Ends on April 20, 2018

Welcome to the Indy’s Fourth 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 “Alternative Missoula Facts.” Your submission should speak to this theme, but how it does 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 Independent in May as part of our fourth annual Comix Issue. If you’re interested in submitting, check out the details below or at our submissions page.

What: The Indy’s Comix Issue
Who: You! Storytellers, illustrators and creators of all kinds
When: Submissions are due by midnight Sunday, April 16. The Comix Issue hits stands and the web May 4. A First Friday show will be held at Zootown Brew May 5. 
Theme: Alternative Missoula Facts

— A limit of two comic strips 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 primary 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 and local illustrators

— Illustrators will be notified by April 24 if their comic strip is selected for publication and the First Friday art show.

— By submitting entries to the Independent, you grant us permission to print the comic strip in the paper and use 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 First Friday reception at Zootown Brew downtown. This is an opportunity for artists to celebrate this special issue, meet fans and, yes, sell their comic strip. (Note: We’ve had more than a half-dozen comic strips sell during our two previous Comix Issue receptions.) Artists handle all pricing and transactions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the artist.

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