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We are pleased to announce a great Featured Guest for our 2014 convention!
Mike Norton is the creator of the weekly webcomic, Battlepug, which won the Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Digital Comic. He is also the artist of Revival, the critically acclaimed Image Comics series with studio mate Tim Seeley and the Dark Horse series, The Answer! with Dennis Hopeless. He is also very, very tall
His past history as a creator includes acclaimed work on Runaways and Gravity for Marvel Comics. Just to name a few added stops on his celebrated career, we should mention work on All New Atom, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Countdown to Final Crisis and Trinity for DC Comics.

We are pleased to announce a great Featured Guest for our 2014 convention!

Mike Norton is the creator of the weekly webcomic, Battlepug, which won the Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Digital Comic. He is also the artist of Revival, the critically acclaimed Image Comics series with studio mate Tim Seeley and the Dark Horse series, The Answer! with Dennis Hopeless. He is also very, very tall

His past history as a creator includes acclaimed work on Runaways and Gravity for Marvel Comics. Just to name a few added stops on his celebrated career, we should mention work on All New AtomGreen Arrow/Black CanaryCountdown to Final Crisis and Trinity for DC Comics.

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Dirk Manning is Coming to Derby City Comic Con 2014!DIRK MANNING is best known as the writer/creator of the horror comic series Nightmare World (Image Comics/Shadowline), Tales of Mr. Rhee (Devil’s Due), and the ongoing inspirational column/book collection Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics (Bleeding Cool/Transfuzion Publishing). Additional writing credits include Love Stories to Die For (Image Comics/Shadowline), as well as Critter and The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West (Big Dog Ink).Aside from writing comics Dirk has written several short films for the popular YouTube horror series BlackBoxTV. Don’t let Dirk’s penchant for writing scary comics and his tongue-in-cheek publicity photo with the black hat and scarf fool you, though, as he’s very amicable and approachable guy, with more and more con-goers every year coming to discover how much they enjoy his work and panel presentations. Take our word for it: Your experience here won’t be complete without stopping by Dirk Manning’s table to chat with him and become familiar with his work, especially if you’re interested in learning about how to become a professional comic book creator! Dirk lives on the Internet and can be found online at DirkManning.com as well as at Facebook and Twitter. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

Dirk Manning is Coming to Derby City Comic Con 2014!

DIRK MANNING is best known as the writer/creator of the horror comic series Nightmare World (Image Comics/Shadowline), Tales of Mr. Rhee (Devil’s Due), and the ongoing inspirational column/book collection Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics (Bleeding Cool/Transfuzion Publishing). Additional writing credits include Love Stories to Die For (Image Comics/Shadowline), as well as Critter and The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West (Big Dog Ink).

Aside from writing comics Dirk has written several short films for the popular YouTube horror series BlackBoxTV. Don’t let Dirk’s penchant for writing scary comics and his tongue-in-cheek publicity photo with the black hat and scarf fool you, though, as he’s very amicable and approachable guy, with more and more con-goers every year coming to discover how much they enjoy his work and panel presentations. Take our word for it: Your experience here won’t be complete without stopping by Dirk Manning’s table to chat with him and become familiar with his work, especially if you’re interested in learning about how to become a professional comic book creator! Dirk lives on the Internet and can be found online at DirkManning.com as well as at Facebook and Twitter. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

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Looking for your email regarding your 2014 table registration? HAVE NO FEAR! We’re working our way through the many registrations we received and we hope to have everyone notified by Friday of this week. Please don’t panic if you haven’t heard anything yet. We’re digging through the stack as quickly as the cold weather will allow.

Looking for your email regarding your 2014 table registration? HAVE NO FEAR! We’re working our way through the many registrations we received and we hope to have everyone notified by Friday of this week. Please don’t panic if you haven’t heard anything yet. We’re digging through the stack as quickly as the cold weather will allow.

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Let the “Wait List” Begin!

Though we have closed registration and will be contacting everyone next week (starting 1/6/13), please feel free to email chuck@derbycitycomiccon.com if you would like to be added to our “wait list” for a table should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having missed our one month registration window.

We’re pleased to report we sold out the show floor QUICKLY once again this year!

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We have a lot of good plans here at Derby City Comic Con, but it appears ending an Official Show Art Contest over the holiday season on New Years Eve wasn’t one of them. We simply haven’t seen enough entries to make it a fair contest so we’ve decided to EXTEND the event until March 31st, 2014 and sweeten the deal just a bit!
 

— If you submit an entry (anyone who enters!) and set up at the show, we will feature your table location at the registration table and in the show program to make sure that you get a bit of extra traffic!
 

— If you are selected as one of the three category winners, we will promote you and your appearance through a series of stories about your status as the contest winner reaching out to the press on your behalf.
 

— Each winner will receive a SPECIAL SHOW BENEFIT PACKAGE related to the many events we have planned surrounding the 2014 show!
 

FULL UPDATED CONTEST DETAILS - http://www.derbycitycomiccon.com/showartcontest.php
We have a lot of good plans here at Derby City Comic Con, but it appears ending an Official Show Art Contest over the holiday season on New Years Eve wasn’t one of them. We simply haven’t seen enough entries to make it a fair contest so we’ve decided to EXTEND the event until March 31st, 2014 and sweeten the deal just a bit!
 
— If you submit an entry (anyone who enters!) and set up at the show, we will feature your table location at the registration table and in the show program to make sure that you get a bit of extra traffic!
 
— If you are selected as one of the three category winners, we will promote you and your appearance through a series of stories about your status as the contest winner reaching out to the press on your behalf.
 
— Each winner will receive a SPECIAL SHOW BENEFIT PACKAGE related to the many events we have planned surrounding the 2014 show!
 
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We continue sharing the panels of our 2013 show thanks to the Underground Video Network. For this installment, we share the “Steampunking The Comic Book World” panel brought to you by Corn Island Steampunk Society

Whether you’re a fan of Steampunk or just curious as to what all the fuss about, come join the Corn Island Steampunk Society to find out about its impact on comic books and other media!

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We’re pleased to share the panels of our 2013 show thanks to the Underground Video Network. For this installment, we unveil the “What’s So Great About Comics?” Panel featuring Scott Petitt, Dan Thompson and Tory Whelan! 

Original Panel Description: 
Why are comic books so awesome? Ever wonder how to introduce comic books to a friend, family member, or significant other? Let a few local comic book retailers and experts clue you in on why right now is an amazing time to be a comic book reader!

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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.
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CONTEST RULESSubmissions taken 10/1/13 to 12/31/13
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CATEGORY ONE:
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!
CATEGORY TWO:
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”).
CATEGORY THREE:
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).
Due Dates
All entries are due by December 31st, 2013 via email (sent to chuck@derbycitycomiccon.com) 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).
Requirements 
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!

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.

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CONTEST RULES
Submissions taken 10/1/13 to 12/31/13

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CATEGORY ONE:

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!

CATEGORY TWO:

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”).

CATEGORY THREE:

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).

Due Dates

All entries are due by December 31st, 2013 via email (sent to chuck@derbycitycomiccon.com) 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).

Requirements 

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!

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All the final numbers are in for our 2013 show and the attendee count stands at 4326! That marks just a bit over 44% growth in attendance over 2012 (roughly 3000 attendees) and the most significant, turning point year in the history of Derby City Comic Con!
We want to personally thank each and every one of you who came out for our show this year. We’re promising some massive news as the show grows to two days for 2014 and we continue to build on this solid growth year.
Stay tuned… The countdown to our comic book celebration is officially underway!Learn more at www.derbycitycomiccon.com!

All the final numbers are in for our 2013 show and the attendee count stands at 4326! That marks just a bit over 44% growth in attendance over 2012 (roughly 3000 attendees) and the most significant, turning point year in the history of Derby City Comic Con!

We want to personally thank each and every one of you who came out for our show this year. We’re promising some massive news as the show grows to two days for 2014 and we continue to build on this solid growth year.

Stay tuned… 

The countdown to our comic book celebration is officially underway!

Learn more at www.derbycitycomiccon.com!