Marvel Create Your Own

Make your own Marvel comic with upcoming app (with a few conditions)

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Dec 29, 2017, 4:39 PM EST (Updated)

If your local comic store or library doesn’t supply you with all the Marvel comics you can handle, or your favorite run was recently canceled, the publisher is cooperating with Tap Tap Comics to release an app allowing users to create their own.

Marvel: Create Your Own, which as of yet has no official release date, uses a stockpile of backgrounds and superhero character models (with different poses) to solve the ultimate problem of comic creation: drawing is hard. Would-be writers will have the chance to go artist-less with the new app, adding speech bubbles and sharing their completed comics with an online audience.

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While there are few details available on the website, there’s the ability to sign up for a mailing list that will send out updates. In the meantime, you can begin planning your ideas, though there are plenty of restrictions about what will and will not fly on Marvel’s service.

According to the terms of use on Tap Tap’s site, anything you create on the app belongs to Tap Tap and Marvel. That’s typical. What’s a little odd is what content is allowed. No profanity, but also no “proxies for bad or offensive language (X@#%!)” or “noises related to bodily functions.” No “sensationalism (killer bees, gossip, aliens, scandal, etc.)” allowed, which seems to count out large swaths of the Marvel universe, or “other controversial topics (social issues, etc).”

If anything, this speaks to the target audience of the app because, according to Marvel, they want the app to be “a game changer for fledgling comic creators looking to do their own thing.” That, along with a ban on “content that could frighten or upset young children or the parents of young children,” makes it clear that this service is aimed toward youthful creatives making their first foray into the comics world.

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