Hello and thank you for your interest! The HA6S project is a collaborative fan-comic project that gives people the opportunity to participate in the HA! fan-community as well as the prospect to flex and improve their skills as an artist/writer, ect. This project is heavily dependent on the contributions of its volunteers, so any help, big or small, would be greatly appreciated! We’re highly flexible in terms of length of commitment, so your contribution can range from something small (like making an advertisement) to something large (like working on an episode project). There are many ways to help, so please take the time to read through the possible roles you can play.
Once you have an idea of how you want to contribute, you can learn how to register as a HA6S staff member.
- Website Manager
- Critical Analyzers
Write and devise a storyline for a sixth season episode. At the HA6S project, you will be given the opportunity to flex/improve your skills as a writer and the chance to have your story drawn into a comic! You can be a Brainstormer, Script Writer, and/or a Thumbnail Artist. Let your creative side loose as the possibilities for a sixth episode storyline are huge. For example, it’s no problem if your story has Arnold and the gang as teenagers/adults. No biggie! The episode could be about Arnold and the gang dreaming/fantasizing about what it would be like in an alternate future. Just be sure that your story can comply with the simple and easy to follow storyline criteria.
Come up with and devise the general storyline for a sixth season episode. Brainstormers should be able to write/explain a detailed outline of their story’s sequence of events and are recommended to work closely with Script Writers, Thumbnail Artists, and Editors.
Write the script and dialogue for a sixth season episode storyline so that it may be converted into a comic. Script writers should be comfortable with the speaking style of each HA! character and are recommended to work closely with Brainstormers, Thumbnail Artists, and Editors.
Convert the script of a sixth season episode into comic form by determining the panel layout of each comic page. Thumbnail artists should be able to visualize how an episode storyline would look like as a comic and are recommended to work closely with Brainstormers, Script Writers, other Artists, and Editors. No drawing skills are required.
Create the script and thumbnails for a HA! one-shot (gag) comic. Unlike regular episode projects, one-shot (gag) comics do not require a complete storyline, are very canonical, and are much shorter (i.e. less than 10 pages). They can be bloopers, supplementary scenes to existing HA! episodes, ect. Gag writers are recommended to work closely with other gag writers, editors, and artists.
Help revise and improve the storylines of regular episode projects and gag comics by looking out for and correcting any mechanical errors and plotholes. Editors should be able to look over storylines with a critical eye and give tactful but helpful constructive criticism. They are highly recommended to watch all 100 HA! episodes and “Hey Arnold! The Movie” before working on the HA6S project and will be working with writers and artists alike.
Draw the comics for the HA6S project! Flex and improve your skills as an artist as you will be given several opportunities to work on various episode projects of your choice. Art style is not a huge issue as long as you can draw in a way that readers can easily identify who each HA! character is. Comics can be drawn by hand or computer, be in colour or black and white, ect. You may wish to share the art process with other artists, as the role of Artist is split into several subroles — you can be a thumbnail artist, penciler, inker, colorist, background artist, and/or clean-up artist. However, artists working on an episode project will be asked to keep a small commitment: for simplicity and consistency reasons, an entire episode project should be drawn by the same (group of) person(s). For example, an inker working on Episode Project #1 will have to ink all pages of that episode project. The next episode project can be inked by a different person, but that person will have to ink all pages of Episode Project #2. An artist sub-role (i.e. penciler, inker, colorist, ect.) can be shared between two people as long as they share a similar art style. Overall, the HA6S project gives you the opportunity to work with other HA! fans to create a higher form of fanwork.
Convert the script of a sixth season episode into comic form by determining the panel layout of each comic page. Thumbnail artists should be able to visualize how an episode storyline would look like as a comic and are recommended to work closely with Brainstormers, Script Writers, other Artists, Editors. No drawing skills are required.
Using the Thumbnail Artist’s thumbnail pages as a guideline, sketch the comic pages of a sixth season episode project. Pencilers are recommended to work closely with Thumbnail Artists and Inkers. However, since sketching is an optional step in the comic-making process, pencilers may or may not be needed for certaub sixth season episode projects.
Finalize the sketched pages of an episode project by drawing the comic page’s lineart. Inkers are recommended to work closely with Pencilers, Colorists, and Clean-up Artists.
Colour (or shade, if the comic is in black and white) the main characters and props in the comic pages of an episode project. Colorists are not required to colour/shade the backgrounds, although they are recommended to work closely with Inkers, Background Artists, and Clean-up Artists.
Draw and colour/shade the backgrounds of an episode project’s comic pages. Background Artists may wish to draw one large background and then using bits of the picture for each comic panel, so that backgrounds already drawn may be used in the future. They are recommended to work closely with Colorists and Clean-up Artists.
Type in (by computer) the narration and dialogue of an episode project’s comic pages. If they have not already been inserted, word bubbles should be drawn in with the dialogue by the Clean-up Artist. Similar to the role of Editor, Clean-up Artists will look for and correct any graphical errors in the comic (e.g. incorrect hair colour, body proportions, ect.). They may also add additional special effects (e.g. movement lines, blur, sepia tones, ect.) to the comic pages as that they see fit in order to enhance the presentation of the episode project. Clean-up Artists are recommended to work closely with other artists.
Increase the awareness of the HA6S project through art, videos, writing, and/or word of mouth. Doing so will help increase the audience size for this comic project as well as help recruit new staff members. They may also help advertise future episode projects via sneak-peeks and teasers. Length of commitment to the HA6S project as an Advertiser is very flexible, ranging from as little as one advertisement to as large as dozens of advertisements.
Make and design the official HA6S website where the HA6S comics (episodes) will be released to the general public to read. One active member of the HA! fan-community, Destineyjen, has volunteered to create a sub-domain for the official HA6S website to be opened October 7, 2010. Website managers will be required to work with Destineyjen and other website managers.
Express and explain your opinions/observations about HA! to the HA! fan-community by contributing and writing posts to the “Hey Arnold!” Critical Analysis website. Doing so can help give the HA6S staff and HA! fans more varied insights and lessons on the world of “Hey Arnold!”, and can help you understand the cartoon series better as you explain your opinions/observations.
Help the HA6S project to be more inclusive by translating the HA6S comic from English to other foreign languages! Translators are expected to be fluent in writing/reading English and the language that they intend to translate the HA6S comic into.