A Public Service Announcement! ;)

A Public Service Announcement! ;)

Monday, June 01, 2009

San Jose Library Holds Graphic Novel-Making Contest, Announces Winner

From Mark Clegg:

The Tully branch of the San Jose Public library system has concluded their system-wide “Graphic Novel Making Contest,” with the winners announced at a well-attended ceremony last Friday, May 29, 2009.

The contest was open to people between ages 12-19. They were to independently create their own “Graphic Novel” with a maximum length of 10 pages. First prize was a $100 gift certificate, second was $75,third was $50, and fourth was $25. There were 24 valid entries turned in by the submissions deadline of May 8.

.... As might be expected, 23 of the entries were strongly influenced by Manga, which is basically the only comics the entrants were familiar with. They showed much love and enthusiasm, with skills reasonable for their respective ages.One though was different. The winning entry can be seen in a PDF that can be downloaded at: http://tullybranch.googlepages.com/VitusbyJaneLiu.pdf

Great idea from the Tully branch! Good to see libraries taking readers' love of sequential art to the next level: not just getting the books on the shelves, but acknowledging young people's desire to create and compose in the form as well!

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