Over the past couple of years, Platinum has really grown. The went from a house of ideas and projects in the works, but no publications to publishing several books including the CBC winners. While they generally look for properties that translate well into other media, it's still a cool way to get your stuff out there if you're willing to let go of any multimedia rights.
This year they've stepped up the rules a bit. In previous years all that was required was a synopsis and a single page of sequential art. This year they are calling for three pages instead (although they still haven't updated the official site to reflect this).
Out of all the entries 50 will be chosen by the judges to present their pitches live at the San Diego Comic Con in July, and from those 10 will be chosen. Fans will watch the pitches of the top 10 and vote online for their favorite.
The contest submission process begins May 1st and ends May 31st.
I haven't entered in previous years because it wasn't feasible for me to make it to San Diego, nor is it at this point this year. However, I think I might just enter and see what happens. It's a pretty cool opportunity, and it might be worth a shot. I'll keep you all posted on that front.
Here's the press release that was sent out:
PLATINUM STUDIOS PRESENTS THE COMIC BOOK CHALLENGE 2008
Artist Hopefuls Can Begin Submitting Their Work May 1st
LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2008 - Platinum Studios, Inc. (OTCBB: PDOS), an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 3,800 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, announced today the launch of The Comic Book Challenge™ 2008 at www.ComicBookChallenge.com. The launch of the site will coincide with the release of Jorge Vega's 2007 winning title, Gunplay, at the Wizard World LA convention on March 15, 2008. Submissions for this year's contest officially will open at 12:01am on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 and close at 11:59pm on Saturday, May 31, 2008.
Changes to The Comic Book Challenge™ submission process are detailed on the contest website, but include the submission of three pages of artwork, instead of only the single page required in previous years. Aspiring comic book creators will have one month to submit their entries at www.ComicBookChallenge.com. An internal Platinum Studios committee will select the Top 50 entrants, who then will move on to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity and entertainment industry judges on July 24th during the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA. The finalists chosen by the judging panel will then have their work voted on by fans across the globe, with the winner receiving a multitude of prizes including the coveted publishing deal.
"We're upping the ante a little bit this year with our three-page requirement because comics are about effective storytelling in a visual medium and not about key art or character designs," said VP of Content Development, Dan Forcey. "We really want to see what your vision for the piece is and that you can really shine in the medium of sequential art."
"We have seen The Comic Book Challenge grow significantly in just a few short years, said Platinum Studios Chairman & CEO, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. "With last year’s entrants representing nearly two dozen countries -- triple the number of countries from our inaugural contest -- we look forward to continuing to build on the success of The Comic Book Challenge." The Comic Book Challenge 2008 winner will receive a publishing deal with Platinum Studios, which will include print, online, and mobile distribution. In addition, the company will help develop the property for film and television. The Comic Book Challenge past winners include DJ Coffman's "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 Jorge Vega's 2007 winning entry, "Gunplay," which will debut at Wizard World LA this March.
For more information on the 2007 Winner of Platinum Studios' Comic Book Challenge, please visit: www.GunplayTheComic.com
For Platinum Studios' Wizard World signing schedule, please visit: http://www.wizardworld.com/platinumboothschedule.html
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