, Twitter etc.
3. Share your post using the Twitter hashtag #CreatorOwnedDay.
3. Help us spread the word by retweeting your favourite new characters. 
Sound like fun? Let's do it!


  1. Will do. Looking forward to seeing what people come up with!

  2. Question. I can't draw for nuts. But I write. I have fantastic ideas and know heaps of talented artists. Can I commission one of my characters and submit that? Credit to the artist of course but I own the IP. Is that flying in the face of the intent of C.O.D.?

  3. I think that sort of goes against the idea Andy :)

    I'd recommend finding a collaborator who will do a sketch and own the character with you, or I suppose you could always write up an original character/concept description and post that.

  4. Cool idea! Z-Girl will be on board for the day :-D

  5. I think that this is an excellent idea, and a great, fun challenge too.

    I'll definitely be taking part, though I can't vouch for the actual quality of the content ;)

    ... I also want to put forward the idea that Stephen makes this happen each and every year! :D


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  8. I hope you don't mind, Stephen, but I've nicked this blog entry and reposted on my DeviantArt, with credit to you, of course. Really want to help get the word out about March 1st, and you put it all so beautifully!

  9. Of course Jack, the more people taking part, the more fun it will be!

  10. im in, gives me a chance(which i have everyday, but rarely take it) to rethink my characters design

  11. I'm in! Gonna have to put down Skyrim long enough to whip up a sketch of one of my characters. :P

  12. Great idea! Just posted mine. Thus is a great idea, but we should do this monthly. Or weekly even. There are too any great creatives waiting to be discovered.