Kids' Comic Contest

Now in its 4th year, winners of our Kids' Comic Contest get a pair of 3-Day badges to Denver Comic Con, have a special meet-and-greet session with a professional comic artist at DCC, and get their artwork prominently featured at the con and on our website!
Are you a comic book aficionado or graphic novel guru? Do you spend your free time sketching caped crusaders, alien landscapes, giant robots, otherworldly creatures, and other kinds of super-powered art? Then you’re exactly who we want to submit to the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Comics Contest, which offers young artists the chance to show off their talents during Denver Comic Con and beyond!

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize winner in each category will receive two 3-Day Badges to Denver Comic Con, participate in a meet-and-greet with a professional comic artist, and have their artwork featured at Denver Comic Con and on our website.

Runner-up Prize

The Runner-Up prize winner in each category will have their art featured on our website and will receive two 3-Day Badges to Denver Comic Con.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT

Applications will be accepted until April 1st, 2018. Two winners (Grand Prize and Runner Up) will be chosen from each of four different age categories and announced by April 15, 2018.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Kids' Comic Contest?

The Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Comics Contest is open to all Kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Artwork must be in the form of an original comic or graphic text. Students may submit previously created artwork as long as it has not been published elsewhere and is age-appropriate.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until April 1, 2018. Two winners (Grand Prize and Runner Up) will be chosen from each of four different age categories and announced by April 15, 2018. The age categories are:

  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd – 5th grade
  • 6th – 8th grade
  • 9th – 12th grade
What is the judging criteria?

Entries will be judged on art (use of comic conventions, character representation, setting, and layout) and storytelling (story arc, character development, setting, and dialogue/captions) quality.

What do winners receive?

Along with a pair of 3-Day Badges to Denver Comic Con, grand prize contest winners will have their artwork prominently featured in the official DCC souvenir program and admired by thousands of DCC attendees. Additional prizes include exhibition of the artist’s work on our website and a special meet-and-greet session with a professional kids comics artist.

What is the desired length of the comic?

We do not have any specific requirements on length, though we are specifically looking for comics and graphic texts that tell a unique, engaging story through a mixture of text and art. You are welcome to submit a comic of any length that you feel accomplishes this.

What are your rules in regards to mild violence and/or gore?

Since we’re a family-friendly con, we ask that you keep it PG-13.

How do we submit the project?

Use the form above to enter your information and upload your comic and/or artwork. If possible, please scan artwork in color, at 300 dpi.

For any other questions and concerns regarding the contest, please email us at education@popcultureclassroom.org. We look forward to reading and enjoying your submissions!
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