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December 22, 2013


Missed It: Society Of Illustrators Putting Together A Comic And Cartoon Art Annual Via Competition

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I don't know how these kinds of things work in general, and I sure as heck don't know how well one will work for comics and cartoons, but the Society Of Illustrators has announced they're doing a juried competition for both static and moving cartoon-related art. Plans for what to do with contest entries/winners include a catalog, a summer-showing at the Society, an awards gala where medals and certificates will be given out, and then a tour of 40 works in an educational traveling show.

Here's all the information, including fees for submission:
ABOUT THE COMIC AND CARTOON ART ANNUAL

As we strive to expand our mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art, we are proud to announce the first Annual Comic and Cartoon Art Competition.

This juried competition will result in an exhibition that will showcase the most outstanding works created in this genre throughout each year.

The original works will be exhibited in the MoCCA Gallery at the Society of Illustrators from May 28 through August 16th, 2014.

Opening Award Galas will be scheduled where Medals and Certificates will be presented to the artists whose works are judged best in each category.

All accepted entries will be reproduced in a full color catalog. This catalog will present not only the year's finest works, it will also include commentary by the artists, who explain their creative processes in their own words.

A selection of 40 works from each Exhibition will then tour colleges throughout the country in an educational traveling show, a tradition that we have had at the Society for over 30 years.

CATEGORIES

Long Form: A work that is longer than 40 pages. Includes graphic novels, comic books, etc.

Short Form: A work that is shorter than 40 pages. Includes stand-alone work, zines, comic books and work that has been published in anthologies.

Special Format: Work that is design-driven and created with special attention to production values, including limited edition, small press, hand-made and artist's books.

Digital Media: Work that is native to a digital format. Includes web comics, online comic strips, and other digitally driven works. Up to 20 images accepted per entry.

Comic Strip: A short-form work published in newspapers, magazines, books, online, etc. featuring four or more panels.

Single Image: Work featuring a self-contained narrative image with or without caption. Includes gag cartoons, political cartoons, single-panel cartoons, etc.

Moving Image: Motion graphics and animations (including gifs) intended to be shown on computer screens and tablets and created for apps, ebooks, digital versions of magazines, etc. Must use .mov files to upload through the website. Email links for other formats to

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HOW TO ENTER LONG FORM & SHORT FORM BOOK SUBMISSIONS

Eligibility: Any book that was created from January 2013 -- January 2014. Both published or self-published are accepted. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category.

How to enter: Mail 6 copies of the publication to the Society of Illustrators: 128 East 63 Street, New York, NY, 10065. Attn: Comic and Cartoon Art Competition. Must include the official entry form with each copy. Download the form here.

DEADLINE: Monday, February 3, 2014.

Entry Fees For Book Submissions:
$30 per entry (includes all six copies) for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.
$20 per entry (includes all six copies) for members of the Society of Illustrators.

Include a check with the entry. Checks made out to Society of Illustrators.

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HOW TO ENTER SPECIAL FORMAT SUBMISSIONS

Eligibility: Any work that was created from January 2013 - January 2014. Both published or self-published are accepted. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category.

How to enter: Mail 1 copy of the publication to the Society of Illustrators: 128 East 63 Street, New York, NY 10065. Attn: Comic and Cartoon Art Competition. Must include the official entry form with each copy. Download available here.

DEADLINE: Monday, February 24, 2014.

Entry Fees For Book Submissions:
$30 per entry for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.
$20 per entry for members of the Society of Illustrators.

Include a check with the entry. Checks made out to Society of Illustrators.

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HOW TO ENTER ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FOR DIGITAL MEDIA, COMIC STRIP, SINGLE IMAGE SUBMISSIONS

Eligibility: Any work that was created from January 2013 - January 2014. Both published or self-published are accepted. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category.

How to enter:
Submissions accepted at www.soicompetitions.org. Images must be 1000 pixels on the longest side, RGB, JPG.

DEADLINE: Monday, February 24, 2014.

Entry Fees:
$30 per entry for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.
$20 for members of the Society of Illustrators.

Pay online or mail a check. Checks made out to Society of Illustrators.

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HOW TO ENTER MOVING IMAGE CATEGORY

Eligibility: Any work that was created from January 2013 -- January 2014. Independent projects and international entries accepted. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category.

How to enter:
Submissions accepted at www.societycompetitions.org. Mov files only. For other formats including gifs please email links to

DEADLINE: Monday, February 24, 2014

Entry Fees:
$30 per entry for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.
$20 for members of the Society of Illustrators.

Pay online or mail a check. Checks made out to Society of Illustrators.
I guess there are a few news angles here. One is that this marks the Society Of Illustrators' further commitment to folding comics and cartooning more explicitly into what they do. I have to imagine that scoring a place in such a show -- in addition to just "winning" something, which is still rare enough in art that people seem to super-enjoy it -- could be something that goes on the resume for all sorts of potential auxiliary work. I have very little experience with this kind of thing save for one standard-illustration friend for whom placing in competition was a career boost simply in terms of his work being seen. Coimcs has a more aggressive sorting mentality than that field did at that time, though. It's interesting to think there are things like this now and we should see a mad scramble for this kind of institutional and process recognition over the next three years.
 
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