Comic-Con International 2017 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions
Just Added (2/16/17): 50th Anniversary of Marvel's Captain Marvel! (See below for details)
The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a collectible full-color trade paperback given FREE to all attendees (while supplies last). The book features bios and photos of this year's special guests, plus articles and art created by fans and pros devoted to our anniversary celebrations. It also functions as a kind of "Yearbook" for the show, featuring Eisner Award winners from the past year and current nominees, Hall of Fame inductees, and tributes to those popular arts creators who have passed away in the previous year. (The 2016 Souvenir Book, shown at left, featured an exclusive cover by Babs Tarr, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman.)
As in previous years, Comic-Con is soliciting articles and artwork from professionals and fans alike, based on the anniversaries we’re celebrating this year (see below for a current listing). This is your chance to submit something for consideration in the book!
The deadline for contributions is April 14, 2017. All art should be in color (although atmospheric black and white art is encouraged, too). For complete information on how to contribute, including file formats and technical information, please see the section below marked “How to Submit.”
You can send your submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all submissions to that address, or follow the instructions below to mail your art or article to our offices. We prefer emailed submissions.
Please note: We are looking for historical nonfiction articles and art pertaining to this year’s anniversary celebrations only. We focus our annual celebrations to major anniversaries: 100, 75, 50, 25 and occasionally, 10. Some anniversaries will be included in the book with historical articles only.
Important Note: All submissions MUST include a filled-out Submissions Form to be considered.
See below for more details.
2017 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
100th Birthday Celebration of Jack Kirby
He’s the King of comics! Jack Kirby shaped the future of comics—and movies!—with his stunning co-creations with Joe Simon and Stan Lee. Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Hulk, X-Men, and more, plus his solo creations at DC, the New Gods, Mister Miracle, Demon, Kamandi, and OMAC. Jack is THE superhero artist supreme. We’ll be featuring King Kirby’s centennial in our Souvenir Book, featuring art and articles on this beloved comics creator.
Close Encounters of the Kirby Kind!
Did you meet Jack Kirby over the years? If so, we’d love to hear about it, and if you have a photo of Jack, we’d love to see it, too! If you’d like us to consider your “Kirby Encounter” for the book, please send us a brief write-up (250 words or less) and include a photo (if you have one). If we use it in the Souvenir Book, we’ll send you a copy of it! Please download and fill out the official entry form PDF (info below on this page) to include with your submission; check Kirby Encounter and/or Kirby Encounter Photo!
100th Birthday Celebration of Will Eisner
1917 was a banner year for legendary comics creators! Not only was Jack Kirby born that year, so was Will Eisner, the visionary creator of The Spirit. Eisner was that rare hybrid, an artist who also had a canny sense of business, and he was wise enough to own and control the fate of his creation, which ran as a special comic book section in Sunday newspapers around the country for over 12 years. He also went on to write and draw a series of award-winning graphic novels later in his career, starting with A Contract with God. The life and career of Will Eisner will be a special centennial celebration in our Souvenir Book, with art and articles about this amazing creator.
Close Encounters of the Eisner Kind!
Like Jack Kirby, above, we’d also love to hear about your own personal memories and interactions with Will Eisner. If you have a story and/or photo of Will, please send us a brief write-up (250 words or less) and include the photo (if you have one). If we use it in the Souvenir Book, we’ll send you a copy of it! Please download and fill out the official entry form PDF (info below on this page) to include with your submission; check Eisner Encounter and/or Eisner Encounter Photo!
Special Focus on Comics Creators
This year’s Souvenir Book will also spotlight a number of other creators who made their mark in comics with special articles on their lives and careers, as they celebrate milestone anniversaries.
50th Anniversary of Batgirl
In 1967, Batgirl re-entered the comics scene with a big splash. While the character originally appeared in Batman comics in the early 1960s, it was the re-imagining of her as Barbara Gordon (Commissioner Gordon’s daughter)—coupled with the late Yvonne Craig playing her on the popular Batman TV show in 1967—that catapulted (or should we say Bat-apulted?) her to fame. Since then, Batgirl has maintained a constant presence in comics with her own series and team-ups with groups such as Birds of Prey, and has gotten a new lease on life with creators such as Gail Simone, Babs Tarr, and Hope Larson.
50th Anniversary of Marvel’s Captain Marvel
In the mid-1960s Marvel introduced it’s own version of Captain Marvel, securing the trademark on the character’s name. Late 1967 saw the introduction of Captain Mar-vell of the Kree Military Militia, created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, and first published in Marvel Super-Heroes #12. Over the years, Captain Marvel has had many reboots and upgrades, including Monica Rambeau, a New Orleans police lieutenant, a son and daughter of the original Mar-vell, a fifth and sixth version that were part of the Secret Wars and Dark Avengers series, and of course, the present Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, as originally realized by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez. It’s this version of the good Captain that will make her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as announced at Marvel Studios’ panel at Comic-Con last year, when Brie Larson was officially revealed as Carol Danvers. For this 50th anniversary, we’re celebrating all the different versions of Marvel’s Captain Marvel … so pick your favorite (or all of them!) and send us your art and articles!
25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series
Hot on the heels of the success of the two Tim Burton-directed Batman movies in 1989 and 1992, WB Animation launched an animated series of Batman adventures, known as Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Batman and Robin, appearing 5 days a week on Fox Kids and lasting for 85 episodes. It’s regarded as one of the best adaptations of the Batman character (and universe) outside of comics and went on to win a slew of Emmy and Annie Awards, and spawned a plethora of other animated TV series and direct-to-video movies that continue to this day.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE ART AND ARTICLES
You must include a filled-out submissions form with your art or article. Click here to download the submissions form PDF.
We’re looking for quality articles and art submissions for the 2017 Souvenir Book. All submissions MUST pertain to this year’s anniversary celebrations. We are not able to accept art and articles about anything else.
Please note that due to space limitations, not all submissions can be featured in the book. Submitting an article or a piece of art is not a guarantee that it will be used.
If your article or art is accepted, we’ll send you a FREE copy of the 2017 Souvenir Book (whether you attend Comic-Con or not).
The deadline for submissions is APRIL 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM.
Due to the high volume of submissions each year and to be fair to those who submitted early, nothing will be accepted after 11:59 PM on that date.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING ARTICLES & ART
Please read these guidelines CAREFULLY before submitting art and articles. PLEASE NOTE: YOUR SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE THE ENTRY FORM ON PAGE 1 OF THE DOWNLOADABLE PDF. Please download and fill it out and email it WITH your art or article submission. (It’s a modifiable PDF; you can type right on it.) IMPORTANT: To properly fill out the PDF, open it in Adobe Acrobat, fill it out there, and save it from there.
ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: APRIL 14, 2017
Articles must relate to the above-mentioned anniversaries and should be in the 1,000–1,500 word range. All articles should be of a historical, nonfiction nature. We cannot accept fictional stories about the characters being celebrated or other topics. Please email your submissions to email@example.com in Word format (.doc or .docx formats). Include a short (50 words or less) bio at the end of the article. Do not include any email, social media (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr), or website addresses in the bio.
ART SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: APRIL 14, 2017
1. Artwork must relate to this year’s anniversaries. Artwork should be no larger than 7” wide x 9” tall. For best presentation purposes, we prefer color art that is vertical in format; however, horizontal art (9” wide x 7” tall) will also be considered.
2. Please send art submissions as electronic files. For all art submissions, we prefer an electronic file to ensure that your art maintains the color look you intended.
3. We can no longer accept multiple submissions for the same anniversary. Please send only ONE piece of art or ONE article for the anniversaries of your choice. For example, if you choose Jack Kirby’s 100th and Batgirl’s 50th, send one piece of art and/or one article for each anniversary.
4. PDF is the preferred file format. If you’re sending an electronic image, it should be a 300 dpi color (CMYK) PDF, TIF, or JPG. If it’s a TIF file, please make sure all layers are flattened. If it’s a PDF file, embed all fonts and flatten all layers. WE PREFER PDF FILES, PLEASE. (PDF file format: PDF/X-1a:2001)
5. We prefer emailed files. Please email your art or articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. When signing your name on your art, do not include your email address, website URLs, or social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr) information, or any info that will allow readers to contact you directly. Any piece of art with this information on it will be immediately disqualified from consideration.
7. Please do NOT include a copyright notice on your art. Comic-Con will print the proper copyright notice below or near each piece of art used. While the artwork itself is copyrighted by the artist, we will include a copyright notice for the characters the artwork portrays.
8. Please do not combine characters from different companies. For example, we cannot use art that includes the New Gods with Captain America or other companies’ characters in the same image (however, characters from the same company, such as Captain America and Thor together, are fine).
9. Please do not include your own characters or congratulatory messages that advertise your company. The art should be a tribute to the anniversaries being celebrated, not an advertisement for your own properties or company.
10. No nudity, gore, adult situations, or profanity will be accepted. The Souvenir Book is given free to all attendees (while supplies last) and is intended for an all-ages audience.
11. Mailing artwork. If you’re not sending an electronic file, please send only high-quality printouts. Do not send your original art. Please print your name, street address, city, state, zip or postal code, and country (if not U.S.), as you would like it to appear in the Souvenir Book, on the back of your submission and mail it to the address listed below (only your name, city, state, and country will be included in the book). ALL MAIL SUBMISSIONS MUST ALSO INCLUDE THE FILLED-OUT SUBMISSIONS FORM. If you submitted your art via email, PLEASE DO NOT SEND A BACK-UP VIA MAIL. Please note that we prefer emailed submissions.
By Mail (WITH A FILLED-OUT SUBMISSION FORM):
- Comic-Con2017 Souvenir Book Submissions
- P.O. Box 128458
- San Diego, CA 92112-8458
All mailed submissions must be postmarked by April 14, 2017.