On Wednesday, April 6th at Image Expo 2016, an announcement was made regarding something new rolling out in the comics industry, the Creators For Creators Grant. Designed to give money to new creators, creative teams and get established creators to mentor newcomers, the grant, which starts at $30,000, is intended to be a resource for the comics industry through educating creators via testimonials, professional advice, and a stronger emphasis on established creators mentoring the future artists of tomorrow.
The Creators for Creators grant was founded by industry-leading creators: Charlie Adlard, Jordie Bellaire, David Brothers, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Dragotta, Leila del Duca, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Joe Keatinge, Robert Kirkman, Jamie McKelvie, Rick Remender, Declan Shalvey, Fiona Staples, Eric Stephenson, C. Spike Trotman, and Brian K. Vaughan. The grant is also supported by two publishers: Image Comics and Iron Circus Comics, Chicago’s largest alternative comics publisher. Both publishers have pledged to support the recipient of the grant by publishing their work, if the recipient so chooses. No matter their choice, the recipient retains all rights to their work, has total control over how and where they choose to publish their work once it is completed, whether they choose to submit it to a creator-owned publisher or release it themselves in any format.
Creators for Creators will award the grant of $30,000 to a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee according to rigorous criteria.
In addition to the monetary support, the recipient of the grant will have access to mentorship from the experienced creators involved with Creators for Creators. Mentorship will cover almost every aspect of the comic-creating experience. The goal is to give the recipient a firm foundation in the creative, business, legal, and financial areas of the comics business.
The first submissions will open on May 1st. Applicants for the grant must be at least eighteen years old. Further submission guidelines and applications will both be available on May 1st, 2016.
If you are a publisher or creator who would like to support the grant, please email [email protected].
If you would like to apply for the grant, please email [email protected] after reading the Submissions page (available May 1st).
Iron Circus Comics: Iron Circus Comics is Chicago’s largest alternative comics publisher. Owned and operated by C. Spike Trotman, ICC was founded in the spring of 2007 to publish the print edition of Spike’s webcomic, the eccentric and acclaimed “Templar, Arizona.” It has since gone on to revitalize the small press world with collaborative anthologies like the Smut Peddler collections, “The Sleep of Reason,” and “New World,” as well as creator-owned works like EK Weaver’s “The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal” and Sophie Campbell’s “Shadoweyes.” Dedicated to publishing strange and amazing comics, amplifying unique voices, and giving artist a fair deal, ICC has blazed the trail for the small-press Kickstarter renaissance, inventing the now-standard creator bonus model and normalizing the pre-order project for small and mid-sized publishers.
Image Comics: Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit imagecomics.com.