Calling all parents, educators, and comic book fans! Pop Culture Classroom is launching its third annual comic book contest for kids, and we’re asking for your help to spread the word to young comic book creators everywhere. Whether you know a budding graphic novelist, an up-and-coming cartoonist, a comic book aficionado, or all of the above, we’re encouraging young artists from Colorado and beyond to enter our 2017 Kids’ Comics Contest!
Along with a pair of 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con 2017, contest winners will have their artwork prominently featured in the official Denver Comic Con 2017 souvenir program and admired by thousands of con attendees. Additional prizes include exhibition of artist’s work on the Pop Culture Classroom website and a special meet-and-greet session with a professional comic artist during Denver Comic Con 2017.
About the Contest
Running from December 9, 2016 to April 15, 2017, 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. Two winners (Grand Prize and Runner Up) will be chosen from each of four different age categories and announced on April 29, 2017. The age categories are:
- K-2nd grade
- 3rd – 5th grade
- 6th – 8th grade
- 9th – 12th grade
Submissions will be judged on the following categories:
- Storytelling. Story arc, character development, setting, and dialogue/captions.
- Art. Use of comic conventions, character representation, setting, and layout.
- Adherence to theme. This year, we’re introducing a theme to the contest. Your art and/or storytelling must display one or all of the following ideas: Strength, Justice, Courage or Unity.
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. If the winner’s artwork is more than one page, we will print the first page of the comic in the DCC souvenir program, with the rest located on our PCC website.
Do you have a theme?
Yes! This year, for the first time, we’re introducing a theme to the Kids’ Comics Contest. Either in your art or storytelling, we’d like you to display one (or all) of the following ideas: Strength, Justice, Courage or Unity.
What are your rules in regards to mild violence/gore?
Since we’re a family-friendly con, we ask that you keep it PG-13.
The Grand Prize winner in each category will have their artwork featured in the official Denver Comic Con 2017 souvenir program, inclusion in a special digital exhibition on the Pop Culture Classroom website, two passes to Denver Comic Con 2017, and a meet-and-greet session with a professional comic artist.
Runner Up Prize
The Runner Up prize winner in each category will be included in a special digital exhibition on the Pop Culture Classroom website and will receive two passes to Denver Comic Con 2017.
How do we submit the project?
Email artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org (highly preferred). If possible, please scan artwork in color, at 300 dpi, and send as a PDF or JPG or send via “snail mail” to PCC’s offices at
1391 N Speer Blvd, Suite 360
Denver, Colorado 80204
Deadline for contest entry is April 15th @ 5 p.m. (MST).
For any other questions and concerns regarding the contest, please email us. We look forward to reading and enjoying your submissions!