Amazing Kids! Magazine

Questions and Answers about the new Comic Hub – a place where the fandom and Marvel Universe unite!

By Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor

 

Since the Comic Hub is a new column, we have answered some frequently-asked questions to clarify our goals and what we do.

Who runs the Comic Hub?
To answer your question, no single person ‘runs’ the Comic Hub. A team supervises the Comic Hub to ensure that it operates smoothly and efficiently. That team consists of two co-editors at the Comic Hub: Sehen, the Fanfiction Editor; and Sarina, the Comic Editor. While they both thoroughly revise and critique fanfiction and comics; each editor specializes in a particular area. Sehen specializes in fanfiction, and Sarina specializes in comics.

What should I know about the Comic Hub?

The Comic Hub is a new column that opened its doors to the public in July, 2015. What’s great about the Comic Hub is that it’s a new column. And a new column means…new ideas…new dreams…new and improved writing…new creations…new possibilities…a new column means new achievements. The more you post, the more you grow!

What topics will you cover in the Comic Section?

Possible topics for the next year include:

New superheroes (Marvel got its first Eastern female superhero, Kamala Khan), new comics (recent discussion about possible new series of Batman comics), thorough reviews of comic-based movies, such as Avengers Age of Ultron, upcoming events in the comic world (Comic Con, why it’s so famous), reviews of new or past cartoon shows (Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Gravity Falls), current buzz in the Marvelverse, the evolution of comics, why comics continue to be so important, helpful information for Comic Newcomers, tips on how to write your own comic, reviews of the best comic books, interviews with comic book writers/(digital) animators (such as Brain Pop and Cartoon Network producers) to encourage kids to write books and graphic novels, an introduction to kid-friendly manga, why anime is revolutionizing the world, and reviews and discussions of popular animated movies. (Feel free to add your own suggestions to the pile!)

What topics do you cover in the Fanfiction Section?

If you are unfamiliar with the term “fanfiction”, it’s when you write about a group of characters, plot line, or story that already exists—and credit the author. The point of writing fanfiction is to make the book end the way you want it to. Some readers aren’t satisfied with the epilogue and others speculate, “What happened even after that?” Some suggested topics at the Fanfiction Section include: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Mortal Instruments, Warriors, Hunger Games, Maximum Ride, 39 Clues, Artemis Fowl, Animorphs, the Divergent Trilogy, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

What goals do you have for the Comic Hub?

Our mission: to make the column equally accessible and fun for comic fans and novices.
Our vision: to write and publish stories that will help people leave the column with a clear understanding of (and hopefully, interest in) comics.

Can I submit my work to any editor?

Yes. However, as we’ve said before, while they both edit fanfiction and comics; each editor specializes in a particular area. Sehen specializes in fanfiction, and Sarina specializes in comics.

What do we require in the Comic Hub?

  • Make sure that your story is relevant to the CH. If it has nothing to do with comics, cartoons, or fanfiction, it does not belong in the CH.
  • Please submit it to us. We’ll notify you if and/or when your story will be published.

Where should I contact these two editors?
All submissions go to editor@amazing-kids.org, including articles, stories, scans and drawings. Fanfiction will then be sent to Sehen and Comics to Sarina where they will work on them as a team. We would love to hear from you!

Are there any words that I need to know before entering the Comic Hub?

Marvelverse: “The Marvel Universe is the fictional shared universe where the stories…published by Marvel Entertainment take place. This includes Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers are from this universe.” (Google.) In my words, ‘Marvelverse’ is a term used to refer to the entire spectrum of extremely popular comic books and movies that originate from the company Marvel.

Potterverse: A term used to refer to the entire spectrum of extremely popular fanfiction that originates from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. ‘Potterverse’ is a portmanteau of the words ‘Potter’ and ‘universe’.

Fanfiction: stories based around another author’s character or group of characters. “Most Harry Potter fanfictions are a good read.”

Fandom: the kingdom of fanfiction writers that write about a particular book or character. Example: “The Harry Potter fandom keeps on growing. Every day, 100 more stories about Harry are published.”

Fanfic: an abbreviation for fanfiction. The name used in place of ‘story’. Example: “A fanfic about what happens between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort in the Great Hall.”

Are there copyright rules for writing and illustrations?

Yes. Amazing Kids! abides by fair use (in my words, the cited information that people can quote/ the cited pictures that people can copy, for special purposes like criticism, reporting news, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from the person who came up with that information/drew that picture—which is usually the author/the illustrator).

  • Amazing Kids! does not tolerate plagiarism of any kind.
  • Parodies aren’t counted as infringements of fair use. (So if you credit J.K. Rowling and you publish a play called: The Harry Potter Parody, it’s OK.)
  • All work Amazing Kids! receives from other sources shall be properly credited and cited, and will be fairly used.
  • Do be transformative with your work. Without transforming the work into something new, you will be taking credit for the original creator’s work, which is not allowed.
  • Do properly credit and cite the creator of the work.
  • Don’t use other people’s work or modifications of their work for commercial uses.
  • Amazing Kids! will not publish work that is negative towards other authors. Please keep all work positive and creative.

What else should I know about the editors?

Here’s some information about us:

Sarina is the Jr. Assistant Editor and the Comic Hub Co-Editor. Long before that, she had been a faithful contributing writer for 3½ years. Sarina’s favorite character from a comic book is the dynamic Mystique, but the genius Professor X comes second. She has won several awards for her poetry. Sarina is fond of all styles, genres, and flavors of writing. Her favorite books to this day are Dead End in Norvelt, The False Prince, Wonder, Emmy and The Incredible Shrinking Rat …among several others. If Sarina was a character in the Potterverse, she would be Luna Lovegood. Her favorite show to date is Steven Universe. She admits to being the most like Amethyst from Steven Universe. Her favorite song is “Space Unicorns!”

Sehen. He is the Comic Hub Co-Editor. Long before that, he had been a faithful contributing writer for quite some time. He has an infectious enthusiasm for fanfiction and a knack for brightening anybody’s day. If Sehen was a character in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, he would probably be the protagonist Harry…wait…he’s written a fanfiction about that! It’s called A New Life, and it’s an amazing story! Check it out at: http://mag.amazing-kids.org/2015-magazine-issues/julyaugust-2015-issue/a-new-life-a-potterverse-based-fan-fiction/

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