shout out to granny squares
mildmodern-girl asked: I just got the library where I work to purchase your book! Also, apparently the Library of Congress has cataloged it under the subject of Theater Literature?
Haaa!!! I cannot express how happy I am to hear that my book is in LIBRARIES. Orderable online? Great. Bookstores? Wonderful. But libraries?? The operating rooms where we transform ourselves from slugs to dreamers & doers?? O Majestic Library, please let me stay (unless someone wants to borrow me). Insane. Thank you!!!
Wow! We are truly humbled by both the quantity and quality of the submissions to the Comics Workbook Composition Competition 2013.
Choosing the winners in this contest was much more difficult than we imagined it would be.
Congratulations to all who created and submitted work for this contest. We really enjoyed reading each and every work.
FIRST PLACE - $500 cash prizeOur decision to award “Hacienda” First Place recognizes Dave Ortega’s creation of an ambitious, multi-layered narrative that cuts through history, class, status and power in a deftly constructed story which takes the reader back and forth in time to reveal the conceit and illusion undergirding dominant paradigms in a way that only comics can. This complex concoction of culture and character made for a winning combination.
SECOND PLACE - $250 gift certificate at Copacetic Comics
In Second Place, Zoe Choughlin’s “Shield” puts an inventive twist on the mutant superhero theme, and in so doing gives new meaning to the phrase, “prickly personality.” Here is an adolescent power fantasy right where it’s needed most: the hallways of high school. Bullying takes many forms, some invisible to all but the victim. By recognizing this in a convincing and dramatic fashion, Ms. Coughlin has effectively demonstrated the power of comics to contribute to the eventual remedying of this unfortunate human trait.
THIRD PLACE - $100 gift certificate at Copacetic Comics
The Comics Workbook Competition’s Third Place, “Old Port”, clearly embodies excellence in both conception and execution. In telling the story of youth’s first forays into independence and how the discovery of a nurturing space and mentorship can lead to creativity’s first flowering, the story provides an apt recapitulation of the very ideals powering this competition; its excellence in execution is plain for all to see.
HONORABLE MENTIONS - $50 gift (each) at Big Planet Comics
SPECIAL MENTION - $25 gift certificate at PictureBox
——————————————————The evidence is piling up: comics is THE ascendant art form. The sheer amount of energy and talent that poured into this competition during its relatively brief window provides ample testimony to this. It is our belief that artistic creation is a two way street. An artist, or any other creator, grows in the process of creating; the greater the efforts, the greater the growth. By this measure, comics creators in general – and those who submitted work to this competition in particular – are growing by leaps and bounds, and so, by definition, is the comics form; as in the final analysis, the value of a form is coincident with the work that it contains. It is our hope that all of the makers who participated in this contest have been TRANSFORMED in some way – artistically, personally, spiritually, and/or physically (improved eye-hand coordination? yes!) – by the time and energy dedicated to the creation of their submissions.Everyone who took part in this exercise has completed a hero’s journey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJwPIiUPfK4———————————————————-———————————————————-
Frank here. The restrictions placed upon the contest entries were derived from The Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers. It is my firmly held belief that restrictions such as the grid are ultimately freeing. I also believe that timing is the essential ingredient to making great comics. How do you study and practice timing in comics? You use the grid.
The judging panel consisted of three men and three women from diverse backgrounds. Some were comics makers, some were comics readers and one was a “non-comics reader” - meaning this particular judge was not a comics initiate.
I will be writing more of my thoughts about this contest this week at The Comics Journal. I will also archiving all of the entries on a new tumblr in the near future. Stay tuned.
P.S. Please reblog. Thank you.
(extra special thanks to Bill Boichel and RM Rhodes)
And of course THANK YOU to everyone who participated. Please check out all of the entries below.
COMPLETE LIST OF ENTRIES to the COMPETITION
anonymous asked: I listen to E40 every night so I can sleep goood :-)
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