8 Page Challenge #1 Press Release

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020


Comic Book School Issues 8-Page Challenge for Aspiring Pros

  • Comic book creators to make 8-page comics stories for new anthology to be released at New York Comic Con 2020
  • Creators invited to join new comicbookschool.com for education, support, and community
  • The forums will allow creators to network and interact at a time when many conventions are being postponed or cancelled due to social-distancing mandates.

MARCH 29—Buddy Scalera, Editor in Chief and Dean of Students at Comic Book School, has challenged members of the comics community to create 8-page comics for a new anthology to be released at New York Comic Con.

Creators who accept the challenge will be guided through the process of creating a comic—from start to finish—by following a professional project plan and schedule co-created by Comic Book School and After Shock Comics Editor in Chief, Mike Marts.

In addition, they will find support, additional educational resources, and a like-minded community on the forums. The resources are free to anyone who joins the creator community by signing up for the forums at create.comicbookschool.com.

“Every year, aspiring creators leave our educational panels with so much enthusiasm,” Scalera said. “We wanted to create something that not only allows them to sustain that enthusiasm, but also to build on it and sustain their momentum throughout the year. The 8-Page Challenge helps our community members do this and to achieve their goals to create and publish comics.”

“Meeting Buddy and the rest of this budding community of comics creators at New York Comic Con really motivated me to start new projects,” said Erin Donnalley, a comics creator and professional motion graphics animator. “This challenge gives me clearly defined guidelines I can use to channel my ideas into an end product, something I can produce with confidence. It was just what I needed to kickstart this new creative endeavor.”

Donnalley, Scalera, and Marts collaborated on an editorial schedule to which users can subscribe, so they keep pace with the rest of the community. When they participate, they can follow along with a plan that will get them from concept to creation in time for New York Comic Con.

Comic Book School is planning a panel for this year’s New York Comic Con where it will announce its plans for crowdfunding, publishing, and distributing the anthology, both online and in print. Creators who successfully complete the challenge will also have the opportunity to present their work. The panel will be part of Comic Book School’s annual slate, which includes Creator Connection, Comics Script To Page, and Social Media for Comics Creators.

The 8 Page Challenge is the first initiative for the new create.comicbookschool.com forums. The forums, which are housed on the Comic Book School website will be the new home for the Comic Book School creator community throughout the year. They are designed to foster community and collaboration, allowing members to build connections, interact with and support one another, access educational resources, and share news and accomplishments.

“I’ve been participating in Comic Book School panels for many years and I am proud to be the first professional advisor for this innovative educational program for the next wave of creators,” says Marts. “At AfterShock, we’re always looking for new talent, and this gives me the opportunity to see how these creators work together.”

The challenge will be open to writers, editors, pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers, and cover artists. There is no cost to participate, nor is there any payment for publication. Creators retain the rights to their characters and creations.

Forum members will have direct access to Comic Book School resources, and will receive support, not only from Comic Book School forum members, but also from professional creators within of the Comic Book School network. As with his panels, Buddy will bring in pros with whom he has become friends through his work at Comic Book School, Marvel, and Wizard Magazine.

The forums “maintain Comic Book School’s commitment to quality education and community knowledge exchange,” Scalera said.

Like all of Comic Book School’s resources, including the list of comics publishers’ submission guidelines, newsletter, and blog, the forums will be free of charge.

“We are not trying to sell anything,” Scalera added. “We are just trying to connect and creators and help them keep their momentum going.”

The forums also provide a critical resource for creators during these uncertain times of mandated social isolation. With many conventions being cancelled or postponed, there are fewer opportunities for creators to meet and network, which is essential in a field that depends on collaboration and relationships. The create.comicbookschool.com forums help bridge that gap by providing a safe, open, online platform in which these interactions can take place.

“All the people in this new making comics community are supportive and insightful,” Donnalley said. “I enjoy talking to each and every one, and we all help each other stay motivated to make comics and advance our different aspirations.”

Comics creators are encouraged to join the 8-Page Challenge and the forums by signing up for a profile at create.comicbookschool.com.

For more information, contact Buddy Scalera at buddy@comicbookschool.com.


8-Page Challenge – Starting Page – Read Me First

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

Working on the rules now. Stay tuned.

-Buddy Scalera

Ok, Hello all!

This is the basics of the 8-page challenge. 
– All other information about the challenge will be updated in the forum, as the challenge continues, (here: http://create.comicbookschool.com/forums/topic/intro-schedule-guidelines-coming-soon/ ).

The Schedule starts on April 1, 2020. The goal is to have a comic book 8-10 pages in length completed and ready to publish by Sept. 21, 2020. This will give us time to have all the sumbitions complete and ready to show at New York Comic Con 2020 (#NYCC2020). This means as story with characters written, drawn, inked, colored, and lettered, and laid out in a standard format.

– You can make the comic on your own or with others, there is already a board set up to meet with other like minded individuals in order to find writers to draw for, or artists to write for, ink, letter, etc. (here: http://create.comicbookschool.com/forums/topic/8-page-team-ups/ )
– Buddy would like to collect these in an anthology and publish them as a low cost book (1.00$ – 2.00$) on his Comixology page. (Maybe that will help with some of the cost that is going into the community.)
– Currently there is no expectation to have these printed but the option is there for those who want it, we’ll explore options for this is the fall.
– If you have any questions please post to the forums, or attend the monthly online video meet-ups.

The Process:
Buddy has published several books on this subject, so I will let him weight in. 😉 But to be brief:

Story / Plot / Thumbnails / Roughs / Drawings / Ink / Color / Lettering / Final Revisions
– Print or Publish.

  1. The Writer will be responsible for the story and plot as well as review any lettering and dialog as the comic moves into the artistic stages.
  2. The Artist is responsible for the character and story visuals, which include all the ‘drawing stages’.
  3. After the book is laid out the Inker, Colorist and Letter each continue to add to the comic. And an editor usually reviews each stage and helps keep things on track.
  4. Publishing – more on this later.
  5. Keep in mind with this challenge some of these jobs maybe done by one person, some people might do the challenge on their own and will be responsible for multiple functions.

The Vocab for clarification:
Story – Basic idea, or outline of the storyline, who are the characters, where, and what happens to them, how & why?

Plot – a written document (usually formated with panel and page separations) of the entire comic, with any dialog, and visual descriptions of what happens.

Thumbnails – This is a small drawing with very little detail, usually just to block out basic character shapes and visual que to review with the writer and editor before actual full sized drawings are made.

Roughs – Full sized drawing that with very little detail to flush out the overall look and action in each panel.

Drawings – This is the actual full sized, full detail drawing of the panels and pages.

Ink – This stage of the process involves the traditional ink and shading stages of the drawings.

Lettering – This is the stage in the process where all the dialog, thought, narration and readable content will be added.

I will leave this open for Buddy to edit as he see’s fit. – Erin (Aka Redheadeded)

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