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CliveBarker starts us off with the Prologue for Odyssey II and selects the submissions for the final books. The ultimate creative challenge to produce the ultimate deviantART book.


Clive Barker, an "artist first" bestselling author of 20+ books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; Abarat: Absolute Midnight and The Thief of Always, the creative force behind horror films - Hellraiser, Candyman and Nightbreed and the producer of acclaimed Academy Award winning drama Gods and Monsters has requested your collaborative participation in bringing to life one of his otherworldly narrative creations. He will write the opening Prologue to kick things off and he will be the final judge on all the chapter submissions and illustrations.

Last year, Odyssey Into 2012 turned out to be as inspirational as it was aspirational, in the end as auspicious as it was originally audacious.  We took a chance and we learned a lot from you - all who took the time and stayed up late trying to be "creative on a deadline." You should be somehow rewarded. We think we've just the thing to seduce you back for participation in Odyssey II.

Who better than the Hellraiser himself, author of some of the most imaginative literature ever recorded in the English language and a truly accomplished painter, Clive Barker to act as the spectral hand guiding the writers, illustrators and animators of our new Odyssey II to its most mind-blowing end.

Clive has already authored the five paragraphs of the Prologue. Up to this point only techgnotic, marioluevanos and a trusted few of their associates have read the intriguing passages. We are now experiencing sleep disturbances and momentary visual and auditory hallucinations. It may be coincidental, but... Let's just say Clive has provided us with the perfect beginning of the most horrible nightmare, or the most revelatory ode to joy and happiness, ever - one that could go in so many possible directions, too many to imagine. But then, that's your job now.

Clive Barker has decided that proceeds from the book sales of Odyssey II will be donated to The Amanda Foundation and not PETA.  The Terms for Submission for Odyssey II have been changed.



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tamaranorbust Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Hi, I entered my written piece, "Leopards Have Roses" for Chapter 2, but I can't see it in the browse category. Can mods please confirm that it's entered all right?
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techgnotic Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I don't see it in there.  Send me a link.
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tamaranorbust Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Hi, it seems to be listed under the Chapter 2 writing group, but not the general Odyssey II group?
[link]
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TheDreamRunner Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So what are we supposed to do exactly?...
This seems awsome! Can't wait to see the final product! :D:D:D
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CharlesCombs8526 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
And I would like to say thank you to him.And thank him for doing what he has done for so long.And allowing me to grow up with his inspiration.
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CharlesCombs8526 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Clive Barker helped shaped my imagination from a very young age.He showed me worlds and beings that I never thought could have been created.He quite literally was an architect among many whom helped build my creative mind.
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JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the idea of this collaboration, and get so excited....

Then I read the comments -.-

"Why would I do this competition when there is no prize?"
...Its not a competition, but a collaboration of talents in order to create something more imaginative than one could with one mind, its not to win, or lose, but to be a part of the deviant community and showcase your talents.

"Who is Clive Barker anyways? Why would I want to make him more popular with my precious precious artwork?"
...Whether you know who Clive Barker is or not, the purpose of this project is to bring minds together based on the prologue created by Clive Barker. If you know who he is, then it should be an exciting experience to work with him. If you don't, then you can still participate in the collaboration, I mean, Clive wasn't just chosen at random to be the deviant to head this project. He has talent and has proven it, and hey, maybe he really likes your precious artwork and has decided to use it. Would you still dislike him? ... Even if your artwork ended up being published?

"Well, its not like I get anything out of it anyways"
Except for stretching your art muscles with an exercise that is great for your brain? Even if your artwork is not chosen, it is not like you didn't get any experience out of it, and a lot of times finishing someone else's story without knowing how they end it can become very inspirational. Maybe other artwork comes to mind after working on your submission.

"Ok, well, uh... I just want to be bent out of shape on the internet!"
...Thats great. I'm sure there are better ways of unleashing your silent internet fury than to insult a hardworking author who is donating to charity in an incredibly creative way, through a website that promotes inspiration through artwork. I am sure your friends on facebook would be overjoyed to hear your rants and raves about how you will not participate in a contest but will complain about it in the comment section, which is fine and dandy, but next time, if you could please just keep it to your facebook buddies or yourself I am sure many deviants who would actually like to participate in an artist collaboration and get excited about watching a story unfold without any control of the plot direction, would be better off not reading your snappy remark against the author or their collaboration idea.

Anyways, I made a submission. If you read this much of my comment, maybe you will like my submission to this collaboration <[link]>
If not, well, enjoy the collaboration anyways! That is what it is all about!
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FarahBoom Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My book of heroes isn't very long, but you my friend are the 1st page lol.
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JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
will accept your fist bump with honor and gratitude
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If I could fave a comment, I would fave this :) :hug:
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:iconjustcametosayhello:
JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Heh thanks. I just can't stand an artist being bashed... for any reason really.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed wholeheartedly
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KiSol Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
All I can say is ..... yes
100% get what you are saying.
Checking your link now - good luck :)
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:iconjustcametosayhello:
JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you for reading my giant wall of text, and my submission! glad you agree!!!
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I have a quick question about the terms of submission. If our submission is chosen, will we get publication credit in book?
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makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Of course.
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Okay, I thought so. Someone said something about ghost-writing for Clive Barker, and I hoped that that wasn't the case. Thank you.
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Bonniekinz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, what does our passage have to be about?
Does this not start yet considering we are limited on this information?
I suppose I'm just confused haha...
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JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
[link]

Here is the original link, the first chapter written submission date has already passed, but they have not yet selected their submission to base off for the second chapter.
You can still submit artwork for the prologue until tomorrow, and then they will set up the next artwork submission date. Just keep checking in with the original link. Enjoy!
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Arbiter10123 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
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Psychopen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I published a chapter.
[link]

I know it's kinda vague, but hey that's what I can do with 400 words.
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lollyluann Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How come my submission doesn't show up in the search results anymore?
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mjpr83916 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Boo. If this is because of a few people who complained and refused to participate because of the proceeds going to PETA I'd be so disappointed. I'm just going to pull my submission...even if I disagreed with PETA it was still his choice and now it just feels like the integrity of it has been compromised...once again...boo. :(
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theskyismelting Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
why? the money raised is still going to animals in need, which was his ultimate goal. it's just now it's getting to the animals through a charity that doesn't bully people, objectify women and pay more attention to pokemon than genuine animal abuse. suurely it's worth 'compromising the integrity' for that.
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mjpr83916 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To put it another way...it seems now to me that this will be more like a self-doubting, second-best decision making process. And I already wrote a chapter and don't feel like going back over it while thinking to myself..."Why would a few others, who would rather cut their noses off to spite their faces, hate my submission." And then rewrite it to better suit them that prefer committing "artistic abortion" because of a technicality instead of honoring the fact that they could make art.
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Synnic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it is his choice which charity he selects. Have you considered that it is possible that there were things about PETA that Mr. Barker was unaware of and the comments of those who actually objected in a civil fashion caused him not to knuckle under, but to reconsider in the light of new information? (I know some of the comments made were stupidly rude and entirely undeserved regardless of what choices he makes. Those I am not excusing.)
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mjpr83916 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a possibility that there were some things about PETA that others who remained apart from the attempts to passively bully and "snob-coax" him away from PETA could of been expressed to him. But, concidering the fact that he was going to be contributing to the foundation...and assuming, with the 'benefit-of-the-doubt', that he actually did research before flagrantly choosing a charity and is intellegent enough to make a personal decision...was able to know what he was doing when the terms were first issued.
So I have to say that I'm still just going to trust my instincts and resign it to the product of yet another bad situation cause by the few on the internet with opinions.

After all, on the comments about PETA I didn't hear anyone talking about the good that they accomplish, just the few bad things that they've singled-out from the overall goal of helping animals. And if the organization was soooo bad then I'm sure that they wouldn't have enough support to maintain such a large foundation. It's people like the one's that only concern themselves with the bad about others and latch onto that bad that probably drive some of the people of PETA into frenzies of excess and destruction that they seem to hate so much anyways. They're probably people who would antaganize people for caring about animals in the first place and round up other innocent people who only hear the bad things about PETA to blindly antagonize them more in a cycle only ends with a one-sided perspective of insulters.
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Twaxie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, for his opinion (hopefully not a friendly face and actually his real opinion) on why he changed his mind: [link]
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Twaxie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Peta was good a while back, but they had lost focus over time. I really do think that someone seeing their list of good deeds would still assume they were a reputable organization. Whether you agree with their current methods or not, a large amount of the people who were against contributing to them had many facts, documentation, records, etc to put up in the conversation. It's not as black and white as 'helping animals' or 'not helping animals'; if a group helps some animals one day and then attacks other groups that didn't deserve the attack and whose attack wasn't even integral to the argument, then the group becomes suspect.

Regardless, I don't want to influence your decision on entering the contest; you have your reasons and I'm sure anyone could respect that. Mr. Barker had his reasons to change his mind as well, and I'm glad that he did, as more artists will willingly contribute to this piece as a result. I just wanted to mention that it wasn't an unfounded argument, and that the good that Peta had done was also brought up, but it's just the result of the discourse (which I don't think I could call everything that was said "discourse", honestly, there was a lot of anger out there).
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mjpr83916 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really getting tired of defending my choice, but I'll just say this...
All you have to do is go to their site if you want to see fact/documents about their community animal program, mobile pet clinics, and a list of "victories" such as the military withdrawing to use animals for trauma training...and with any large group; like I said before, will have bad people in it reguardless of if they get media attention or not.
And concerning all the "brats", who'd rather help no one rather than help someone they thinks is less than perfect that are now are willing to contribute just proves my point more.

Hopefully no more comments from people assuming it was meant for them and not concider it an expresstion of disappointment to Clive Barker like it was intended.

P.S., reason seems more like a cop-out.
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Twaxie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There was nothing wrong with you choosing to enter this either. There are a ton of reasons to enter this regardless of the PETA thing. People have their own opinions.

I just thought I should voice my own opinion on the subject. The fact that PETA is incredibly well funded already was another point. I'm glad that he said it was going to some group that could probably much better use the funds, rather than him being like 'not giving to a bad organization' or anything. I don't think they're a totally bad organization; in truth, they have done a lot of good in the past. I'm not even entering the collaboration; I don't think I have time. I said I just think it's good mostly because more people will willingly join the collaboration now, which seems to be the point of the whole thing. I am very interested to see how this turns out.

Good luck with your entry!
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SonJessica Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks and sounds fun! Can't wait to try my hand at this contest!
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threedayweekend Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Writer
Why the switch from PETA to Amanda?
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Jz113 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
because peta blows.
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threedayweekend Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Writer
okay?
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Nanuqq Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Clive wrote why on his deviant art page. [link]
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threedayweekend Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Writer
Thanks
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So besides books still what makes him famous. more to him than meets the eye.
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thomasVanDijk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terms for submission may have changed, but it's not much better. And what about actual prizes for the winners? So far, I don't see anyone making anything from winning.
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makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
This not a "contest" with "prizes." It is a participation a collaborative work. The selection of the chapters and illustrations is in the form of editorial decisions - - not in the form of judging.
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Nanuqq Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well it's only a 400 word submission, it took me like an hour to finish my entire submission.

Anyways, if you want to enter a contest that charges a fee to enter** (most do) with the chance of winning apirze, go ahead, there are tons on the internet ;) but what I like about this one is it's free and you can enter an unlimited amount of time. If you feel like your time is to valuable for it, don't do it.

Over 350 subs is a lot to go through for free! I think it's nice that Clive is doing all that for his charity.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The point of winning is getting the chapter you submitted published with the rest of the book.
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thomasVanDijk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And having a book in the store that you don't get any money for, even though you helped write it. That's a bad deal.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Free publicity, and the chance that another publisher will read what you wrote, like it, and then take you on as their publisher is well worth the risk, in my opinion.
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Artist
You seriously reposted the same thing?
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Artist
...there aught to be more than that. That pretty much means "the honor of getting Clive Baker to think you're good enough to ghostwriter a chapter of his book for him"
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makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
You may not understand the nature of collaboration and the connection, the artistic connection, it produces. Others who do will have a terrific time with this project. Watch that interaction and you may see in the outcome the beauty of the process.
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Artist
Actually, I do. I've done thematic RPs, I'm co-writing a book, I've worked on mod projects for games, and I often look to other creative individuals for their perspectives on works I or others (including themselves) have done.

Odyssey II, however, seems more like just throwing darts at a wall and hoping they will stick.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Free publicity, and the chance that another publisher will read what you wrote, like it, and then take you on as their publisher is well worth the risk, in my opinion.
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Artist
...there are better ways of doing that. I've actually got the e-mail of an author who started up a kids version of Comic Con just by talking to him at a signing. People are people, don't put them on a pedestal.
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