Submissions are now being accepted for the 26th annual Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award. Started in 1982 as a joint presentation of Comic-Con International and the West Coast Comics Club, this award honors a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics.
To qualify for the award, an artist must be a newcomer to the comic field, having had no professional work published prior to January 2004. Exceptions to this rule are:
1. Work done as an unaccredited assistant to another artistâ€¨2. Fanzine publicationsâ€¨3. Small press with a print run of 2000 or lessâ€¨4. A one shot in a new talent anthology comicâ€¨
In the spirit of revered artist Russ Manning (Tarzan, Star Wars, Magnus Robot Fighter), the most important criteria for selection are storytelling ability, clarity of expression and narrative flow, and illustrative flow. Writing is not a consideration except in a tie. A nominee from last year may be resubmitted if he or she meets the criteria.â€¨
Submissions should be sent to: Gene Henderson, Russ Manning Award, 150 S. James, Orange, CA 92869. They can be also e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be in the hands of the award committee no later than May 10.
If the artist’s work is a small press run or not widely circulated, it would be advisable to include a sample of his or her work. (Last year several entries had to be dropped due to lack of work samples.) Unpublished material will be not considered. A sample of the artist’s pencil work would be helpful if the finished work has been inked by another artist.â€¨
All submissions will be reviewed by a committee consisting of artists and others knowledgeable in the comics field, who will select the five finalists. The winner will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of comics professionals, including prior Manning Award winners and Russ Manning’s former assistants. Finalists must be prepared to submit 22 copies of their work for consideration by the judges.
The winner of the award will be announced during the Eisner Awards on July 25 at Comic-Con International: San Diego. More information about the Manning Awards can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_manning.shtmlâ€¨