Thursday, May 01, 2008

Calling All Comic Book Artists

Between now and the end of May, Platinum Studios -- “an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media”-- invites would-be comic book artists to submit entries for the 2008 Comic Book Challenge.
Once submissions close, an internal team will select the Top 50 who will move on to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity, comic book, and entertainment industry judges on July 24th, during the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA. Fans across the globe will then have their chance to settle the debate by voting online for their favorite entry. The Challenge winner will receive a coveted publishing deal along with the chance to see their concept developed across multiple platforms including film, television, and digital.
2008 marks the third Comic Book Challenge:
Past Comic Book Challenge successes include DJ Coffman’s 2006 winner, “Hero By Night,” which sold out through Diamond Comics Distributors during its first print and is now an ongoing series in its second volume, and 2006 finalist, Megan Rose Gedris, who’s “I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space” will appear at comics retailers May 2008. Top 50 finalist Axel Medellin has been hired as an artist for Platinum Studios, while Jorge Vega’s 2007 winning entry, “Gunplay,” dropped in the retail stores as a full graphic novel this past April.

The Comic Book Challenge Web site is here. You can visit Platinum Studios here.


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