- Posted by Johanna on August 21, 2010 at 8:17 am
- Category: Comic News
Ape Entertainment sent out a press release promoting their appearance at this weekend’s Wizard Chicago show that included the following text:
Ape Entertainment is bringing some of the most groundbreaking creators to Wizard World Chicago while also hunting for new talent. … Ape Entertaiment COO Brent E. Erwin will be reviewing portfolios at the Ape Entertainment booth (#117) as the company launches a special contest for artists and colorists. From the beginning of Wizard World Chicago through the end of September, submission of a portfolio automatically enters you to win the chance to do a paid back up story in one of the licensed KiZoic line titles releasing in 2011. …
Ape Entertainment is specifically looking for pencilers as well as colorists. All submissions after the event can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. … Erwin will be on hand to review portfolios throughout the entirety of the show.
Isn’t that what submissions always are, a bid to get work? Any review of art by a publisher should get you “a chance to do a … story”. Billing it as a contest seems a bit odd to me. I know it’s just semantics, but I fear the idea of “winning” becoming a distraction from the fact that this is a business deal. Although I applaud Ape saying “paid” in their announcement and making that clear from the start.