1. When participating in a comic battle, all involved characters must be drawn in a comic for it to be posted. Drawing opponents in a “cover” or promo-style image does not count. The opponent must be clearly depicted in a comic. If the depiction is questionable, it will be up to the Council to make a final decision.
Action taken for breaking this rule: Failure to include your opponent(s) in a comic will result in an immediate default.
1a. In non-death match comic, you do NOT have to draw every character if you or your opponent has a team. You must draw at least one of your characters and at least one of theirs.
Your character is “A & B” and your opponent is “C & D”.
You could draw A and C, B & D, or A & C & D. As long as your opponent and your character are represented in some way.
1b. For death matches, ALL involved characters must be drawn. This includes YOUR characters and theirs. ALL of their characters must die in the comic.
2. Comics must be sequential images that tell a story. A submission that is simply a ‘pin up’, ‘cover’, or an image of text is not a valid submission.
Action taken for breaking this rule: Submitting a comic that is not a comic will result in a default.
3. A scar match, death match or annihilation match must clearly show your opponent getting scarred or killed.
Action taken for breaking this rule: Submitting a comic that does not show the required scar or death will be considered a default.
3a. Guideline for determining which characters need to be killed or scarred for teams:
A team is defined by the name of the character.
‘Amazing Team’ consists of 3 different characters – Amazing Boy, Amazing Girl, and Amazing Dog.
If you faced ‘Amazing Team’ in a death match, you would need to kill all 3 characters.
If you faced ‘Amazing Team’ in a scar match, you would need to scar at least one of the characters as a minimum. You also have the option of scarring just 2, or all 3.
‘Charlie Smith’ is the name of a character. On his design sheet, the artist included Charlie’s dog. The dog is often drawn with Charlie, however the dog is not included in the name of the character.
If you faced ‘Charlie Smith’ in a death match, you would only have to kill Charlie Smith, not the dog.
If you faced ‘Charlie Smith’ in a scar match, you would be required to scar Charlie. Scarring the dog would not count.
4. Character designs or comics cannot violate copyrights.
In short, your art and designs must be original. Parodies are acceptable in some cases, but all content is subject to review by the council.
Action taken for breaking this rule: Submitting a character that violates copyright law will result in a decline. Submitting a comic that violates copyright law will be considered a default. This will be up to the discretion of the Council.
5. Comic drawing deadlines are final. Any content uploaded or emailed to admins after the deadline is not valid. We are not responsible if you upload incorrect images, or corrupted files, or if you lose your internet connection right before the deadline. No exceptions.
Action taken for breaking this rule: If you attempt to circumvent the drawing deadline, you might face a temporary ban from battling. The severity of your offense will be evaluated by administration before a punishment is given.
6. Once posted for voting, you cannot change your comic or alter any pages in any way.
You may over-write what you have uploaded as many times as you want before the deadline. We will change the order of the pages if there is an ordering error.
7. Any vote that is considered unfair or a “cheat vote” will be removed.
Action taken for breaking this rule: If you give out votes that are considered extremely biased, you might have your voting privileges revoked. What is a cheat vote and what is not is determined by the Council. A cheat vote is generally considered to be an undeserved low score for one comic and an extremely high score for another.
8. Creating additional accounts, or urging others to join the site specifically to vote on your comics is prohibited.
Action taken for breaking this rule: If you are found manipulating votes, you will be banned from participating in battles for 3 months. Multiple offenses will result in a perma-ban.
9. Dead characters cannot participate in normal matches, unless it starts during a special event which allows them to (such as Month of the Dead). Dead characters can participate in Annihilation matches all year. Dead characters CAN participate in beyond battles.
10. Characters that have lost a scar match cannot enter another battle until their design sheet has been updated to reflect the new changes.
You are expected to draw your character as they appear on their design sheet post-scar. While failure to draw a scar in a match is not considered a default, it is considered bad sportsmanship. Unwillingness to draw your character with the scar will have a negative impact on your chances of getting into tournaments that involve scars and will reflect negatively on yourself in the community.
11. Harassment, or hateful language is not tolerated.
Action taken for breaking this rule: This will be dealt with on a case to case basis. Punishment could include being temporarily banned from the site or chat room. Repeat offenders will be banned for life.
12. Art and stories in comics must be your own, unless stated otherwise. Collaborative comics are allowed, but they must be set up that way. Your opponent MUST be aware if they are being challenged by a team or individual. Having someone thumbnail, pencil, ink, color, write, etc. without disclosing that information is considered cheating. Getting advice from other artists is allowed, but you MUST create the comic completely on your own.
Action taken for breaking this rule: If it is discovered that you had someone else working on your comic that you did not disclose upfront, your comic will be considered a default. You will also be banned from battling for a period of time to be decided by the council – minimum 1 month. Repeat offenders will be perma-banned.
13. In order to cancel a battle, all artists involved MUST agree to the cancellation.
All involved parties must inform a battle manager stating that they agree to cancel the battle.
14. Tracing art is not allowed. You cannot trace art from sources that you did not create yourself. Using reference is allowed, blatant tracing is not.
Action taken for breaking this rule: If you are caught tracing, your comic will be taken down and considered a default. You will be banned from battling for a period of time determined by the council – minimum of 1 month. Repeat offenders will be perma-banned from battling.
15. Comic battles must be drawn in the time frame given. Starting earlier than the given start time is prohibited.
Action taken for breaking this rule: If start drawing a comic before the comic countdown has started, you will be given an immediate default. You will be banned from battling for a period of time to be determined by council – minimum of 3 months. Repeat offenders will be perma-banned.
16. Perma-Banned members can appeal to the council, if they wish. Appeals will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Appeals can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. It is strongly encouraged that you do not post your comic elsewhere online while it is being voted on. Posting it after the voting is complete is perfectly acceptable.
2. Try to be fair to your opponent while voting is happening. Posting a link to your comic elsewhere and asking people to vote for you is poor sportsmanship.
3. Leave all personal arguments to private conversations. Making a comic with hurtful intentions towards a fellow artist is in poor taste.
4. Extremely biased voting is not only unfair, but it is also against the rules. Give artists the scores that they deserve.
5. Please be aware of your schedule. Drawing multiple battles at once, or drawing while you know you are busy will more than likely result in poor work. No one wants their opponent to default, or cancel a match when they are well into the time period. Make sure you are able to do your best work!
6. Critiques are not personal attacks. Pointing out areas that need improvement is meant to help your growth as an artist. All members are encouraged to give critique in a respectful and helpful manner.
7. Be respectful of others artists’ creations and work. All genres and styles are welcomed on VOID.