Official Press Release
August 19, 2004 – So you’re looking to have your story
or art published, but can’t quite seem to crack into
the majors? Independent publisher, GEEKPUNK, has
teamed with the popular resource website for writers,
SCRYPTIC STUDIOS, to bring you the opportunity to
finally see your name in print!
One lucky winner will be selected by HERO HAPPY HOUR
creator, Dan Taylor, to have his or her story
published in GEEKPUNK’s upcoming HERO HAPPY HOUR SUPER
“Speaking from first hand experience, it’s an uphill
battle for the would-be comic book writer to be
published for the first time,” said Taylor. “With
HERO HAPPY HOUR I now have the ability to offer a
chance for these would-be comic book writers to get
their first publishing credit and their foot in the
door. The first HERO HAPPY HOUR SUPER SPECIAL had
stories contributed by a handful of up and coming
talents as well as the likes of Steve Niles, Scott
Morse, Todd Nauck, and Tom Beland.”
What’s the catch? Only one … you’ve got to register
to win! This contest is open to SCRYPTIC STUDIOS
message board members only, so if you want play,
you’ve gotta stay!
Here are the rules:
• The contest is open only to members of the SCRYPTIC
STUDIOS message boards. You can join the boards at
http://www.scrypticstudios.com and register to win!
Contestants must provide their board username to be
eligible to win.
• Story length must be two-to-four pages in length –
no less, no more.
• The story must take place within THE HIDEOUT BAR &
GRILL. No other locations will be accepted.
• You are free to use characters of your own creation
or any character that appears in the regular HERO
HAPPY HOUR issues. Other creator owned characters that
appeared in the HERO HAPPY HOUR SUPER SPECIAL 2004 are
excluded for obvious legal ownership issues. You can
find more about characters appearing in HERO HAPPY
HOUR at http://www.geekpunk.com.
• Keep all material PG-rated.
• Submit a complete two-to-four page script with at
least one page of unlettered sequential art that
corresponds to at least one of the pages from the
• The final art for the winning submission must be
completed by November 30, 2004. If finished artwork is
not submitted in time GeekPunk reserves the right to
reward the prize of publication to another.
• Any scripts submitted without an example of
sequential art will not be considered.
• All original characters created will remain the
property of the creator.
• The winning entry will be published in HERO HAPPY
HOUR SUPER SPECIAL 2005, and will receive 12
complimentary copies to share with the artist as
• No financial compensation will be awarded to the
winning writer. GeekPunk will not be responsible for
financial compensation for any artwork.
• GeekPunk is the sole originator of this contest and
SCRYPTIC STUDIOS accepts no responsibility or
• GeekPunk reserves the right to modify these rules as
they see fit.
• All artwork must be Black and White or Grayscale
only. No color work.
• Lettering chores will be provided by GeekPunk.
• For more information, visit
The contest deadline for having your script considered
is September 30, 2004. At least one page of sequential
art that corresponds with the submitted script must be
included. Any submissions without an accompanying art
example will be disqualified. Submissions should be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with attached
script in doc or rtf format with b/w or grayscale
artwork in gif or jpg format.
The winning submission will be announced no later than
October 15, 2004.
“I think this contest is a great way to promote the
goal of SCRYPTIC STUDIOS; which is to get people
writing and being creative. Dan’s created a wonderful
cast of characters, and we’re very excited that he
would let our members into his home to play with his
toys,” said Scryptic member, Ryan Scott Ottney.
“With any luck, people won’t just register and leave.
We’re hoping to gain some new friends on the SCRYPTIC
STUDIOS message board.”
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ABOUT SCRYPTIC STUDIOS:
SCRYPTIC STUDIOS is an online writer’s studio and
resource center, founded in June 2004 by Ryan Scott
Ottney (http://www.ryanscottottney.com); enlisting the
help of Kevin Melrose, Jeff Stevenson, Jim Keplinger,
and Dan Taylor. The purpose of SCRYPTIC STUDIOS is to
provide writers of all types a place where they can
easily access story references and resources, as well
as discuss ideas and techniques with other writers.
SCRYPTIC STUDIOS gives writers a place to be
First and foremost, GeekPunk is a publisher of comic
books. We could be called small press,
self-published, or independent. But, we prefer the
term guerilla publishers. Formed in order to publish
the comic book HERO HAPPY HOUR, GeekPunk continues to
publish additional issues of HERO HAPPY HOUR as well
as exploring other entertaining comic book ventures
for those looking for something different. For
additional information visit the GeekPunk web site at
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