Social Justice Comics Contest

Can YOU create a comic about social justice through non-violence? What story would YOU tell through words and images about racism, gender discrimination, bullying, or any social injustice?

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, the National Book Awards winners for the graphic novel trilogy March, are coming to Ann Arbor September 21, 2017! In honor of their visit, we invite you to create your own social justice comic. By participating, you can win awesome prizes (see below). Also, all contestants will have the chance to meet the great Nate Powell! And maybe you and your comic can help change the world, too!

Submission Guidelines

  • Create your own comic with a maximum length of 5 pages, including the cover page.
  • Your comic should deal with a social justice issue and ideally non-violence.
  • Each submission must be the creative and original work of the contestant(s).
  • Computer-generated images are allowed as long as they are your original work (no clip art).
  • Submit your comic in TWO formats: as a PDF (for the judges) and a JPEG file (for display purposes). Highly recommended: 300dpi resolution and CMYK color profile.
  • Submit your comic through this online portal by Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Judging Criteria: Entries will be judged on their use of the theme social justice, overall story, creativity and illustrations.

Prizes for each age group: 1st prize $100 gift certificate to Vault of Midnight, 2nd prize $50 gift certificate, 3rd prize $25 gift certificate. Winning comics will be displayed in the Michigan Theater foyer during the keynote event AND published in the Vault of Midnight’s new magazine.

  • Ages 14 and under
  • Ages 15-18
  • Adults 19 and older

Comics are POWerful!!! Did you know . . .?
The 10¢ comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (1957)

  • played an important role as a primer on nonviolent resistance in the civil rights movement
  • inspired nonviolent protests in Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East
  • inspired the graphic novel trilogy March, which has received numerous prestigious awards, including the 2016 National Book Award.
Exciting Opportunities to Meet March Illustrator Nate Powell
  • Q&A with Nate Powell: This is an exclusive event for all contestants in the social justice comics contest. (4-5:30pm, Wednesday, September 20, Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI)
  • “Comics as a Social Justice Medium” Presentation: This talk by Nate Powell is free and open to the public. (5:30-7pm, Wednesday, September 20, Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI)
  • March Book-Signing: All are welcome to come have their copy of March signed by Nate Powell! (7:15-8:15pm, Wednesday, September 20, Vault of Midnight, 219 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI)

Click HERE to download the Social Justice Comics Contest flyer.