Announced at the Image Expo today, Image Comics and Iron Circus Comics, along with Charlie Adlard, Jordie Bellaire, David Brothers, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Dragotta, Leila del Duca, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Joe Keatinge, Robert Kirkman, Jamie McKelvie, Rick Remender, Declan Shalvey, Fiona Staples, Eric Stephenson, C. Spike Trotman, and Brian K. Vaughan, have established Creators for Creators, a grant program that will give one single creator or creative team $30,000 to create a single graphic novel over the course of a year. This is huge for comics creators, who often work for insultingly low page rates, unless they're working for BOOM!, in which case they're paid entirely in coupons for 50% off at CiCi's Pizza Buffet. In addition to the money, the recipient or recipients of the grant will also be mentored by creators involved with the project, with pearls of wisdom such as "get a TV deal with AMC and then buy up all the available real estate in Kentucky" from creators like Robert Kirkman expected to be great advice for a young cartoonist's career.
The recipient of the grant will be selected by what the webpage is calling "rigorous criteria," but The Outhouse has obtained EXXXCLUSIVE footage of the selection process in action:
Here's a bunch of stuff we copied and pasted from the website:
Creators for Creators is an independent non-profit intended to encourage, support, and promote original works through grants and education. The grant is a work in progress that will evolve to fit the needs of the recipient and the industry at large.
Comic books are one of the most vibrant art forms in the world, and it is important that creators both know their worth and have the freedom to create.
The goal of the Creators for Creators grant is to help pave the way for the next generation of comics creators by supporting their work financially and through mentorship, as well as providing opportunities for their creations to reach a wide audience. We plan to give $30,000 to a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee according to rigorous criteria.
In addition to the monetary support, the recipient of the grant will have access to mentorship from the experienced creators involved with Creators for Creators. Mentorship will cover almost every aspect of the comic-creating experience. The goal is to give the recipient a firm foundation in the creative, business, legal, and financial areas of the comics business.
The recipient has total control over how and where they choose to publish their work once it is completed, whether they choose to submit it to a creator-owned publisher or release it themselves in any format. Iron Circus Comics and Image Comics have both pledged to support the recipient by publishing their work, if the recipient so chooses. No matter their choice, the recipient retains all rights to their work.
Finally, CreatorsforCreators.org will become a resource for the comics industry intended to educate creators by way of testimonials, advice, and more from established creators.
Applicants for the grant must be eighteen years of age. Submission guidelines and applications will be available on May 1st, 2016.
The Creators for Creators grant was founded by Charlie Adlard, Jordie Bellaire, David Brothers, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Dragotta, Leila del Duca, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Joe Keatinge, Robert Kirkman, Jamie McKelvie, Rick Remender, Declan Shalvey, Fiona Staples, Eric Stephenson, C. Spike Trotman, and Brian K. Vaughan.