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October 12, 2012
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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?
techgnotic Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I don't see it in there.  Send me a link.
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?
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
will accept your fist bump with honor and gratitude
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If I could fave a comment, I would fave this :) :hug:
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