Friday, April 06, 2007
Do Y'all Know About the 2007 Comic Book Challenge
In a related (sort of) development ... the 2007 Comic Book Challenge was announced a couple weeks ago at Wizard World Expo in LA. I mentioned it to Rick Schmitz and he thought I should share it with TAG.
Go to Platinum Studios Web site and look for the Comic Book Challenge hot button at the bottom of the page (looks like the graphic above).
One you press it you go to a page where you can enter your email and you'll be sent automatic updates about rules and regs, deadlines, etc. I myself will be entering a couple of ideas and if this year's contest is run like 2006's, you won't have to even do a six page preview to enter. In a nutshell, you enter the contest with a basic written pitch and some concept and/or sequential art. Platinum execs select the top 50 ideas and those creators are able to pitch their comic live to a panel of judges outside the Convention Center during the SD Comic Con. The judges select the top three ideas and those pitches are posted onto Drunk Duck dot com and online votes are tallied to select the top comic. At that point, the creator is paid to finish the comic or graphic novel and it is published.
Last year's winner, DJ Coffman, said this in a recent email: "As to what I actually pitched in with the email, it's exactly the text and one page sample of art on this page ..."
To see what Coffman is talking about, go here.
Coffman then said, "I was shocked when I got the email that I was Top 50 and had 7 days to get to San Diego. Then I took about two days and perfected my 2 minute in person pitch and also came up with this 11 x 17 pitch sheet, which was pretty much my test pitch in the main captions...
The pitch artwork is here.
There used to be a movie by Broken Frontier, the Webzine that covers comics, showing people, including the eventual winner (DJ Coffman) pitching to the panel and some of the panel's reactions as the pitching was happening, but I can't locate the link anymore ... sniffle ...
Th-th-that's all folks.
Can't wait to read the posts on this one... Can't fault me for giving too little information ... ;-)