Create a Comic, Get into our Exclusive Comic-Con Events (And Score Some Schwag!)

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You know that one of our goals here at the PlayStation.Blog is to grant you access to all things PlayStation. Usually that means access to speak with a developer in a live chat or a Q&A, or, in the case of E3, access to some of our special events.

With San Diego Comic-Con coming up, we’ve got room for both. Sure, we’ll be hitting you up for your burning questions, and then getting them answered on camera. But how would you like access to a couple of sweet PlayStation VIP events? We’ve got your back – but you’ll have to earn your way in.

RCF: ACIT Ratchet Wrench

In conjunction with Comic-Con, on Wednesday, July 22, Insomniac Games and SCEA are planning to host a community event, co-sponsored with G4, to unveil the winner of the “Captain Qwark’s My Blaster Runs Hot” weapons contest and present them with a real-life replica of the weapon they created. In addition to the contest winner unveil, there will be a special reveal and maybe you’ll be cool enough to be one of the first to go hands-on with new Clank gameplay.

The next night, you’ll be one of the few with access into an exclusive PlayStation event where you’ll get to go hands-on with some of our biggest upcoming PS3, PSP and PSN titles.

Space is extremely limited, so how do we decide who gets in? Well it *is* Comic-Con, so we want to see your comic strip creation skills. You don’t necessarily have to be a Penny Arcade-caliber comic creator (though this strip was definitely an inspiration!), we just want to see how creative you are.

Using the template below, create your own Ratchet & Clank comic based on “time.” Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time features all-new Clank gameplay and special “time” abilities that bring meaning to “past selves.” So where will Clank go? What happens when we meets his “past selves?” Well, that’s up to you.

You can print out the template and draw the comic by hand, or do it all digitally, just make sure you send it to by 11:59pm (Pacific) next Friday, July 10th. Please include your name, address, and indicate whether or not you’ll be in the San Diego area on July 22nd.

Use the .jpeg template below, or if you’d like a higher-res version, download the .pdf template here.

RCF Comics Template

Once we receive and process all of the comic strips, we’ll be putting them all into a Flickr folder on Monday, July 13th. The comics with the most views received from July 13th – July 17th will be granted access to PlayStation events on July 22nd and 23rd in San Diego, along with a guest.

“But hey,” you interject, “I’m not going to Saint Diego for this Convention of Comics.” Ah yes, we foresaw that. Send in your comics anyway, and the top rated (again by page view) artists will receive a Comic-Con Schwag Bag, including a bad-ass Ratchet item. After the contest is over, we’ll be tossing shout outs to our favorite submissions, so what do you have to lose? Get cracking!

And please, check out the official rules here. Must be a US resident 18 or older to win.

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21 Author Replies

  • Damn, too bad i have zero art skills. >.>

    • It\’s not all about the art, it\’s about the writing. Well, both. Either way, you\’ve got a week – no harm in trying!

  • meh!

  • Can we enter more than once? Or should we just send (email) you one single strip?

  • *Sends in inFamous strips*


  • *sends in an inFamous strip*


  • Does it has to be only *Ratchet & Clank*?

    I was looking to get more opportunities!
    Such as Cole, Kratos, Drake, etc…

    • in this instance, yes. If we get a good response, maybe we\’ll do it again with a different theme.

  • Could you please be specific of what you’re asking? I’m a little confused… :(

    Besides more of this comic-drawing contest will be well appreciated. Specially if you guys make a God of War III one before the game releases!

  • You say “No Harm In Trying”, but the last time I tried anything, a guy in a mask kicked my dog, and said, “Hey, fella. That’s what you get.”

    And I said, “For what?”

    And he said, “For trying.” Then he made out with my mom.

  • “Using the template below, create your own Ratchet & Clank comic based on “time.” Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time features all-new Clank gameplay and special “time” abilities that bring meaning to “past selves.” So where will Clank go? What happens when we meets his “past selves?” Well, that’s up to you.”

    What do we excactly have to do?

  • Speaking of schwag, I won one of those e3 Uncharted schwag bags last month, but I still haven’t received it yet :(. It’s been 3 weeks, the email said it would take 1-2 weeks.

  • It will take more of this templates to create a whole Ratchet & Clank comic. Probably more than 10. lol

  • @8

    Hahah, that made me laugh. :)

  • Agh! Why!? Now that you’ve opened the flood-gates, fan-fics will be going up left and right. >.< Ratchet’ll be making out and going on dates with Blargian-whatzamahoozits, arguing over the phone bill, appeasing his wife’s crazy whims and any other number of degrading things. What… have you… DONE!? Close the flood-gates now! *Governator impersonation* Get out of here! Get to the dams! Go!

  • @DangerBanceBoy

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH you are an awesome dude.

    i think im gonna give this a shot. ratchet swag should be dope.

  • JEFF !

    Im not a US resident, but if i managed to get over there myself, will my entry be counted? Or is there any prizes for anyone not in the states ?

    Please Reply ;)

    • Jeff Rubenstein

      If you\’re going to be at SDCC, and your entry is one of the top 25 voted, I don\’t see any problems.

      However, as for those *not* going to be at SDCC, where we\’d be sending prizes, yeah, US only, I\’m afraid.

  • I will start my one man campaign of awesome and dreams that will guarantee the new Ratchet release unlimited success. If. ..and only they change the name back to Clock Blocker. Come on it was an awesome name!! A Crack In Time!? Sounds like something they came up with in 12 seconds after someone (an idiot) dissed Clock Blocker. Shame, shame I say!!

  • Sweet, I have a great idea. I’m definately not going to be in SD, so what’s in the swag bag?

    • Jeff Rubenstein

      They\’re planning something really cool – but I can\’t show it yet.

      But I want one ;-)

  • Jeff can you invite me to comic con? Cuz i know your going

  • My messages are’nt coming up !

  • I need to go to the EU blog huh?

    I wish they were cooler over there. Maybe it takes a while to get into the swing of things, how easy was it when you first started Jeff?

  • I take it captions are needed to, right?

  • Ummm, do we need to use the templates? Cause i got a imanginative story, but im no good at drawing on my computer, only real. And i dont have a printer !

  • Hey Jeff,

    Does the strip need to be only 3 panels, or can we have more?

    Plus, can you make it so there are more winners? There are a LOT of Ratchet fans… :)

    • Jeff Rubenstein

      See @22, we\’ll be lenient on the template.

      We can only guarantee a set number of winners, but if we get some really awesome entries after the fact, maybe I\’ll sort through my schwag stash ;-)

  • wow comics? it should be interesting

  • GL to all participating

  • For the record, the Ratchet and Clank series has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee little lad. I bought the PS3 just so I could continue playing the franchise, and as long as the games keep getting released, I’ll keep buying them. As it stands, I have over 50+ PS3 games, and I would own none of them if it were not for Insomniac getting me to buy a PS3.

    It’s a pretty high recommendation. Someone asked me if I really paid $500 for a PS3, and I just said, “No. I paid $560 for the new Ratchet game.”

    And you know what? It was worth every penny. Not to the game store, because I did pay in pennies. They were less than pleased.

  • Thanks Jeff, well is there any point of me entering?

    Heck, maybe i’ll make someone laugh, maybe Jeff, Just Maybe. It’ll be you !

  • Jeff…I’m a manga artist, can I do it black and white with screen tones?…that’s my forte…^__^.

  • MUHAHAHA! This is perfect! I’ve drawn lots of R&C comics! :D

  • Can there be some other type of contest we can enter? Because i suck as Drawing, and printshop, and writing funny comics, and pretty much anything that has to do with art. And i really want the swag bag, and i could pass on the booth tour, but i really wnat a swag bag. Please? Some other contest?

  • Okay, I am sure it’s difficult as hell, but does it get easier? :D

    I just still prefer the personalities on the US blog, and I am familiar with it.

    I am a gamer, I am obviously scared of change.

  • Wow that’s BS, you have to be 18? Way to take out a dedicated artist like me…I would have loved to participate.

  • Damn. There’s no hope of me winning this. I’m 13 and have no artistic talent.

  • Btw Jeff, you said that people can enter as much as they want but the official rules say only one per person, just pointing that out.

  • Haha, great Penny Arcade strip!

    Too bad I’m in Canada…

  • Yet another contest I’m ineligible for because of who I work for. Oh well.

  • Um talking about Schwag bags, I recieved an E-mail regarding the Uncharted 2 Schwag Bag, and it said I wil recieve it in 1 to 2 weeks. Well it’s been over 2 weeks and I don’t have anything.

    Who do I contact about it SCEA or Naughty Dog?

    • Not all have been sent out yet – I\’m thinking everyone will have theirs a week from today.

  • Hey Jeff, speaking of schwag I still haven’t received my prize from that Uncharted 2 contest, do you know if they got delayed or something? Sorry to bug : (.

  • i know wrong place but i bring WIN you paying attention jeff UNCHARTED 2 trophies list:
    first treasure-find 1 treasure
    beginner fortune hunter-find five treasures
    novice treasure hunter-find ten treasures
    enthusiast fortune hunter-find 15 treasures
    intermediate fortune hunter-find 20 treasures
    thats all for now more later maybe not though depends on how i feel

  • Hey, that guy above wrote “Please respond” and Jeff did! Maybe I should do that too!

    Please respond! XP

    (Sorry, I’m having a little too much fun, methinks.)

  • well im in the EU but ill try and make one just to see if i have talent in this area :P i also wanna try my new bamboo tablet that the GF got me :D

  • Damn, I hate when this type of events are US only… Wait a second everything is only on the US! So unfair to Colombia.

  • will there be a canadian playstation blog soon?
    i’m tired of getting shafted
    i’m surprised canadians are not running an older version of the ps3 firmware, everything is different in every country, nobody has the same features or special events, i’m starting to wonder why i ever bought a ps3 in the fist place, thank god i still have the xbox 360, maybe i can still sell this brick before the price drop kicks in and get the maximum cash back for it. but honestly i might be stuck with it, sales aren’t to hot for ps3 anyway. i’ll keep it untill i get a new firmware update and if i don’t get what every ps3 owner has been demanding for the past 3 years, i’m putting a sledge hammer through it

  • So a clank meeting a past self? Is the strip supper to be funny, serious, sad? Or classic funny?

  • Speaking of schwag…what ever happened with the Uncharted 2 schwag? I got the e-mail saying I won and that I should get it in 1-2 weeks…but that was on the 9th…it’s just about a month and I don’t even know what I won!

  • could we perhaps work with someone on this? writer and artist?

  • Why does this blog even exist as the “North American” PSBlog?

    It’s quite obviously the “USA” PSBlog. It should be rebranded as such, so I can stop coming expecting to see anything at all relevant to Canada.

    For God’s sake, there is NO reason why these contests can’t be open to Canada…you’re just all ignorant, Canada hating Americans!

    I’m so sick of this. Perhaps my console allegiances are best served with a company that actually gives a damn about anything in Canada. Like on time content delivery, a video store, and contests open to Canadian residents…like Xbox. Think about what you’re doing with these shoddy US only contests and features Sony, and everyone at the PSBlog.

  • I may have to give this a shot.

  • Jeff, on June 8th you promised interviews with Kazunori Yamauchi and Naughty Dog. We saw the ND interview (and loved it) but we’re still waiting for the interview with Yamauchi-san.

    What gives?


  • @47, look at the URL of this blog.

    I might give this contest a try even though I suck at drawing.

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