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UPDATE (5th Feburary 2015): this post was to be released on the day that the Submission window opened on the 26th January, by this website – due to a technical issue, this didn’t happen. An Englishman In San Diego apologises for the delay in this information and we hope it doesn’t affect your timetable unduly, if you were intending to enter an essay or artwork this year.


logo - comic-con thumbnail (distressed)Each and every attendee of the San Diego Comic-Con event gets a complementary copy of the Comic-Con Souvenir Guide, a paperback book which features articles, essays and profiles of the special guests and the various anniversary celebrations which are embraced during the course of the event – in 2014, the book went to a keep-sake prestige format with high quality paper and cover, reflecting the collectible nature that these books have now gained with fans of SDCC. An incredible Batman cover, drawn and inked by Jim Lee with color art by Alex Sinclair, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader didn’t hurt, either!


Now, the application period for the 2015 Souvenir Guide is now open for entries for consideration, between now and the deadline date which is 17th April 2015, taking in art pieces and essays covering this years anniversaries, including Will Eisner’s The Spirit – 2015 also honours the first appearances of Batman characters Robin, The Joker and Catwoman, along with a number of heroes that went on to form the Justice Society of America, the first ever superhero team for DC Comics, along with recognising the first appearances of Shazam! (the original Captain Marvel) and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury for Marvel Comics. A lot to celebrate!

Anyone can submit a piece of work but only space means that not every thing that is sent in will appear in the book – only the best and most worthy pieces will appear in the Guide, something which is quite the feather in anyone’s cap. If you’re thinking of sending something in, all the very best of luck!

From the Comic-Con International Souvenir Guide submission guideline post update:

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 […]

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 17, 2015. All art should be in color. 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: ccisouvbook@comic-con.org. Please send all submissions to that address, or follow the instructions below to mail your art or article to our offices.

Please note: We prefer emailed submissions. We cannot accept fiction and photos. We are looking for historical articles and art pertaining to our anniversary celebrations only.

Important Note: This year, all submissions MUST include a filled-out Submissions Form to be considered. Click here to download the 2015 Comic-Con International Souvenir Book Submissions PDF. See below for more details.

2015 Anniversary Celebrations

Will Eisner's The Spirit 75th Anniversary

© Will Eisner Studios, Inc.

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.

Robin, The Joker, and Catwoman 75th Anniversary

TM & © 2015 DC Comics

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.

Shazam! The Original Captain Marvel 75th Anniversary

TM & © 2015 DC Comics

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.

Justice Society of America 75th Anniversary

TM & © 2015 DC Comics

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.

Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary

TM & © 2015 Marvel Characters, Inc.

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.


You must include a filled-out submissions form with your art or article. Click here to download the 2015 Comic-Con International Souvenir Book Submissions PDF.

We’re looking for quality articles and art submissions for the 2015 Souvenir Book. All submissions MUST pertain to our anniversary celebrations. We are not able to except art and articles about anything else.

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 2015 Souvenir Book (whether you attend Comic-Con or not).

The deadline for submissions is APRIL 17, 2015.

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.

Guidelines for Submitting Art and Articles

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 OUR SUBMISSIONS 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.) IMPORTANT: To properly fill out the PDF, open it in Adobe Acrobat, fill it out there, and save it from there. To get Adobe Acrobat, please click here.

Click here to download the 2015 Comic-Con International Souvenir Book Submissions PDF.


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 ccisouvbook@comic-con.org 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 Robin’s 75th and Nick Fury’s 50th, send one piece of art and/or one article 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: ccisouvbook@comic-con.org

6. When signing your name on your art, do not include your email address, website URLs, or social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr) information, or any info that will allow readers to contact you directly. Any piece of art with this information on it will be immediately 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 Catwoman with Nick Fury or other companies’ characters (however, characters from the same company, such as the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman 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 or company.

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 sending 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 2015 Souvenir Book Submissions, P.O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112-8458 (All mailed submissions must be postmarked by April 17, 2015.)

Email submissions WITH A FILLED-OUT SUBMISSION FORM to: ccisouvbook@comic-con.org

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