The WCW shut its doors 10 years ago1. In its wake, it left a huge hole in the art form. The WCW dying created the monopoly WWE has enjoyed to the detriment of the wrestling industry. There were myriad reasons the WCW died, and there was a ton wrong with the company and its culture. But there are already a few books about how the WCW died. Because we like to do things a little differently around here, we’re going to publish a book about how the WCW lived. It’s been 10 years, and I think we should celebrate the characters that made the WCW a memorable place.
How are we going to do that? Issues 1 & 2 were sets of (great) essays. There’s no way that format could possibly cover an entire wrestling company. So for this issue, we’re going to change things up a bit. “The WCW”2 will be a creative encyclopedia of sorts, with a little morsel for every WCW character. We’re asking for volunteer submissions that are short, punchy, funny, informative, enlightening, and together, make an invaluable pastiche of our collective memory of the WCW.
To contribute to Issue 3: “The WCW”, check out our “contribute” post, find a character that you’d like to use as a subject (if they’re not crossed-off, they’re fair game), and then submit your contribution.
Here’s the part where I’m clear as the rules for Battlebowl3:
- No more than 200 words.
- Illustrations are cool, as is photography.
- Haiku’s are cool.
- You do not need to have encyclopedic knowledge of a character to write about them.
- Personal and witty will always be better than informational and clinical.
- Though, if you want to send in something scientific and insanely math-based, we will accept that, especially if you can produce a thereom for the nWo b-team.
- In the spirit of the holidays, issue 3 is totally volunteer-based. Every contributor will get a digital bundle of the book.
- If you think your piece will take some time, email us and let us know, so we’ll cross your character off.
- The DEADLINE for submissions is November 30. We’re looking to make pre-orders available December 10. The plan is for the digital bundle to be available before Christmas.
Jason Mann and myself will be providing 12 slightly longer pieces in order to provide structure to the book. I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys create. The first two issues set such a great precedent, and I can’t wait to see how awesome this turns out. Let’s say goodbye to an old friend the best way we can.