Comic-Con International announced today via press release that they're now accepting submissions for the 28th annual Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, an honor whose presentation is folded into that weekend's Eisner Awards but actually precedes it by several years. It is presented by CCI and the West Coast Comics Club and goes to "a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics." Past winners include Steve Rude, Scott McCloud and Jeff Smith. More information including the details of the submission process here. The award is named for the prolific Tarzan and Magnus, Robot Fighter artist Russ Manning, who passed away in 1981.