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Comic-Con International 2014 Souvenir Book Call for Submissions


The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a keepsake full-color trade paperback given to 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.

As in previous years, Comic-Con is soliciting articles and artwork from professionals and fans alike, based on the anniversaries we’re celebrating this year (see below for a current listing). This is your chance to submit something for consideration in the book!

The deadline for contributions is April 25, 2014. All art should be in color for this year’s book. For complete information on how to contribute, including file formats and technical information, please see the section below marked “How to Submit.”

You can send your submissions (15 MB and below in size, please) to us via email address: Please send all submissions to that address, or follow the instructions below to mail your art or article to our offices.

Important Note: This year, all submissions MUST include a filled-out Submissions Form to be considered. Click here to download the Submissions Form PDF. See below for more details. Please open the form in ACROBAT, fill it out, and save it before you send it. Do NOT open it in Preview on your computer. It must be opened in Acrobat and filled out in that application. To download Adobe Acrobat, please click here. It's a free download from Adobe.

Comic-Con International Souvenir Book

Art ™ & © DC Comics

Comic-Con International 2013 Souvenir Book Cover

The 2013 edition's cover was created exclusively for Comic-Con by special guest Dave McKean, and celebrated the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series. The fan-favorite series started in late 1988 with its first story arc drawn by Sam Kieth, with numerous artists to follow in its 75-issue run. Besides Gaiman, one other constant throughout the series was cover artist Dave McKean, who created beautiful, ethereal images through painting, collage, and construction that set the tone for the story inside. Dave’s style of cover art was unseen in the world of comics up to that point.

Batman 75th Anniversary

TM & © DC Comics

75th Anniversary of Batman

The comics industry was exploding in 1939. Following the success of Superman, publishers rushed to get out the next big superhero. It was National (DC Comics) who struck gold first with Batman. Created by Bob Kane (with major contributions from Bill Finger), the Caped Crusader debuted in Detective Comics #27, cover-dated May 1939. Batman, soon to be aided and abetted by Robin, the Boy Wonder (suggested by the great cartoonist, Jerry Robinson, who also added considerably to the Bat-mythos), became one of the world’s most recognizable heroes, in comics, TV and movies. In addition, it’s also the 50th anniversary of the “New Look” Batman, brought about by editor Julie Schwartz in 1964, and the 25th anniversary of the first Batman movie by director Tim Burton in 1989!

Marvel Comics 75th Anniversary

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75th Anniversary of Marvel Comics

Martin Goodman’s publishing empire stretches back into the pulp magazine-filled 1930s, but in 1939, Goodman launched his first comic book title, Marvel Comics. Retitled Marvel Mystery Comics with issue #2, the first issue featured the original Human Torch (by Carl Burgos) and the Sub-Mariner (by Bill Everett), arguably the first anti-hero in comics. While the Marvel Comics we all know and love started with the birth of the Fantastic Four in 1961, Goodman’s Timely Comics (and later Atlas Comics in the 1950s) has remained a comics industry constant for three-quarters of a century.

Daredevil 50th Anniversary

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50th Anniversary of Daredevil

The last of the first great round of books from the “House of Ideas” (Marvel Comics) in the 1960s, Daredevil, created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett (with an assist by Jack Kirby), debuted in 1964. The ongoing saga of a blind superhero whose heightened senses more than make up for his disability, Daredevil has gone through a number of revitalizations, keeping him one of the most popular characters in comics.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)

© Eastman & Laird

30th Anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In May of 1984, two young men debuted their new comics series at a small comics convention in New Hampshire. They printed 3,000 copies of their black and white book. The two men were Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and the series was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which jumpstarted the indie comics scene. In the past 30 years, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael—the Turtles themselves—have gone on to become a media sensation, including comics, cartoons, toys, books, and big screen movies.

Usagi Yojimbo 30th Anniversary

TM & © 2014 Stan Sakai

30th Anniversary of Usagi Yojimbo

Stan Sakai’s beloved ronin rabbit (Usagi Yojimbo translates to “rabbit bodyguard”) continues his adventures 30 years after he was first published. Sakai’s attention to historical detail—along with his wonderful art style—is legendary and has garnered a legion of fans and awards, including four Eisner Awards. Starting in 1984 in Albedo Anthropomorphics, the character moved to Fantagraphics where he first appeared in their animal anthology, Critters, and then graduated to his own title. Sakai’s creator-owned book was also published by Mirage and then moved to Dark Horse, where he’s prospered ever since, and is closing in on issue #150!

Hellboy 20th Anniversary

TM & © 2014 Michael Mignola

20th Anniversary of Hellboy

Mike Mignola’s big red demon launched in 1994 with the Dark Horse mini series Seed of Destruction. Since then, Hellboy has gone on to inspire his own universe, including B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, Sledgehammer 44, and even Itty Bitty Hellboy! Mignola’s creator-owned character has appeared in two movies directed by Guillermo del Toro and his own animated series.


Please open the form in ACROBAT, fill it out, and save it before you send it. Do NOT open it in Preview on your computer. It must be opened in Acrobat and filled out in that application. To download Adobe Acrobat, please click here. It's free.

We’re looking for quality articles and art submissions for the 2014 Souvenir Book.

Please note that due to space limitations, not all submissions can be featured in the book. Submitting an article or a piece of art is not a guarantee that it will be used.

If your article or art is accepted, we’ll send you a FREE copy of the 2014 Souvenir Book (whether you attend Comic-Con or not).

The deadline for submissions is APRIL 25, 2014.

Due to the high volume of submissions each year and to be fair to those who submitted early, nothing will be accepted after 11:59 PM on that date.


Please read these guidelines CAREFULLY before submitting art and articles. Some changes have been made from previous years. PLEASE NOTE: YOUR SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE THE FORM ON PAGE 1 OF THIS PDF. Please download and fill it out and email it WITH your art or article submission. (It’s a modifiable PDF; you can type right on it.)


Articles must relate to the above-mentioned anniversaries and should be in the 1,000–1,500 word range. All articles should be of a historical, nonfiction nature. We cannot accept fictional stories about the characters being celebrated or other topics. Please email your submissions to in Word format (.doc or .docx formats). Include a short (50 words or less) bio at the end of the article. Do not include any email, Twitter, or website addresses in the bio.


1. Artwork must relate to this year’s anniversaries. Artwork should be no larger than 7” wide x 9” tall. We prefer COLOR art. We do NOT accept photos.

2. Please send art submissions as electronic files. For all art submissions, we prefer an electronic file to ensure that your art maintains the color look you intended.

3. We can no longer accept multiple submissions for the same anniversary. Please send only ONE piece of art or ONE article for the anniversaries of your choice. For example, if you choose Batman’s 75th and Hellboy’s 25th, send one piece of art and/or one article only for each anniversary.

4. PDF is the preferred file format. If you’re sending an electronic image, it should be a 300 dpi color (CMYK) PDF, TIF, or JPG. If it’s a TIF file, please make sure all layers are flattened. If it’s a PDF file, embed all fonts. WE PREFER PDF FILES, PLEASE.

5. We prefer emailed files. Please email your art or articles to:

6. When signing your name on your art, do not include your email address, website URLs, Twitter or Facebook information, or any info that will allow readers to contact you directly. Any piece of art with this information on it will immediately be disqualified from consideration.

7. Please do NOT include a copyright notice on your art. Comic-Con will print the proper copyright notice below or near each piece of art used. While the artwork itself is copyrighted by the artist, we will include a copyright notice for the characters the artwork portrays.

8. Please do not combine characters from different companies. For example, we cannot use art that includes Batman with the Avengers or other companies’ characters (however, characters from the same company, such as the Avengers, X-Men, and Dr. Strange together, are fine).

9. Please do not include your own characters or congratulatory messages that advertise your company. The art should be a tribute to the anniversaries being celebrated, not an advertisement for your own properties.

10. No nudity, adult situations, or profanity will be accepted. The Souvenir Book is given free to all attendees (while supplies last) and is intended for an all-ages audience.

11. Mailing artwork. If you’re not emailing an electronic file, please send only high-quality printouts. Do not send your original art. Please print your name and city/state/country (if not U.S.), as you would like it to appear in the Souvenir Book, on the back of your submission and mail to the address listed below. ALL MAIL SUBMISSIONS MUST ALSO INCLUDE THE FILLED-OUT SUBMISSIONS FORM. If you submitted your art via email, PLEASE DO NOT SEND A BACK-UP VIA MAIL.

Comic-Con International 2014 Souvenir Book Submissions
P.O. Box 128458
San Diego, CA 92112-8458

All mailed submissions must be postmarked by April 25, 2014.