Robert Jordan and Tor Books have officially launched their Wheel of Time calendar competition. WoT Artists can submit their artwork to www.wheeloftimecalendar.com. Robert Jordan will personally choose the 12 finalists. The winning pieces of art will appear in a 2009 calendar to be published by Tor. The money raised by the calendar sales will go to benefit Amyloidosis Research at the Mayo Clinic where Robert Jordan is receiving his treatment from.
Here is the press release from Tor:
ROBERT JORDAN ANNOUNCES A CALENDAR ART COMPETITION BASED ON THE WHEEL OF TIMEÂ®!
May 22, 2007:
Robert Jordan has announced a competition on his blog (www.dragonmount.com/RobertJordan) where artists will have the opportunity to submit original artwork based on the Wheel of TimeÂ® for inclusion in a 2009 calendar!
He writes, â€œI know there is some really professional quality work because I have seen it. Style doesnâ€™t matter in this. Manga, hyper-realism, current cover-art. Whatever. Anything and everything is acceptable as a possibility. It will be the quality that counts, not the style. If you want to try it the way you think Rembrandt would have done it, go for it.â€
The competition will run from Tuesday, May 22nd through Wednesday, August 15th,* and the initial judging will be conducted under the supervision of a panel of judges from several popular Wheel of TimeÂ® websites including:
Robert Jordan will personally select the top 12 images to appear in a 2009 WHEEL OF TIMEÂ® calendar. Winners will also receive a copy of the calendar, along with a signed note from Robert Jordan thanking them for submitting artwork to the competition.
So start thinking about how you would like to conceptualize the characters, locations or events in Robert Jordan Wheel of TimeÂ® novelsâ€”and get to work! You can find all of the details, including the Official Rules, at www.wheeloftimecalendar.com.
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he now lives with his wife Harriet, in a house built in 1797. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism. He enjoys the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He has been writing since 1977.
Dragonmount.com is one of the largest and most established Wheel of TimeÂ® websites online, hosting a community of tens of thousands of fans of the fantasy series. Since 1998, Dragonmount.com has provided fans with news, interviews, sneak peaks, on-line games, and other activities related to the Wheel of TimeÂ® franchise. As Robert Jordan's primary point of contact with the Wheel of TimeÂ® fan base, Dragonmount.com has remained at the forefront of the Wheel of TimeÂ® community, and continues to receive on-going praise from the author, his publishers, and the many fans of the series.
Wotmania has been around since October of 1998 and currently features over 45,000 registered usernames. The site's primary focus is on WoT with plenty of information resources, message boards, quizzes, games, art, and other WoT-oriented distractions. But the site also includes a strong community related to other fantasy authors, to help WoT fans find other interesting authors to read while waiting for the release of the next WoT book.
TarValon.Net, among the largest The Wheel of TimeÂ® organizations, has
an incredibly active membership and serves thousands of fans. The website boasts current news and exclusive interviews, an extensive wiki-styled research library that covers in-depth research into Jordan's world, over 90 forums, many well moderated chatrooms, daily special activities, games, an art gallery, and much more. New content is added continuously. TarValon.Net is particularly known for it's real life functions, and boasts the most numerous and well attended official functions of any Wheel of Time community (with annual events in North America, Europe and Australia). TarValon.Net is a real life community with an exceptionally strong online presence, and emphasizes real life friendships and community service
among its members and in the world at large.
This site is dedicated to planning Robert Jordan's Wheel of TimeÂ® programming track at Dragon*Con. Users can register to post news, access the forums, and receive monthly email updates about the track and the rest of the convention.
Encyclopaedia WoT â€”
Encyclopaedia WoT is a comprehensive encyclopedia on the world of The Wheel of TimeÂ®. In addition to annotated chapter summaries, Encyclopaedia WoT has extensive write ups on characters, geography, history, and much more. With over 3000 pages and up to 300,000 page hits per month (not including downloaded copies!) EWoT is the preeminent source of information for all aspects of Robert Jordan's world. This site is also one of the oldest Jordan fan sites, continuously online since 1998.
NEED INSPIRATION? TOP 5 THINGS THAT WILL GET YOU GOING:
* Read the first chapter of each book in the Wheel of TimeÂ® series.
* Listen to the audiobook of New Springâ€”the prequel to the entire Wheel of TimeÂ® series! Pick it up or download it today! Visit www.audiorenaissance.com for more info.
* Read Jordanâ€™s blog entries on (www.dragonmount.com/RobertJordan).
* Test your knowledgeâ€”take the Knife of Dreams Internet Hunt quiz at www.knifeofdreams.comâ€”just for fun!
* Check out the participating websitesâ€”theyâ€™re jam packed with cool and interesting info on Robert Jordan and the Wheel of TimeÂ®!
*Dates are subject to change
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