Oni Press is holding a “talent search” in lieu of portfolio reviews at the San Diego Comic Con. The rules are fairly simple — if you want Oni to review your art, they’ve provided five-page scripts from three writers for artists to illustrate and bring to the con. Artists can also mail their entries to Oni.
For more information, check out the press release after the jump. While the contest is definitely geared toward artists, there’s a small benefit for writers, too — three script samples from three professional comic writers, which are linked after the jump.
In past years the Oni Press Talent Search has been a terrific success, and this year we’re excited to continue our search for up and coming artists at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California July 22nd – 27th, and through the mail until August 15th.
In order to have your portfolio reviewed, you must illustrate at least one of the below stories. Realizing that different artists are geared towards different subject matter, three professional writers have each developed a five-page script, using a different genre and showcasing a different personal scripting style.
- Supernatural comedy titled Our Hero by Philip Gelatt, writer of Labor Days, and Indiana Jones Adventures.
- Espionage thriller titled Cold City by Antony Johnson, writer of Wasteland and the Dead Space video game series.
- Western drama titled Medicine Show by Frank Beaton, writer of various short stories appearing in This is a Souvenir, Outlaw Territory, 24/Seven and others.
At San Diego Comic-Con we will be conducting the Oni Press Talent Search in lieu of portfolio reviews. In order to guarantee a portfolio review appointment with an Oni editor during regular convention hours you will need to illustrate one or more of the three scripts provided. In addition to presenting the original art at the review session, interested parties must also bring with them 8 ½”x11″ photocopies of both penciled art and inked art for Oni Press to keep as reference. Each photocopied page should include the artist’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. The samples are preferred in a manila envelope that also includes the artist’s name and contact information in the address line.
Not attending Comic-Con? While Oni Press DOES NOT accept unsolicited submissions, we will accept Oni Press Talent Search submissions postmarked before August 15th, 2009 and mailed to:
ONI PRESS TALENT SEARCH 2009
1305 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Mailed submissions should be submitted in a manila envelope and include 8 ½”x11″ photocopies of both penciled art and inked art for Oni Press to keep as reference. Each photocopied page should include the artist’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. Submitters will get an e-mail response from Oni Press in three to six months.
If you have any questions concerning Oni Press Talent Search 2009, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest and good luck!
Assistant Editor and Talent Search Coordinator
Oni Press will not be reviewing portfolios of individuals who have not followed the above guidelines in person or via mail.
Please do not mail us your original ideas or project proposals! Oni Press does not accept unsolicited submissions, except at conventions and only as leave-behind materials. Leave-behind materials should be no larger than 8 ½”x11″ and should include all pertinent contact information, overview, sample script, and sample sequential art in a manila envelope with clearly printed contact information in the address line. Writers may submit without art. Leave-behind materials will not be reviewed on site, but all leave-behind materials will be reviewed upon returning to the Oni offices. Within 3-6 months an editor from Oni Press will contact you regarding your work.