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Broken Pencil & Open Book: Toronto present "The Indie Writers' Deathmatch IV Cartoon Contest"

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Broken Pencil & Open Book: Toronto present "The Indie Writers' Deathmatch IV Cartoon Contest"

by Nathaniel G. Moore

Check out Open Book: Toronto's Video of the Week and enter to win a Broken Pencil prize pack! Your prize pack will include a one-year subscription to the magazine and a copy of the anthology Can't Lit (ECW Press, 2009). The runner up will a set of Broken Pencil buttons and a copy of the fall issue. To enter, send an email with the subject line "Indie Writers" to and tell us the name of one of the Canadian celebrities you spotted in the video. The contest closes on November 15, 2010.

About the Artist: Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez lives in Spain and works in a variety of creative mediums. I came across his video for Bret Hart's historic return to the WWE a few months ago, around the time I was thinking of ways to make this year's Indie Writers' Deathmatch IV a bit more exciting leading up to the deadline.

So I asked Jose to do some animation for me, and he agreed. "Well, I've been playing piano and painting pictures since I was seven or eight years old. Then I started to play the guitar by myself. I played in a couple of bands just for fun. And meanwhile I went to University to study industrial engineering," he says. "Everyone told me to make something related to art but I don't know why I chose that, well yes, because it had prestige and future."

The desire to make art, however, was very strong, and after directing one short film and a music video, Jose found his calling. He was busy doing cartoons for his friends when someone suggested he make animated videos. And his work has put him in demand in some pretty cool gigs. Last fall Jose went to work on the forthcoming film O Apostolo, which, he says, "is the second stop-motion 3D animation film that has been made in history, after Coraline, I think."

In addition to all this, more bands have been asking for him to work on videos, posting his fan videos on their official music sites and keeping him in business as a freelance new media artist. To view his work visit his Youtube channel here.

The Indie Writers' Deathmatch IV
Submission Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010

Most importantly, the deadline for entering Indie Writers' Deathmatch IV is looming. Now that you're energized and pumped and have done a few sit-ups, it's time to enter your best story (1500-3000 words) and qualify to be one of eight finalists in the deadliest fiction contest on the planet. This year's champion will win $300 cash money, publication in Broken Pencil issue 51, $300 in Broken Pencil prizes and bragging rights forever more. Last year an estimated 90,000 people participated in our online arena, making comments and reading the stories. And this just in — this year's deathmatch will have seven indie bands promoting each round of the contest with a kick-ass song! So far we have songs from Toronto's Tomboyfriend, Edmonton's Hot Panda and Montreal's Puggy Hammer confirmed to appear. Imagine your story being read by thousands of angry fans with a soundtrack! OMG! FTW!

Enter your best ever deathmatch story here.

And be sure to follow Broken Pencil on good ol' Twitter for constant updates and hype @brokenpencilmag.

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