Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge 2021

Third annual comic book creation challenge seeks storytellers
May 7 - Aug. 31, 2021

Registration Form
Printed forms are also available at the library's First Floor Service Desk.

For the third year, the Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge is asking community members to embark on a creative quest.

The annual competition honors the late Oshkosh native who drew and edited numerous volumes for comic giant Marvel from 1978-1996, including Captain America. Gruenwald served as Marvel’s executive editor from 1987 until his death in 1996.

Here's what you need to know to get started:

1. Individuals and/or teams are asked to create an original comic which will be judged on originality, artwork, story, and character development. Extra points will be added for a character/story that addresses the theme of adversity.

2. Participants receive a free art kit loaded with supplies. Check the library's Events Calendar for times, dates and locations for kit giveaways.

3. The project is the brainchild of Jon Doemel, owner of Zaroni’s Pizza; Scott Dercks, owner of House of Heroes Comics + Games; and the Winnebago Area Literacy Council. Other supporters include the Oshkosh Public Library and US Venture.

4. According to organizers, the comic book challenge promotes literacy by creating an event for everyone.

5. Creators compete in several age categories, with a separate category for families.

Need more information?
Join the Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge group on Facebook for contest rules, age categories, and announcements on prizes and celebration plans.

Check out 2020's winners on YouTube!