Create Birmingham announces monthly comic book competition

The comic book competition is coming to Birmingham. (Barton Perkins / Bham Now)

Create Birmingham, in partnership with CreativeHubs and The Birmingham Public Library, has just launched The Comic Strip Challenge. The challenge will be a monthly comic book contest and post for residents of Jefferson County to try to promote people’s interest in the creative industry. Read on for contest details.

Entry details

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Who doesn’t like comics? (Lauren Moore / Bham Now)
  • All applicants must reside or attend school in Jefferson County. Submissions are due the first Friday of every month by 11:59 a.m. CST.
  • Contest winners will have their work shared in the Create Birmingham newsletter and on social media.
  • The competition will be divided into three age groups: 8-12, 13-16 and 17+.
  • There is no entry fee required.
  • The winners will then be announced the third week of each month, with one winner for each of the three age groups.
  • Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100.

Access to Birmingham Public Library

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Birmingham Public Library – Central. (Libby Foster / Bham Now)

To ensure that everyone has the chance to enter the competition, Birmingham Public Library Central Branch will provide a free and accessible creative space for anyone who needs it. The space will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include services such as printing, scanning and internet access.

Visit the creative space at Birmingham Public Library Central Branch at 2100 Park Pl.

Online resources for artists

Many comic artists like to use programs like Photoshop. (Barton Perkins / Bham now)

There are many online resources that future comic book creators can familiarize themselves with, such as online forums. Some include Tapas and Reddit

For those looking to work with digital art, such programs, here are some paid programs:

There are also a number of free alternatives, including:

Paid and free programs are the industry standard for many comic book creators and are often employed by artists who have worked at big companies like DC, Marvel, and Image.

Tutorials for each of these programs can be found on sites such as youtube. Other resources that comic book creators could take advantage of are:

Are you as motivated as we are for this comic book contest? Give us a @Bham shoutout now!