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Enjoy MarvelFest NYC 2009: Oct. 28, 6 PM ET

Join us for the world premiere of the ASTONISHING X-MEN motion comic and Marvel costume contest!

Hey Marvelites, if you're in the New York area be sure to mark October 28 down on your calendar as a historic day for the future of comics as we host the world premiere of the ASTONISHING X-MEN Motion Comic at Union Square.

The festivities begin at 4 PM ET at Forbidden Planet (www.fpnyc.com) where you'll get a chance to meet and get autographs from comic book greats such as Neal Adams (UNCANNY X-MEN), Chris Claremont (UNCANNY X-MEN, X-MEN FOREVER) and Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN).

Then be sure to march down to Union Square by 6 PM ET to get ready for the world premiere of the ASTONISHING X-MEN Motion Comic and Marvel Costume Contest!


Dress up as your favorite Marvel character (Aunt May costumes are TOTALLY in vogue this year) and be in the running for some great prizes including the chance to be featured in a Marvel comic! All Marvel Costume Contest participants will receive an exclusive Nick Fury action figure (while supplies last) and more goodies!

Remember, originality and faithfulness to the characters count so be sure to crack open some comics for inspiration.

The contest starts at 5:30 PM ET at Union Square so be sure your cape is pressed, your spandex fits just right and your Wolverine claws are good to go! Join us for a great night of fantastic costumes and comics!

If you can't make it to the event be sure to get the ASTONISHING X-MEN Motion Comic on iTunes. It debuts the same day as MarvelFest NYC 2009, Wednesday, October 28!

Astonishing X-Men Marvel Motion Comics Costume Contest

Official Rules (the "Official Rules")


The object of the Astonishing X-Men Marvel Motion Comics Costume Contest (the "Contest") is to dress as your favorite Marvel character in a family friendly costume (the "Costume") at Marvel's New York City outdoor premiere of the Astonishing X-Men Marvel Motion Comic on October 28, 2009 (or such other date as determined by Marvel) (the "Event") which staff members of the Marvel will judge based on criteria set forth in the Judging section below.


The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years or older at the time of entry (except in the case of legal residents of certain states or Washington DC where the age of majority is greater than eighteen (18) years of age, such age of majority), located in the New York City vicinity as of October 27, 2009.  The Contest is open only to individuals; entries from organizations and professional costume designers are not permitted. Employees, officers and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ("Marvel"), the other Marvel Entities and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest are not eligible to participate.  The "Marvel Entities" shall mean Marvel and its subsidiaries or affiliated entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Marvel, and the directors, officers, employees and agents of the above entities.  The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation. 


Entry Period:  The Contest runs from 5:30PM Eastern Time ("ET") until 6:30PM ET on October 28, 2009 (the "Contest Period").


To enter, eligible entrants must arrive at the Event in Costume and must provide the following required information on the entry form (the "Entry Form"):

1)   Name

2)   E-mail address

3)   Date of Birth

4)   Telephone Number (home and mobile)

5)   ZIP code

Entrants to the Contest will be given the option to receive commercial e-mails from Marvel and its promotional partners and/or mobile text messages and updates from Marvel and its promotional partners; however, eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon entrant's consent to receive such e-mails or mobile text messages and updates. Standard messaging rates apply to mobile text messages and updates. Check with your mobile service provider for more information. 

In-person entry only at the Event. No other method of entry will be accepted.  Entrants are solely responsible at their expense for any materials and/or supplies that may be required in order to create the Costume and/or enter the Contest.  Transportation, lodging and related expense to attend the Event and/or participate in the Contest are the sole responsibility of each entrant.

All information submitted by entrants is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, Marvel.com's Terms of Use accessible at: http://marvel.com/company/index.htm?sub=terms_current.htm and Privacy Policy accessible at: http://marvel.com/company/index.htm?sub=privacy_current.htm.  Entrants must fully complete and submit all non-optional data requested on the Entry Form and provide their form to the applicable Marvel employee or agent at the Event.  Incomplete entries are void.  Limit one (1) entry per person. Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules will be void, eliminated and not eligible for consideration.


A panel of judges selected by Marvel will judge all eligible Costumes based on the following items:  Faithfulness to the applicable Marvel character (50%) and Originality (50%) on or about 6:30PM EST, October 28, 2009, the most compelling Costume(s) as determined by the judges will be Prize winners, as described below.  In the event of a tie for the Prize, the Faithfulness score will be used as the tiebreaker.


All eligible entrants will receive the following prizes, each while supplies last:  one (1) Nick Fury action figure, one (1)  Vengeance of Moon Knight #1 variant comic book, and one (1) free 1 month subscription to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

The three (3) top eligible entrants judged to have submitted the best Costumes will be winners (each, a "Winner") and will win the following prizes (each, a "Prize"):

1st prize

§  Featured in a Marvel comic book editorial page

§  $200 worth of Marvel comics and $50 Forbidden Planet gift card

§  Marvel statue (to be determined in Marvel's sole discretion)

  2nd prize

§  $100 worth of Marvel comics and a $25 Forbidden Planet Gift Card

§  Marvel statue (to be determined in Marvel's sole discretion)

  3rd Prize

§  $50 worth of Marvel comics and a $10 Forbidden Planet Gift Card

§  Marvel statue (to be determined in Marvel's sole discretion)

Each Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except at Marvel's sole and absolute discretion.  Marvel reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion.

The Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes).  All costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including but not limited to lodging, transportation costs, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winners.  All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Marvel.  Limit one (1) prize per person, family or household.

Marvel will be responsible for resolving any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. All decisions by Marvel regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.


In exchange for the opportunity to participate in this Contest, and the possibility of the use of any depiction of each entrant and his or her Costume and/or the entrant's appearing in an audio and/or visual production (any such depiction and/or production, a "Depiction"), the receipt of which opportunities shall be sufficient consideration for this Consent, Assignment and Release, each entrant does hereby:

(1)    Agree that such entrant's Costume is an original creative work;

(2)    Consent to the collection by Marvel (or its designee) of my personal information, including without limitation name, street and email addresses (the "information") in connection with the Contest;

(3)    Assign to Marvel any and all of my right, title and interest in or to the Depiction throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for Marvel to display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use and exploit the Depiction, on television, the Internet, print or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without payment of any compensation to me or my heirs and successors, (i) on its own or as part of any audiovisual or other production, (ii) to advertise any products, programming or services of Marvel Entities or for any other advertising, marketing, publicizing and promotional purposes and in any materials related thereto; and/or (iii) for any other purpose whatsoever.  Marvel shall be the sole and exclusive owner of the Depiction;

(4)    Agree that the foregoing assignment of rights includes without limitation the right (i) to use my name (and any other information that may be incorporated into the Depiction), likeness, image, voice, appearance and performance as embodied in the Depiction in whole or in part, for advertising, promotional and trade purposes in conjunction with this and similar promotions in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without notice and without further consideration or compensation, except where prohibited by law; (ii) to edit, alter, distort, add to, rearrange and otherwise modify the Depiction, and use the Depiction in whole or in part or in combination with other materials; and (iii) to assign and/or licensee others to use the Depiction for all of the purposes hereunder;

(5)    Acknowledge and agree, with respect to the information, that Marvel Entities shall have the right (subject to applicable law) to (i) incorporate certain of the information into the Depiction and use such information as incorporated therein; (ii) analyze and use the information for any and all purposes, including without limitation sending you advertising and promotional materials and for any other advertising, marketing and promotional purposes; and (iii) to share the information with third parties in accordance with these Official Rules;

(6)    Acknowledge that I shall have no right of approval of any use of the Depiction and the information as permitted hereunder;

(7)    Agree that I shall use any copy of the Depiction that I obtain solely for my personal, non-public, non-commercial use; and

(8)    Release in perpetuity the Released Parties from any claims, demands, losses and liabilities of any nature arising out of or in any way connected with the Depiction, the information and the use thereof as permitted hereunder, including, but not limited to, claims of false endorsement or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy.

Nothing herein will obligate the Marvel Entities to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein.  In the event that any individual(s) appears with me in the Depiction but does not submit a separate Consent, Assignment and Release, I hereby represent and warrant (i) that such individuals(s) has authorized me to agree to this Consent, Assignment and Release on his/her behalf (or, with respect to any individual under eighteen (18) years of age, that I am the parent and/or guardian of such individual(s) with legal authority to act on behalf of such individual), and (ii) that I agree to this Consent, Assignment and Release on behalf of such individual(s). 

Entrants will not include or imply in any way any of the following content (the "Content Restrictions") in any Costume: (i) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material; (ii) explicit language or content, images of violence, discrimination, or promotion of illegal activities; (iii) content in violation of intellectual property rights or laws; (iv) libelous, defamatory, disparaging, tortuous or  slanderous materials; (v) content that denigrates, disparages or reflects negatively on the Marvel Entities; (vi) tobacco, alcohol or drugs; (vii) real weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, guns, knives or projectiles; (viii) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation; (ix) individuals under age of majority without enclosing signed release from parent or guardian; (xiii) audio and/or visual content owned by any third party (e.g., recorded music; pre-produced video, etc.); and (xiv) material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Depiction is created.  Any Depiction that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Marvel, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.


Each potential winner must be present at the time of awards presentation and may (in Marvel's discretion) be confirmed by postal mail, return receipt (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that the potential winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within three (3) days of date of issuance, a disqualification will result and an alternate potential winner shall be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries.  The potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Marvel  and will be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within five (5) days of date of receipt. A disqualification will result and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all remaining eligible Depictions if all required documents are not properly executed and returned within the specified period of time.  Refusal or return of such documents as non-deliverable or potential winner's noncompliance with these Official Rules will also result in disqualification and cause an alternate winner to be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries.


By participating in the Contest, each entrant in the Contest accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, the Marvel.com Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.  

All applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. This Contest and these Official Rules will be governed by the laws of the State of New Yorkwithout regard to its conflict of law provisions. The parties shall submit any dispute concerning the interpretation of or the enforcement of rights and duties under this Agreement to final and binding arbitration which will take place in New York, NY pursuant to the rules of JAMS, provided that the parties shall cause any arbitrator(s) to treat as confidential and non-public all proceedings, all agreements between the parties hereto and their affiliates, and all confidential information exchanged between the parties hereto (and their affiliates).  The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator appointed in accordance with the streamlined rules.  The award of the arbitrator shall be enforceable according to the applicable laws of the state of New York.  Marvel's failure to enforce any right or provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

The Marvel Entities and each of their respective parent companies, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, assignees, affiliates, licensees, agents, independent contractors and advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective general and limited partners, members, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, employees, representatives and contractors (collectively, the "Released Parties") shall not be responsible for lost, late, stolen, garbled, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a Participant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions.

Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, computer, network, typographical, printing, human or other errors relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the offer or administration of this Contest, the processing of entries, selections or registrations, the tabulation of scores, the cancellation of games or any errors appearing in any Contest related-materials including, but not limited, to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of Prize winners or the distribution of the Prizes. Marvel reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

Released Parties make no warranties, express or implied, relative to the use or enjoyment of any Prize or portions thereof, including without limitations, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each Participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused by participation in the Contest, Participant's submission, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of any Prize, or any portion of any Prize, including any travel or activity related thereto.

The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Marvel and Marvel.com. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, cancellation of the Event, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Marvel reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, to determine the winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect entries achieved up to the point of termination.

Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in this Contest.


 All entries must include a valid e-mail address for the Participant.  In case of multiple entries, only the first entry received from such person will be considered.  In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a Winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules.  The "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable Internet service provider or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Marvel reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify Participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any Participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

For winner information (available after November 30, 2009) or an additional copy of the Official Rules, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Astonishing X-Men Marvel Motion Comics Costume Contest, 417 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY  10016, Attn: Digital Media Marketing.  Specify "Rules" or "Winners List."

Sponsor: Marvel Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY  10016

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