Call for Comics Artists and Filmmakers

Karen Ganz, Listen IV, Ink and acrylic on paper, 1998
Karen Ganz, Listen IV, Ink and acrylic on paper, 1998

4Culture seeks visual storytellers to create a comic book and short film

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 24, 2013

1,478 tons of hazardous waste gathered from 46,298 residents and 583 businesses and schools last year: that’s the grand scale of King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP), representing a quantitative heap of individual stories.

Hazardous waste poses a danger not only to children or the garbage collector that might first come to mind, but to us all. We individually affect our shared air, water and soil with each use, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.

Public Art 4Culture is proud to further its partnership with LHWMP, the multi-jurisdictional program that provides information and services County-wide related to the reduction of hazardous waste. Today, we announce two artwork commission opportunities: a comic book and short film that will share some of the many stories related to this social issue, visually.

Washington-based comics artists and filmmakers, we want YOU.

Karen Ganz, Listen IV, Ink and acrylic on paper, 1998
Karen Ganz, Listen IV, Ink and acrylic on paper, 1998

4Culture and LHWMP are seeking two visual storytellers (one comics artist and one filmmaker) to each create a hybrid artist-designed public service announcement and art experience. The commissioned comic book and short film will explore hazardous materials as a social issue at the intersection of public health and environmental quality. And they will advance the conversation about the role art can play in fostering social change. Both artworks will be produced in English and also translated into Spanish, as part of LHWMP’s Spanish language initiative.

Each commissioned artist will be tasked with research and identification of a story or stories to tell and development of an artwork that shares the artist-generated narrative in a way that is both artful and informative. A variety of approaches are possible for each opportunity, including a range of possibilities for the comic book length and format. A run time of three minutes is a given for the short film, but its genre is open.

This is a great opportunity for Washington-based comics artists and filmmakers working in a variety of genres (including but not limited to mini-comic, comic book, zine, and graphic novel as we all as documentary, narrative, and animated film) to explore scientific and social issues and produce artwork that showcases the potency of their respective art medium. Artists with cultural and artistic connections to Spanish speaking communities in King County are encouraged to apply.

An artist fee of up to $15,000 is available for the comic book, and an up to $20,000 artist fee is available for the short film. More information and links to the online applications can be found here. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 24, 2013.

Please share this opportunity with artists who fit the bill, including those that may not typically apply for public art commissions. First time applicants are encouraged visit the Public Art 4Culture website to learn more about our program. All applicants are welcome to contact Tamar Benzikry-Stern with project or application-related questions, and are encouraged to do so well in advance of the deadline.