Local comic publisher and Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival donor Pop! Goes the Icon is actively looking for Las Vegas-based comic book artists to be featured in the next edition of its popular “Tales From” series, created to benefit the Comic Book Festival. All professional and amateur illustrators who reside in Southern Nevada are encouraged to submit their portfolios for consideration.
“Tales from Lost Vegas” tells the story of three friends who discover strengths they never knew existed as they face strange characters and terrifying perils inside a secret city buried beneath the streets of Las Vegas. Written by Ed Hawkins, who also developed the concept behind 2011’s “Tales from Fremont Street,” “Tales from Lost Vegas” will be the first full-color entry in the series, which since 2010 has raised more than $2,500 for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation in support of the Comic Book Festival. “Lost Vegas” will debut at this year’s festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2.
To be considered for inclusion for this comic, artists must submit five to 10 pages of sequential art pages (not just pin-ups or sketches) demonstrating their ability to tell a story through pictures. All styles and media are welcome, but all submissions must be submitted digitally via email to editor @ popgoestheicon.com. Each artist selected will be assigned to illustrate one chapter from the book, and must be able to draw 6 to 10 pages from a script. An honorarium of $200 will be awarded to each artist participating. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 28.
Pop! Goes the Icon will also be hosting an in-person, open portfolio review on Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. inside Alternate Reality Comics (4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8). Interested artists should bring a portfolio containing samples of sequential storytelling to be reviewed on the spot by “Tales” editor Pj Perez.