Welcome to the Indy’s Fifth Annual Comix Issue, where we invite illustrators, storytellers, artists and creators of all kinds to submit original artwork for this special issue. Past versions of our Comix Issue have featured decorated comic book professionals and emerging amateurs, traditional fine artists and Marvel fangirls, wry champions of the stick-figure and whip-smart Tom Tomorrow devotees. No matter who you are or what your background, we’re hoping you’ll send us your most visually stimulating, politically poignant or laugh-out-loud creation.

Our theme for this year’s issue is “Missoula Confessions.” Your submission should speak to this theme, but how it does so is entirely up to you. Your submission should also be created as sequential art that tells a full story, but there are no limitations on the number of panels or how you arrange them as long as they conform to one of the sizes specified below. Our final selections will be made based on creativity, artistry, narrative and overall execution.

The best comic strips will be published in the May 10 Independent as part of our Fifth Annual Comix Issue. If you’re interested in submitting, check out the details below.

What: The Indy’s Comix Issue

Who: You! Storytellers, illustrators and creators of all kinds

When: Submissions are due by midnight Monday, April 23. The Comix Issue hits newsstands and the web on Thursday, May 10. An exhibition of original Comix Issue work will be held at a venue and on a date to be determined.

Theme: “Missoula Confessions”

Rules:

— A limit of two comic strip submissions per illustrator.

— Submissions should fit within one of five sizes: half-page vertical (5 inches wide x 10.75 inches high), half-page horizontal (10.25 x 5.3), quarter-page vertical (5 x 5.3), quarter-page horizontal (10.25 x 2.6) or quarter-page vertical strip (2.43 x 10.75).

— Each submission should include a title and the artist’s contact information (full name, email, phone number).

— Color or black-and-white comic strips are allowed.

— Submissions should be saved in CMYK at 200 dpi, and submitted as a tiff, jpg or pdf.

— Submissions will be judged by a committee including members of the Indy editorial staff and local illustrators.

— Illustrators will be notified by April 30 if their comic strip is selected for publication and the art show.

— By submitting entries to the Independent, you grant us permission to print the comic strip in the paper and publish it on our website. The top comic strips will be selected by the Independent and published in a special issue of the weekly paper and online.

— In addition, select artists will be invited to display their comic strip(s) at a reception at a venue to be determined. This is an opportunity for artists to celebrate this special issue, meet fans and, yes, sell their comic art. Artists handle all pricing and transactions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the artist.

Still have questions? Email editor@missoulanews.com or call 406.543.6609 x107 and ask for editor Brad Tyer.