AHOY Comics is inviting readers to vote on what comic should receive its own series. On Wednesday, June 26 AHOY Comics will publish Steel Cage #1, a one-shot comic book anthology featuring three dazzling short “pilot” stories from all-star creative teams. Fans can vote on which story continues at the AHOY Comics website and the outcome of the vote will determine what comic book series is published.
Steel Cage just might be the greatest moment of fan participation since fans called a 1-900 number and voted for a teenage sidekick to die.
– Publisher Hart Seely
The competing stories in the Steel Cage One Shot are:
“Noah Zark” by writer Mark Waid and artist Lanna Souvanny, in which an alien boy is kidnapped into an interplanetary zoo—and becomes the protector of the animals;
“True Identity” by writer Tom Peyer and artist Alan Robinson, in which we learn what secret anguish drives the most beloved superhero on Earth;
Writer Stuart Moore and artist Peter Gross’s “Bright Boy” in which we discover the grim tale of the world’s smartest human—and the havoc he leaves in his wake.
Competition between the comic book veterans is fierce. The creators are making their case, talking crap, and want your vote.
I mean, let’s get real, the writer and co-creator of Captain Ginger and Bronze Age Boogie. When you come home from a hard day at the Soylent Green plant and rip open your comics bundle, what do you want to read about? A kid in a zoo? A SUPERHERO? No—you want to read about the smartest guy in the world! Bright Boy for the win!
Tom Peyer, AHOY Comics’ Editor-in-Chief and the writer of its acclaimed comics The Wrong Earth, Hashtag Danger, and High Heaven, said:
When I read Bright Boy or Noah Zark—and I’ve been reading both stories obsessively—my head is tilted as if to say, ‘what an adorable, childlike attempt to prevent the inevitable victory of Alan’s and my True Identity.’ And then I shed a tear, because there’s something deeply sad about their efforts.
Mark Waid, the New York Times bestselling writer of beloved comics including Kingdom Come and Irredeemable, is contributing his first story for AHOY Comics in Steel Cage. Waid said:
As I look down from high above the Mount Olympus of legendary comic book writers, it amuses me to see the flailing True Identity and Bright Boy teams wander aimlessly in search of some sort, any sort. of ladder with which to ascend by standing on the backs of their adorable ‘creations.’ Perhaps there will come a day when they find themselves privileged enough to sit before Lanna and I and bask in our boundless glory. Until then, we shall simply nibble on our ambrosia and laugh.
Voting is live now and will end the Friday before San Diego Comic-Con International. The winner will be officially announced during San Diego Comic-Con International.
AfterShock is rocking out with a guitar giveaway to support the release of the new comic series Killer Groove on May 29. AfterShock has partnered with Gibson Guitars to give away (2) guitars. (1) for retailers and (1) for fans.
The first guitar, an Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition (VE) Electric Guitar, will be awarded to the winner (retailer or store) of a Killer Groove Comic Shop Display Contest. AfterShock will provide reproducible logos, covers, images of the prize, suggested sell-copy and promotional digital posters, shelf-talkers, handouts and other materials that retailers with Diamond accounts may use at their discretion in creating their displays. No specific guidelines other than “Be as Creative as You Want to Be” will be provided.
Displays must be up in stores at least a week before Killer Groove is on sale (5/29) and stay up for at least a week after. Participants will be required to send AfterShock electronic imagery so that they may showcase it on their website. The winner will be selected based on number of votes received and placed by consumers who will be invited to vote as a means of automatic entry into a sweepstakes drawing for the second guitar provided by Gibson, an Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar. An alternate means of entry not requiring a vote on the displays will be provided. The random draw from among all eligible consumer entrants will be held on June 30 or July 1, 2019. Bonfire Agency will administer the promotion.
Below are the retailer and consumer rules.
Comics “Killer Groove Giveaway”
Terms & Conditions
Win an Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar Signed
by KILLER GROOVE creators Ollie Masters and Eoin Marron!
To enter without voting, see TO ENTER WITHOUT VOTING below.
1.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER SWEEPSTAKES OR WIN A PRIZE. BUYING
WILL NOT HELP YOU WIN. YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING WITHOUT MAKING A PURCHASE ARE
THE SAME AS THE CHANCES OF SOMEONE WHO PURCHASES SOMETHING. IT IS ILLEGAL TO
GIVE ADVANTAGE TO BUYERS IN A SWEEPSTAKES.
2.Entry Period : The AfterShock Comics “Killer Groove
Giveaway” (the “Promotion”) commences at 12:00:01 AM
(EDT) on May 19, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on June 30, 2019. All
entries must be received by 11:59:59 (EDT) on June 30, 2019
(“Deadline”). AfterShock Comics, LLC (hereinafter referred to as
“Sponsor”), at its own discretion, may extend the period of time for
the submittal of entries. Any extension of time for the submittal of entries
will be posted on the Promotion webpage at https://www.AfterShockComics.com/KillerGrooveGiveawayRules
3.Eligibility : The Promotion is open to all legal residents
of the United States, the District of Columbia and Canada, except where
prohibited, who are above the age of 18 years old or the age of majority in the
jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry, whichever is greater
(“Entrant”). Employees of Sponsor or their immediate families, or
anyone whom has won an AfterShock sponsored Promotion in the preceding 12
months are not eligible to be entered into the Promotion. Owners and employees
of participating comic shops or their immediate families whom have entered the
Killer Groove Display Contest are not eligible to be entered into the
Promotion. Immediate family includes parents, spouse, children, siblings,
grandparents, step-parents, step-children, and step-siblings. By participating
in the Promotion, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Promotion Rules,
release Sponsor and any affiliates against all claims, injuries, or damage
arising out of any participation in these Promotion and redemption of the
prize, and acknowledge compliance with these Official Promotion Rules.
4.Promotion Overview and Prize Information : One (1) Potential Winner
(“Winner”) will be chosen by Sponsor on July 1, 2019 at 02:00:00 PM
EDT. The Winner will receive one (1) Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar signed by
Killer Groove series creators Ollie Masters and Eoin Marron. The Potential
Winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility,
Liability and Publicity Release (except where prohibited), which must be
received by Sponsor within ten (10) days after the Release is emailed to
Potential Winner. If any Potential Winner fails or refuses to sign and return
such Affidavit within the time period required by Sponsor or if the prize or
prize notification is returned as rejected, faulty, unclaimed or returned as
undeliverable to such Potential Winner, such Potential Winner may be
disqualified, and an alternate may be selected. A Potential Winner is not a confirmed
Winner until he or she has retuned all required documentation and his/her
eligibility has been verified by Sponsor. Non-compliance shall result in
disqualification and award of the prize to an alternate Winner.
No substitution or
transfer of prize will be accepted without Sponsor’s approval or where required
by law. Sponsor may reward alternate prize of equal or greater value if the
main components of prize become unavailable. Prize is not redeemable for cash.
Winner will receive an IRS 1099 form reflecting the fair market value of the
prize. ALL PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY
KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY
OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.).
Total estimated retail
value of each prize:
Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic
Odds of winning depend on
total number of eligible entrants received during the Promotion period.
5.How to Enter : To enter the AfterShock Comics “Killer
Groove Giveaway” Promotion online, Entrants will be required to enter
through the entry form on AfterShockComics.com/KillerGrooveGiveaway and VOTE
for one of the in-store comic shop displays depicted there. Follow the
on-screen instructions to complete and thereafter transmit the official online
entry form, which includes: your full, legal name, address, and valid e-mail
address. Entrant must be the registered subscriber of the email account from
which the entry is made. Potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor
with proof that he/she is the registered account holder for the e-mail address
associated with the potentially winning entry. If a dispute cannot be resolved
to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible.
Entries may only be
submitted by a single Entrant. Group Entries will not be accepted. Only one (1)
individual may be considered to have produced and submitted the Entry. Only one
(1) e-mail account per Entrant will be eligible to win. Any Entrant found to
use multiple accounts will be disqualified. Subsequent attempts made by the
same individual to submit multiple entries by using multiple accounts or
otherwise may be disqualified. Entries generated by a script, computer
programs, macro, programmed, robotic or other automated means will be
disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted, false, lost,
late or misdirected, deceptive or otherwise not in compliance with the Official
Rules may be disqualified from the Promotion, at Sponsor’s sole and absolute
discretion. Illegible and/or incomplete entries and entries submitted by
entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirements (including all
requirements with respect to age and residence) are void. Those who do not
follow all of the instructions, provide the required information in their entry
form, or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Sponsor may be
disqualified. Each entry submitted in this Promotion is referred to as an
In the event of a dispute
concerning who submitted an entry, the entry will be declared to have been made
by the registered account holder of the e-mail address associated with the
potentially winning entrant, but only if that person meets all other
eligibility criteria or if that person is the approving parent or legal
guardian of a minor participant who meets all of the eligibility criteria. A
registered account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to
an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or
other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is
responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the
submitted e-mail address. Any damage made to the Web Site will be the
responsibility of the registered account holder of the e-mail address submitted
at the time of entry.
6. To Enter Without Voting : Entrants are not required to vote among the
depicted in-store displays at AfterShockComics.com/KillerGrooveGiveaway in
order to enter the sweepstakes. Entrants not desiring to vote electronically
print their full name, street address, (no P.O. Boxes), day/evening/cellular
phone number (if any), email address, and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″
piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “Killer Groove
Giveaway – Sweeps Entry,” c/o Bonfire Agency, LLC, 315 West 36th
Street, New York, NY 10018.
7.Determination of Winner : Random drawing from all eligible entries received in
accordance with these Official Rules will be
conducted approximately on or about July 1, 2019. One (1) Winner will be chosen
by random drawing from all eligible entries received. Sponsor will have
complete discretion over interpretation of the Official Rules, of
administration of the Promotion, and of selection of the winners. Decisions of
the Sponsor as to the selection of the winners will be final.
Winner will be notified
by email on or before July 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM EDT. Prize shall be shipped to
Winner from Sponsor at Sponsor’s expense. All entries must be received by the
Deadline to be eligible to win a prize.
Sponsor will make two (2)
attempts to notify the potential Winner. Winner must respond within 24 hours of
drawing or the prizewinner will be disqualified, the prize will be forfeited,
and an alternate potential winner may be selected at random.
The Winner is solely
responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes and other costs pertaining
to the awarded prize.
If Winner is found to be
ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules, or if
the Winner declines prize for any reason prior to award, such Winner may be
disqualified and an alternate Winner may be selected.
8.Technical Limitation of Liability : To the extent permitted by applicable law,
neither Sponsor nor any of its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates,
advertising and promotion agencies, legal and financial advisors, any and all
companies associated with this Promotion nor any of their respective officers,
directors, shareholders, agents, licensees, licensors and employees, nor any Internet
access providers (collectively “Released Parties”) (except where due
to the negligence, breach of these Rules or other default of a Released Party)
are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information, human error,
technical malfunction, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption,
deletion, defect, line failure of any telephone, computer or other network,
computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, inability to access
the Promotion Site or other sites, for problems uploading any Entries or
downloading any Promotion-related materials from the Promotion Site, or for
late Entries not received within the stipulated date and time, lost, damaged,
misdirected, incorrect, incomplete, delayed, garbled, stolen or inaccurate Entries
or for any other problems or errors related to the Promotion.
By entering their name
into the Promotion, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Promotion
Rules and to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its respective subsidiary or
affiliated companies from and against any and all claims or actions of any
kind, whether under contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and agree to
indemnify Sponsor against any liability or expense arising in connection with
the foregoing. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the
Promotion or any part of it, within its sole discretion.
Except where prohibited
by law, by entering the Promotion, Entrants also authorize Sponsor to use their
voice, likeness, photograph, video, biographical data, and city and state of
residence, submission/entry and written or oral statements in promotional
material without compensation. Entrant shall have no right of approval, no
claim to compensation, and no claim (including without limitation, claims based
on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any
use, blurring, alternation, or use in composite form of your name, picture
likeness, address (city and state) email address, biographical information, or
entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to Sponsor and its
affiliated companies with respect to all Entrants in the Promotion, including
those Entrants who are selected as Winner and those Entrants who are not
selected as Winner. Sponsor is under no obligation to use the winning Entries
for any purpose.
9.Privacy . As a condition of entering the Promotion,
each Entrant gives consent for Sponsor to obtain and deliver his or her name,
address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering
this Promotion and to comply with applicable laws, regulations and rules. Any
information entrants provide to Sponsor may be used to communicate with entrant
in relation to this Promotion or on a Promotion winner’s list. The personal
information you submit will only be used to contact you in the event you win
the Promotion or if there is a question or issue regarding your entry. We will
not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about you, unless
required for law enforcement or by statute.
10.Request for Winners : For the name of the Winner and/or Official
Promotion Rules, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
AfterShock Comics, LLC
Attn: Killer Groove Giveaway
315 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
All requests for Official
Promotion Rules must be made by July 1, 2025. The Winners list will be
available until July 1, 2025. Residents of WA and VT may omit return postage.
11.Sponsor : The “Killer Groove Giveaway” Promotion is sponsored
by AfterShock Comics, LLC, 15300 Ventura Boulevard,
Suite 507, Sherman Oaks, California 91403 USA.
Trade Contest Rules
Comics “Killer Groove” Retailer Display Contest Official Entry Form
Co-created by writer Matthew Erman and artist Emily Pearson, Bonding is a YA graphic novel about two people who fall in love. It just happens that in this world, humans are made to ‘bond’ with strange alien-like parasites that hang onto their chests like weird leeches or sea-slugs. Your health, emotions, preferences, and tastes can be reflected in the way your slug looks.
Bonding comes from Vault Comics’ young readers imprint Myriad Books. To celebrate the project, Vault Comics and the Bonding creative team created a special “Chapter 0” comic that not only introduces reader to the story, but invites the public to submit their own illustrations for how they think their own slugs would look.
In addition to being about love, the book also touches on mental health, self-perception, anxiety, and more, as all of these thoughts are displayed through your parasite for everyone to see. It’s important for YA audiences to be able to talk about these concepts and emotions.
Bonding will be released on February 5th, 2020. Design submissions are upon from now until September 13th, 2019.
Independent comic book publisher Mad Cave Studios has announced their first ever nationwide talent search! The publisher is looking for a maximum of 4 writers and 4 artists to work on 4 original and unannounced projects from the minds inside the Mad Cave. Each winner will be compensated on a “per page” basis and employment will be on a “work for hire basis”. This search is specifically for diverse, undiscovered talent with a unique voice that has never worked with or been distributed by a major publisher.
By running this talent search they’re hoping to give aspiring creators the opportunity that many people can only dream of; working on a published comic book!
Each submission should be based on one of two Mad Cave comics: Battlecats or Midnight Task Force. Each creator can send one submission for each title, but keep in mind that the project you could potentially be working on will not be the same one you submitted.
Note: To those who choose to submit an entry for only Battlecats; any series that you may potentially be working on will not feature anthropomorphic creatures.
The contest begins on July 14th, 2018 and runs through September 14th, 2018. Every entrant will be considered by each member of editorial at Mad Cave Studios and the winners will be announced during New York Comic Con on Saturday October 5th, 2018. If you are not selected this year, don’t worry, they’ll be running this talent search again next year. So put your proverbial “nose to the grindstone” and hone your craft!
Check out the submission guidelines below. Only submissions that meet each one of the guidelines below will be reviewed.
Writer Submissions Guidelines:
Format: Microsoft Word document or PDF.
Content: 4 – 6 pages set anywhere in the Battlecats universe (Valderia) or the Midnight Task Force universe (dystopian Detroit circa 2055.)
Submission: Send your submissions to Talentsearch@madcavestudios.comalong with a signed copy of the submission agreement.
Artist Submissions Guidelines:
Content: No more than 3 pages of sequential art set in the Battlecats universe (Valderia) or the Midnight Task Force universe (dystopian Detroit circa 2055.)
Submission: Send your submission to Talentsearch@madcavestudios.comalong with a signed copy of the submission agreement.
1) Each creator can submit one entry per title.
2) Email subject line should read: Mad Cave Studios Talent Search.
3) This search is for new and undiscovered talent. If you’ve been paid or published by an established publisher your entry will be disregarded.
4) Must be 18 years or older to enter.
5) Submissions are only open from July 14th, 2018 through September 14th, 2018.
6) The 8 potential winners will be announced at New York Comic Con 2018 on Saturday October 5th, 2018, but will be notified beforehand.
Webtoon, the global leader in digital comics, continue their ongoing effort to find more storytellers with a new “Discover Creator” contest launched this month, boasting a Grand Prize Winner cumulative payday of $80,000 come November. The contest went live on June 11, inviting creators from around the globe to submit their stories over the next 3 months – the submission deadline is September 13.
Webtoon has put together a panel of editors to select the EIGHT best stories to advance into round 2, to be announced on September 21 – each quarterfinalist will be awarded $5000 AND invited to Webtoon’s exclusive Green Room Party at New York Comic Con. There will be TWO stories selected from each Genre. Categories include Thriller/Horror, Comedy/Slice, Fantasy/Sci-fi/Action, and Drama/Romance, and each genre has specific panel and episode requirements which can be found under the official rules.
On November 5, FOUR Genre Winners (ONE from each category) will be selected to advance to the finals and collect an additional $25,000. The contest ends on November 12 with a Grand Prize Winner selected to win another $50,000 (bringing their totally to $80,000) AND will become a featured title on Webtoon. For more information on the contest, please visit Webtoon Discover Creator Contest.
Webtoon has had incredible success with finding new creators in the past— “Discover Creator” marks the fourth creator contest. Past winners include 2014’s “Challenge League” Grand Prize Winner Space Boy by Stephen McCranie (Mal and Chad, Penguin), currently on episode #163 with more than 31 million views of his weekly story about an alien artifact, a mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. Additionally, the fourth-place winner in the 2016 Superhero Comics Contest presented by Stan Lee’s POW. Entertainment, uru-chan and her hit series, unOrdinary – currently on episode #95 with more than 1.6 million subscribers and almost 200,000,000 views of the title. unOrdinary has a devoted following that have spent more than 400,000 minutes, or 7000 hours, reading the imperfect adventures of John and Sera.
It’s the largest, most comprehensive collector’s series of Star Trekstarships ever assembled – and this summer the number of models in Eaglemoss’ Official Star Trek Starships Collection will surpass 160. To celebrate, Eaglemoss once again invites fans of every generation to “Get Your Trek On” and enter to win one of 500 incredible prizes in its annual “Summer of Trek” Sweepstakes – including the Grand Prize of an ultimate voyage for two aboard Star Trek: The Cruise III.
Co-presented by Entertainment Cruise Productions, organizers of Star Trek: The Cruise III, and IDW, licensed publisher of Star Trek comics, the sweepstakes and themed events throughout the summer are designed to draw fan attention to the many Star Trek themed collectibles produced by Eaglemoss under license from CBS Studios, including the Official Star Trek Starships Collection, the Official Star Trek Starships XL Editions, the Official Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, and the all-new Official Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection.
Each collection is available by subscription from Eaglemoss, as well as at the Eaglemoss Shop and in leading comic and pop culture specialty stores.
Plus, from now through August 20th, fans who enter online can win one of more than 500 prizes, including the Grand Prize of passage for two aboard the luxurious Star Trek: The Cruise III and the opportunity to sail alongside more than 20 iconic Star Trek actors and personalities – all under the direction of Cruise Host Wil Wheaton!
Five First Prize winners will receive a one-year subscription to the Eaglemoss Star Trek starship collection of their choice, 25 Second Prize winners will get a bundle of five starships from the Official Star Trek Starships Collection, and 50 Third Prize winners will get the first three volumes of the Official Star Trek Graphic Novels Collection. Additional prizes include digital copies of the first issue of IDW’s Star Trek: Boldly Go comic books series, digital trade editions of IDW’s Starfleet Academy, and $10 Eaglemoss Shop online gift cards.
Fans can also earn additional automatic entries when they share news of the “Summer of Trek” Sweepstakes with their friends. Every referral earns one additional entry when that friend enters the sweeps. By the end of the sweepstakes, the top ten referrers will earn exclusive prizes, including the top prize of a $500 Eaglemoss Shop gift card.
For official rules and to enter, fans can go online. Once there, a name and valid e-mail address are all that’s needed to register. No purchase is necessary to enter the Eaglemoss “Summer of Trek” Sweepstakes.
Are you a DC fan? Do you have a creative streak? Still need badges to San Diego Comic-Con?
Then the DC Super Heroes x Snap Lens Studio Competition is for you!
DC is partnering with Snap Inc’s Lens Studio to ask fans to create the ultimate DC-themed Snapchat Lens celebrating Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In return, the winner and one guest will receive a three-night trip to San Diego Comic-Con, July 19-22! The full prize includes roundtrip airfare, a hotel room, two Comic-Con International badges, wristbands for comic talent signings at the DC booth, $500 for expenses, and swag from DC and Snapchat
Enter by July 8 where you’ll find the entry instructions and free downloadable Lens Studio software. This competition is only open to United States residents who are 13 or older; competitors under 18 will need permission from a parent or legal guardian. The winner will be notified by email on or about July 12.
Be sure to click here for the full contest details, and good luck!
Traveling Stories and IDW Publishing have launched the annual San Diego Comic-Con sweepstakes, a contest which will last through June 13th at 3:00pm PT.
Those who enter have a chance of winning the following ultimate experience package:
Two 4-day passes to sold-out Comic-Con
Airfare for 2 within the continental U.S.
Four nights stay at the Wyndham Bayside in San Diego Gaslamp district
An exclusive tour of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery with Ted Adams, CEO of IDW
Airport pickup and shuttle to the gallery, and then to the hotel
Anyone in the world can enter! $10 gives you 10 chances to win. Each additional $1 is another chance – the math is simple. Every dollar is a donation to Traveling Stories, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers kid to outsmart poverty by helping them fall in love with reading by the 4th grade.