Contest Coming – Who Do You Want To See Win?



You could be this cool. Hard to believe, I know.
You could be this cool. Hard to believe, I know.

We get inquiries all of the time about featuring yet unknown comics and while we would love to entertain all of that talent, it would be a disservice to choose one over another. So we thought of something to solve this little problem and put together a contest for aspiring web comic artists and writers.

Get Ready, Get Set…Draw!

Anyone with an original comic is free to enter the contest. We love comics of all shapes and sizes and so do our readers. This is a great opportunity for us and our readers to get turned on to some fresh raw talent. Everyone had to start somewhere, and a contest like this is as good as place to start as any.

We have a deep respect for all types of comics, from silly stick figures to detailed illustrations so draw to your hearts desire ‘cause we’re happy to showcase it all. With absolutely nothing off limits there are millions of possibilities for even the freshest of comics to consider.

We do have to insist that any work submitted is 100% original and non-commercial. That’s legal mumbo jumbo for don’t steal anyone else’s stuff, not even an idea, and don’t try and sell our readers something through your comic, subliminal or otherwise

Who’s Going to Vote?

We decided that to judge the amazing content that is sent to us daily, we needed a panel of judges that was full of talented and creative web comic creators, illustrators, writers and just plain fans. We searched high and low and far and wide for such a unique panel until we realized that we already had it right here. Our own readers will be the judge and jury for the contest and will have the chance to vote on the comics they believe show the most talent.

Besides artwork, the web comic judges are going to look at characters, story lines, witty one-liners, and funny punch lines. Creativity will also be considered along with whether the judges think that the web comic has what it takes to be around for a while.

We’ll separate the entries into different categories to make it fair and offer kudos to the top winners from across the board.

Speaking of the Prizes

You will definitely get acknowledgment from our entire community. Even if you don’t win, your comic is going to be seen by all of our readers. We have some other more tangible prizes in mind that need to be ironed out, but for now all we will say is that if you win, you’ll get a very, very, very big pat on the back and the respect and admiration of web comic fans from all over the world.

So What are You Waiting For?

You have been asking us for months to put your work out there for you so now here’s your chance. Give it your best shot and put your most creative ideas and images together for us to see. There’s nothing for you to lose, but you can win some fame and notoriety.

 

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How Online Comics Have Changed the Comic Industry

BOOM! BLAM! BRANG! Comics sure have changed with the introduction of the internet...
BOOM! BLAM! BRANG! Comics sure have changed with the introduction of the internet…

Creating comics is a multi level art form that does not get the recognition nor the appreciation that it deserves. For decades the industry has been controlled by giants whose focus is skewed towards the mainstream and getting recognized and published through one is nearly impossible. The larger comic publishers won’t even open a submission from an unknown artist, let alone consider sharing it with the world.

That leaves hundreds of talented artists and story tellers with no recognized venue to market their work. Or at least it did until the 1990’s and the birth of our information super highway. The internet has been a godsend for thousands of brilliant comic creators who otherwise would have never been heard of.

With the emergence of online comics came a freedom for artists to showcase their work however they wanted. This has sparked hundreds of brilliantly creative formats for a genre that used to be pretty cut and dry. Read your online comics today and you’ll find that they are bolder and edgier then what gramps was used to. With no worries about censorship, comic creators can now go all out with their work, much to the readers delight.

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There is an amazingly wide range of artwork showcased through online comics. Some are simplistic, using not much more than stick figures and engaging dialogue, while others are incredibly detailed. Still other comics use real photos in their work. The internet has broadened the horizons for any one with a good idea, and the end result is obvious with hundreds of examples of impressive work that would have never been revealed otherwise.

Every genre of comic is represented on the web as well. You get your fix of super heroes, both light, dark and everything in between. You have what the older folks would refer to as the funnies, although I bet they are scratching their heads at the popular tech jokes that are prevalent here. Fantasy also reigns, often with imagery that is so intricate and beautifully crafted that you wonder why it’s not hanging on a museum wall.

What makes the web comic stand out is that the entire focus is on the story, and the images that are telling it. These are not just add-ons to a daily they are the only reason why you are there. From the moment the world wide web began to gain a world wide appeal the growth of web based comics began. There is freedom of expression allowed that no longer lays hidden in a bed side drawer. The web introduced an interested audience for anyone who had a creative idea they wanted to share.

Since most people are opting for their laptop over a newspaper with their morning coffee these days it can only be expected that the web comic industry is going to continue to grow and thrive. The internet has become a fantastic forum for talented artists and story tellers to share with the world their often overlooked brilliance.