- Posted by Johanna on July 13, 2006 at 9:37 pm
- Category: Comic News
Press release received:
Visionary Comics Studio will proudly be making its first public debut at this year’s San Diego Comicon, and harkening to the spirit of their name, they are doing it in a truly visionary way! “What better way to make our public debut than to simply revolutionize the way creators can break into comics?” Brian Augustyn, VCS’ Senior Editor stated. In an exclusive partnership with Markosia Enterprises LTD, Visionary will be launching its first Be A Visionary Contest which will kickoff taking submissions July 20th at the San Diego Comicon and will be open for entry through September 10th at the Baltimore Comicon. We will also begin announcing the first winning and SOON TO BE PUBLISHED creators at the Baltimore Convention. Yes, you read that right…SOON TO BE PUBLISHED!
“This is a contest for every kind of creator and you can enter on your OWN merits, you don’t have to find a team, we do that for you.” C. Edward Sellner, VCS Creative Director stated. “This is also not a scam where you pay us to print your art and send it anywhere so it might be reviewed. This is actually a proving ground where you end up published, a rep contract and a printed portfolio!”
First round qualifiers in each category will receive notice of their status within two weeks of submission. Those who pass the first round of qualification will then be partnered with a team, the team will then compete in the second round competition which requires the team to complete an actual 6-page story under VCS’ guidance. Qualifiers at the second round are guaranteed invitations to the studio as active members, and that their completed story will be given some public exposure. Finally, finished stories will then be judged and the top choices will be slotted for publication as backup stories in Markosia titles. YES! PRINTED! Team will retain full rights to the story and property. There is no monetary award or payment for this contest, winners will be offered professional representation contracts through Visionary Comics Studio, guaranteed public exposure and consideration of their work, the opportunity to develop a creator-owned property through VCS, and grand prize winners will have their work published and thus hit that all important mark of PUBLISHED CREATOR! All prize winners will be notified no later than December 18, 2006. Number of qualifying entries and winners at each stage will be based on number of entrants, and number of potential slots for stories available.
Thoughts in response:
Get an editor. Those run-on sentences are confusing.
Accepting submissions at San Diego is nothing special, with all sizes of publishers doing the same thing.
I’m happy to see someone mention the Baltimore Con, but I wish it was someone that smelled less of snake oil.
Visionary hasn’t yet published anything, although their website is full of “coming soon” promises.
They’re not paying the winners anything, and they’re fattening up their portfolio of “properties” they will represent. Guaranteeing that “their completed story will be given some public exposure” could mean “we’ll put it on our website”.
If someone cares that much about being a “published creator”, go down to Kinkos and run off 50 copies of a minicomic.