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ANTHOLOGY!

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2017 Anthology

A COLLECTION OF THE
2017 GHOST CITY COMICS COMPETITION
FINALISTS

(click cover to download)

 
 

GCCC 2017 WINNERS

BEST ONE PAGE COMIC

WINNER
POUND FOR POUND

Chas! Pangburn, Juan Gedeon, Carlos Cabrera

RUNNER UP
WHEN READING

Wendy Muldon

BEST SHORT STORY

WINNER
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

Deniz Camp, Romain Brun, Julien Brun

RUNNER UP
THUNDERBOLT HOLT

Mike Exner III, D.C. Stuelpner, Micah Myers

BEST SINGLE ISSUE

WINNER
DAUGHTER

Sam Beck

RUNNER UP
THE PALE

Jay Fabares, Sanders Fabares

BEST WRITING


THE PALE
Writer: Jay Fabares & Sanders Fabares

BEST ART

CLOVIS
Artist: Zak Hartong

BEST COLORING

DAUGHTER
Colorist: Sam Beck

BEST LETTERING

STEELE VS
Letterer: HdE


GCCC 2017 FINALISTS

 
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ONE PAGE COMICS

ANGLER
Hal Matthews, Kevin Learn

BOOT HILL
Stephanie Cannon, Javi Laparra, Marshall Sriboonrung

CLEANSING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION
John J. Carr, Aaron Miller

JUJU IN THE JUNGLE
Justin Castaneda

MY CREVICE
Richard Davis, Faron, Dyan Johnson

POUND FOR POUND
Chas! Pangburn, Juan Gedeon, Carlos Cabrera

THAT DAY
April Troll

TIME TRAVEL
Matthew Summo, Dominik Zaruba

U+ME
Heather Barron

WHEN READING
Wendy Muldon

SHORT STORIES

ATTACK ON BUG CITY
Alex Wills, Brad Hansen, Athena Stamos, Claudio Muñoz, Matt Olson, Eduardo Camacho
(available later this year as part of the COLOSSAL CHAOS collection)

THE DAY SHARKTAPUS ATE THE MOON
Bonesteel

THE LAST BATCH
Chris Sides, Dan Cornwell, Ken Reynolds

LURE
Chas! Pangburn, Matias Lázaro

MINE LOVER BOY
Eliot Hayden Macmillan

PAGAN - PREY
Ryan Nichols, Juan Gedeon, Josh Aitken

ROGER EBERT AND ME
Milton Lawson, Rem Broo

THUNDERBOLT HOLT
Mike Exner III, D.C. Stuelpner, Micah Myers
BUY ANTHOLOGY

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
Deniz Camp, Romain Brun, Julien Brun
BUY ANTHOLOGY

WARPED! THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS
Fernando Pinto

SINGLE ISSUES

CLOVIS
Miles Greb, Zak Hartong
BUY NOW

DAUGHTER
Sam Beck
BUY NOW

DEADBEAT
Jed McPherson, Chris Shehan
BUY NOW

GENESIS
Angelica Baini, Tianna Harvey, Jackie Albano, Grace Berrios
(kickstarter coming soon)

A LOVE TO DIE FOR
Glenn Møane, Tirso Llaneta, Monte Thompson, Sean Rinehart

THE PALE
Jay Fabares, Sanders Fabares
BUY NOW

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN
Paul Allor, Louie Joyce
BUY NOW

PIGEON CITY
Greig Cameron, John Amos, Ryan Otto

SALTWATER: THE ANARCHY OF WATER
Rick Quinn, Dana Obera
BUY NOW

SONGS FOR THE DEAD
Andrea Fort, Michael Christopher Heron, Sam Beck, AndWorld Design
BUY NOW

SPACE DOOR
Charlie Parsons

STEELE VS
Scott Schmidt, Slobodan Jovanovic, K Michael Russell, HdE
BUY NOW

MYSTERY AWARDS

These comics didn't make the cut, but we just had to give them something!

 
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BEST D&D FREAKOUT
Death Saves - Loot

TRIPPIEST DREAM SEQUENCE
Follow Me Fuchsia
BUY ANTHOLOGY

FUNNIEST TORTURE SCENE
The Man of Many Shades

BEST ALLIGATOR SWAMP FIGHT
Swamp Magic


THREE CATEGORIES

 
 

WINNERS

CASH PRIZE:
One Page Comic — $300
Short Story — $500
Single Issue — $700
+
$30 Comixology Gift Card
Publisher Feedback from VAULT COMICS
Publisher Feedback from ACTION LAB COMICS
Review from COMIC BASTARDS
Review from OUTRIGHT GEEKERY
Podcast interview on PODCAPERS

RUNNERS UP

$20 Comixology Gift Card
Review from OUTRIGHT GEEKERY
Publisher Feedback from ACTION LAB COMICS

FINALISTS

(top 10 comics from each category)
Publisher Feedback from ALTERNA COMICS
Review from A PLACE TO HANG YOUR CAPE

BEST WRITING / ARTIST /
COLORIST / LETTERING

$20 Comixology Gift Card
+
BEST WRITING
Writing feedback from JASON AARON
(writer for Marvel, Image, Vertigo)

BEST ARTIST
Art feedback from SANFORD GREENE
(artist for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse)

BEST COLORIST
Coloring feedback from DAVID BARON
(colorist for DC, Vertigo, Valiant)

BEST LETTERING
Lettering feedback from Nate Piekos
(letterer for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image)

👻 MYSTERY AWARDS 👻

GIFT CARDS FROM:
Think Geek
Comicraft
Comixology
 

SPONSORS

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SPECIAL GUESTS

JUDGES

SUBMISSION FEE

EARLY DEADLINE — JUNE 15

  • One Page — $5
  • Short Story — $10
  • Single Issue — $20

STANDARD DEADLINE — JULY 15

  • One Page — $10
  • Short Story — $15
  • Single Issue — $25

LATE DEADLINE — AUGUST 15

  • One Page — $15
  • Short Story — $20
  • Single Issue — $30

LENGTHS

  • One Page — 1 page
  • Short Story — 2 to 10 pages
  • Single Issue — 11 to 35 pages

SCHEDULE

  • Submissions Open — May 20
  • Submissions Close — Aug 15
  • Finalists Announced — Sept 1
  • Winners Announced — Sept 15
 

GUIDELINES

  • Comics music be submitted as PDF files.
  • All genres are allowed.
  • Web Comics are allowed, but must be submitted in the form of PDF.
  • No limit on the number of entries, but each entry requires a separate fee.
  • You must submit a completed comic; no scripts, pencils, etc.
  • Electronic submissions only. No mail-in submissions.
  • Must be 13 years or older to submit. (Creators under 18 must have permission of parent or legal guardian to enter.)
  • Comics that have been published by a major publisher are NOT allowed. For a list of disqualified publishers, click HERE
  • Submitted comics must be original works.
  • You may not use characters that you do not own.
  • Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible.
  • Entries from outside the United States are welcome to enter, but all lettering must be submitted in English, and all payments are in USD.
  • No revised or updated versions of your comic can be submitted to replace the original submission. We recommend you double check your comic before submitting.
  • Prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. If a comic is owned by multiple people, each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prizes.
  • Single Issue submissions can be fully contained one-shots, but if it is part of a series, issue #1 is preferred.
  • You are free to enter your comic in other contests simultaneously.
  • This is a competition based on skill, it is not a sweepstakes or lottery. Your comic will be judged by its Story, Dialogue, Art, Colors, Lettering, Layout, Pacing, and Originality.
  • Finalists will be the TOP 10 comics in each category.
  • You keep the rights to your work, but we may use your comic's name and logo for promotional purposes.
  • For full rules, click HERE
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SUBMIT YOUR COMIC

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED!

 

FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SEPT 1, WINNERS SEPT 15

WhAT is this thing?

 

We created Ghost City Comics Competition after working so hard on our own comics and not being satisfied with the outlets available to us. You either blindly submit to a publisher or slowly build your own fan base one reader at a time.

Coming from a film background, we wondered why there was nothing like a film festival for comics. In fact, most arts; screenwriting, poetry, music, graphic design, they all have competitions as an outlet for aspiring creators. And since nobody had really nailed the idea in our heads, we decided to make it ourselves.

With GCCC we hope to give indie comic creators a new way to get their work out there. A chance to have their comics read by industry professionals, win some cool prizes, and get reviewed and promoted across the internet.

This is our first year, but our dream is that GCCC will grow to become a staple of the comics community. We've got so many ideas for future competitions, prizes we'd love to give out, sponsors we'd love to work with, and hopefully some day an in-person event.

Making comics has made us so many friends and creative partners around the world. We hope we can contribute back to the comic creators community that we have fallen in love with.

Let's keep #makingcomics.

—Michael Ruiz-Unger & Tucker Tota (co-founders)


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