While not exclusively related to Oregon, we share this Call for Proposals, hoping that many Oregon cartoonists will contribute to this project.
Call for Proposals: Accessible Comics Design Competition!
Following two public forums on Comics for Blind and Low Vision Readers, SF State’s Accessible Comics Collective seeks proposals from individuals or teams to produce comics in accessible formats. We welcome submissions that:
- Adapt a traditional comic into an accessible version for blind and low vision readers, either from an existing comic or one created for the purpose of this charrette; or
- Produce a new comic that is “born accessible.”
Recognizing that no one size fits all, applicants may consider multiple approaches to accessibility such as but not limited to:
- Physical and/or digital media that promote nonvisual engagement;
- Multimodal interactions via audio, tactile, and/or haptic approaches;
- Other technological innovations.
We see these projects as demonstrations to the comics industry of the possibilities for making comics accessible, and spurring further innovation and widespread integration of accessible comics.
Comics must be at least six pages in length (or of comparable scope, as we recognize that some formats may not correspond to traditional page formats), with inclusion of at least one Blind/Low Vision member on the design team (if you need assistance connecting to the blind community, please reach out to us for help – we will help with matchmaking). Along with new projects, we are open to existing projects currently in the prototype stage. Proposals should include the following:
- Names and background of each team member;
- A brief statement articulating your interest and (if relevant) past experience in accessible media;
- A description of how the comic will be accessible (all in one form or created with an accessible accompaniment);
- Sample work from team members that demonstrates the feasibility of the project;
- A timeline and description of any particular resource needs.
While we understand that not all portions of your work will yet be made accessible, the proposal needs to be presented so that blind and low vision members of the selection committee can assess the quality of any work samples provided.
We encourage applicants to explore the video recordings from our Accessible Comics Symposium held in August 2021 for inspiration and guidance as your proposals take shape.
All projects will be shared publicly via an online program and displayed at SF State in late 2022 or 2023. We expect the exhibition will also travel to help bring awareness about the need for accessible comics and the diversity of approaches.
Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2022!!
Selected teams will be awarded a cash prize of $1500 to bring their piece to fruition.
Submit a Proposal with your Team Using This Google Form:
Authors will retain ownership and copyright of all submitted work. The Accessible Comics Collective retains rights to exhibit the work and use the works for the purpose of dissemination, publicizing our efforts, and community education in perpetuity.
- Catch up on the Comics Symposiums on the VI Program YouTube channel!
- Check out Nick’s resources for accessible comics and programming information:
Have questions? Please contact Nick Sousanis, firstname.lastname@example.org