Submissions for this year's Souvenir Book are now CLOSED. The deadline was Friday, April 17, 2015. We are no longer accepting art and article submissions.
Comic-Con International 2015 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions
The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a keepsake full-color trade paperback given FREE to all attendees (while supplies last). The book features bios and photos of each year's special guests, plus articles and art created by fans and pros devoted to our anniversary celebrations. It also functions as a kind of "Yearbook" for the show, featuring Eisner Award winners from the past year and current nominees, Hall of Fame inductees, and tributes to those popular arts creators who have passed away in the previous year. (The 2015 Souvenir Book, shown here, features an exclusive cover by artist and Comic-Con 2015 Special Guest Michael Cho, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner's The Spirit!)
As in previous years, Comic-Con solicited articles and artwork from professionals and fans alike, based on the anniversaries we’re celebrating this year (see below for the list). For those who submitted art and articles, Comic-Con cannot confirm whether or not your submission will be in the book. If your work was chose, you will receive a copy of the Souvenir Book in the mail, sometime after Comic-Con 2015. Thank you for your submissions!
2015 Anniversary Celebrations
75th Anniversary of Will Eisner’s The Spirit
Will Eisner was present at the birth of the American comic book industry and in 1940 he left behind his Eisner-Iger Studio to embark on a new project: a comic book-sized supplement for Sunday newspapers. His creation, The Spirit, had a following of over 5 million readers at the height of its circulation, but even more so, the adventures of Denny Colt, Commissioner Dolan, et al have gone on to be not only one of the great comic creations, but also one of the greatest inspirations of the comics medium. After he returned from serving in World War II, Eisner embarked on a WEEKLY journey of some of the most amazing storytelling in comics, then or now. His evocative splash pages with their innovative title treatments, his pathos-filled stories laced with just the right amount of humor, his cinematic storytelling, and his smart and sexy characters set the bar high for comics creators. Eisner’s The Spirit lived on after it ended in 1952 with new stories and reprints from Harvey Comics, Warren Publications, Kitchen Sink Press, DC Comics, and now Dynamite Comics. After The Spirit, Eisner created an incredible series of graphic novels, sealing his reputation as a master of comic art.
75th Anniversary of Robin, The Joker, and Catwoman
Batman didn’t fight crime alone after his 1939 debut: Robin, the Boy Wonder joined him in 1940 and together the two Caped Crusaders fought their first major villains: The Joker and Catwoman (aka The Cat). All three characters went on to survive (and more than occasionally die) over the next 75 years, becoming more and more popular as time went on. Robin is on his fifth or sixth incarnation (depending on whether or not you count “future Robins,” such as Carrie Kelly), and has spawned a whole team of superheroes: Nightwing, Red Hood, and Red Robin. The Joker continues to be Batman’s major adversary. Catwoman’s love/hate relationship with the Dark Knight seemingly changes from day to day. What Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson created long ago in 1940 has withstood the test of time, living on in comics, books, movies, television, animation, toys, action figures, and just about all of pop culture.
75th Anniversary of Shazam!, the Original Captain Marvel
With one magic word, Billy Batson became Captain Marvel. The wizard Shazam gave young Billy the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury, all just by saying his name. In a flash of lightning, Billy was transformed and so was the young comics industry, with an amazing run of comics story filled with whimsy, thrills and adventure. Captain Marvel was joined by a whole Marvel Family: Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel, Uncle Marvel, the Lieutenant Marvels, and even Hoppy, the Marvel Bunny. Writers Otto Binder and Ed Herron, along with artists C.C. Beck, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Pete Costanza, played along with Captain Marvel for years, creating the immensely charming world in which Billy Batson and friends lived. In 1953, the original Captain finally succumbed to a lawsuit from National, ending the Superman-Captain Marvel rivalry. Years later, DC picked up the rights to the character, which it has been publishing as Shazam! since 1973. But rarely has one comic book character been so popular as Captain Marvel was in the 1940s.
75th Anniversary of the First DC Comics Heroes
1940 was the year of the super-hero, especially at the nascent DC Comics (then known as National Comics, later National Periodical Publications). That year saw the birth of numerous new costumed characters who are still active in DC’s pages today. Superman and Batman opened the door for The Flash (undergoing a new renaissance with his popular new CW TV show), Green Lantern, Hawkman, The Atom, The Spectre, Hourman, and Doctor Fate, who all got their start in 1940 and merged together to form the Justice Society of America, the first ever superhero team. While most of these heroes have been rebooted numerous times over the past 75 years, their initial creations in 1940 formed the basis for a group of characters that have had everlasting appeal.
50th Anniversary of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sergeant Nicholas J. Fury had been a part of the Marvel Universe since he and his Howling Commandos debuted in their own World War II comic in 1963. But in 1965 co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought Fury full-blown into the 007- and U.N.C.L.E.-influenced swinging sixties with Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, debuting in Strange Tales #135. Sporting an eye patch and his ever-present stogie, Fury embarked on a series of spy vs. spy adventures, fighting the hordes of Hydra. The series reached its ‘60s zenith when Jim Steranko signed on to both write and draw Fury, bringing a whole new look and style of storytelling to comics. While Steranko only worked on the series for a few years (19 issues of Strange Tales, 4 issues and 7 covers for Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, plus a few later covers for reprint editions), both the writer/artist and the character are forever linked in fans’ minds. Fury went on to be reincarnated by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch in The Ultimates as a character who looked just like actor Samuel L. Jackson. Life imitated art and Nick Fury made it to the big screen in the Marvel movies; his spy organization continues to thrill each week on ABC with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
50th Anniversary of The Inhumans
The Marvel Age of Comics was in full swing in 1965 and all the company’s creators were at their peak. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby co-created an entirely new super-team to appear in its own book, but Marvel’s distribution contract at the time would not allow them to distribute additional books and The Inhumans made their debut in the pages of the Fantastic Four (issue #44 to be exact, with the introduction of Gorgon, cover-dated Nov. 1965). While the full cast of characters—Black Bolt, Crystal, Triton, Karnak, Maximus the Mad, and the coolest dog in comics, Lockjaw (along with the previously introduced Medusa and Gorgon)—took a few issues until they finally appeared together, it was obvious that Lee and Kirby had created another group of superheroes for the ages. The Inhumans have been an integral part of the Marvel Universe ever since, with Inhumans-like characters appearing on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV, and a movie looming on the horizon in 2019.