- Posted by Johanna on January 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm
- Category: Comic News
Zenescope, a comic company best known for covers featuring scantily clad women, is also too cheap to hire models. Instead, they run “Girl of the Year” contests. They even admit this is their target audience, asking those who are “aspiring models, amateur models, and fans” to enter.
Women, excuse me, “girls” dress up and send in pictures. Zenescope offers as prizes running the images in their comics (“each monthly winner will appear in print in over 20,000 total issues of Zenescope’s popular monthly series and will also be featured online”), a $100 gift certificate for an online comic store, and the chance to compete to be named “Zenescope Girl of 2010″. In other words, instead of paying modeling fees, they get free pictures in return for calling it a contest prize.
The yearly “Grand Prize” winner gets a free trip to the San Diego Con (for three days and two nights, which is also cheaping out since the show runs five days). While there, they’ll get to “appear for a signing” at the Zenescope booth. Airfare and motel must be cheaper than hiring a professional booth babe. Based on this image from last year, one key factor appears to be the willingness to flash your cleavage for the online “voters” who will be helping with this decision.
They’ve been doing this for four years now, by the way.
Rich Johnston came up with yet another reason to criticize them: he asked Zenescope if a man could enter. They said only he could. Didn’t someone else get in trouble for doing a gender-specific contest last year?