Writers and artists, your chance is here. Submissions are open for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Guide, that annual paperback full of articles and fan art that you receive alongside your program guide.
Here are the anniversaries being celebrated this year that you'll want to reflect in your work.
- 100th birthday of Forrest J Ackerman
- 75th anniversary of Aquaman
- 75th anniversary of Archie
- 75th anniversary of Captain America
- 75th anniversary of Green Arrow
- 75th anniversary of Plastic Man
- 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman
- 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show
- 50th anniversary of Black Panther
- 50th anniversary of the Silver Surfer
- 50 years of Star Trek
- 25th anniversary of Bone
- 25th anniversary of Deadpool
This may be too much of a good thing. Will you draw Julie Newmar's Catwoman in all her sultry glory or write about your childhood fantasies of Spock returning you to your Vulcan birth family? Will you pen a Marxist analysis of Veronica Lodge as capitalist swine or paint a brooding Aquaman throwing down with the Silver Surfer in Atlantis? Hard choices, hard choices. Unfortunately we only have 1 Souvenir Guide, not 10, to do justice to all these themes.
If this is your first Souvenir Guide rodeo, there are rules to follow regarding formatting; be aware that no gore or smut will be tolerated, as this book goes to an all-ages audience, and you can only submit 1 piece of work per anniversary. You can study up on the whole submission process here. But the most important thing you should know is the deadline is 15 April, which isn't that far away. Get cracking on your submission now - and your taxes, always an exercise in brutality for creatives, so you won't have to worry about both deadlines come spring.
CCI has thoughtfully provided all of the past Souvenir Guide cover art to jumpstart your Muse. I can't wait to see what gorgeous work you nerdy geniuses produce.