Johanna Draper Carlson wrote to remind us that the entry deadline for the Glyph Comic Awards is January 31. The Glyph Comic Awards recognize the best comics made by, for, and about people of color. Carlson is one of the judges this year. Entry guidelines:
Any comics publisher — small, large, corporate, independent, self-published — as well as online comic creators and cartoonists for newspapers and other periodicals, are invited to submit black-themed material released from January 1-December 31, 2012, for consideration for award recognition. The Committee defines black-themed work as any comic with any combination of the following:
• a black protagonist(s), or at least a black character(s) pivotal to the direction of the story
• a setting(s) or a theme(s) that explores the black experience within the United States and/or abroad, past, present, and/or future
• and/or a comic of any kind written and/or illustrated by a black creator(s).
Anyone wishing to submit their comic book or comic strip for consideration in the 2013 competition should e-mail GCA Committee Chair Pamela Thomas, Pamela.Thomas@ecbacc.com, for further information. Hard copies are preferred, though submissions of e-files will also be accepted. Online comic creators and newspaper/periodical cartoonists with websites should send a direct URL link to their site or page. Daily cartoonists must have a minimum of one month’s work archived and available for viewing; weekly cartoonists a minimum of two months.
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