For the first time in our show’s history, Derby City Comic Con is opening its doors to artists inviting them to submit designs for our 2014 show poster, t-shirt and program cover. In addition to taking your submissions, the public will be directly involved in helping us select our art as we celebrate and give exposure to the work of regional creators and those who want to be part of Derby City Comic Con.
Submissions taken 10/1/13 to 12/31/13
T-Shirt Design: Here we are inviting you to be creative. We’re very open to artistic expression but only ask that you keep your design one color and keep in mind that this is a family friendly event. Otherwise, go wild!
Cover Design: We are seeking a wrap around cover for our show program. Our only requirement here is that it maintains a “superhero” feel and incorporate elements of the city of Louisville if possible. The program cover will be printed at standard comic book size and dimensions (10” x 15”).
Show Poster: We are seeking the 2014 interpretation of the “Derby Girl” concept, which has been featured in past years. Samples of past designs can be seen here and here. This artwork should tie a female figure into something Louisville related but extra consideration will be awarded for those designs that can incorporate a comic book feel of this concept. The show poster size will be printed at 11” x 17”.
Note:Submissions shall be treated by Derby City Comic Con LLC as being free of restrictions and limitations on their use, reproduction, and publication but credit to the original artist will be included with use (because we like to celebrate artist creativity) whenever possible. Also, the original artist is free to utilize the artwork in any way that individual sees fit (it is your art after all).
All entries are due by December 31st, 2013 via email (sent to firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than midnight EST. Happy New Year!
Eligibility and Credit
We encourage artists of all levels to create designs for our program cover, show poster and t-shirt design.
Preference may be given to regional artists (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) attending the show but everyone interested is encouraged to submit entries.
One individual may submit entries for all three designs.
Team entries are accepted, but team size is limited to 8 individuals. Credit in this situation will be given to the team name (or studio) whenever it is not possible to include individual names.
Winning designs will be publicized on our website, through social media and during the 2014 show (June 28th-29th, 2014).
Your art must be your own work and free of copywritten or trademark material or characters.
What kind of art is eligible?
All art should be initially be submitted electronically as 300 dpi jpeg images. The file size (in KB or MB) will vary depending on the size of the original artwork and the media in which it was created Later, if the art is selected, then the image file should be submitted to Derby City Comic Con at higher resolution so the art can be printed at the size it was created.
The Selection Process
The initial field of entries will be narrowed through an in-house judging panel in January of 2014. It is anticipated that during that same month, finalists will have their work shown on social media and via our website where the public will be invited to vote for the final winning designs.
The winning poster design will be used for promotional materials leading up to our 2014 show.
The winning cover design will be used for the 2014 show program distributed during and after the event.
The winning t-shirt design will be featured in the 2014 show t-shirt worn by our staff and available for purchase by the public.
You will be fully credited and your work will be exhibited at the 2014 show and in updates leading up to that event. A focus here is celebrating you and getting you exposure as our event approaches.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing what you create!