What do hit TV series The Walking Dead, Watchmen, Umbrella Academy & The Boys and films like Old Guard and Extraction all have in common?
99% OF SCRIPTS NEVER GET MADE.
Most scripts never get read by more than a handful of people. Even studio-commissioned and contest-winning screenplays very rarely get 'produced'.
WE WILL MAKE YOUR SCRIPT A REAL COMIC.
This contest is different. Winners get their scripts made into comic books or graphic novels and published by one of the top indie comic labels.
NOT JUST PUBLISHED. OPTIONED.
These comic properties will be optioned by leading Hollywood production companies and read by top industry producers, agents, managers and financiers.
2023 PREMIERE SPONSOR
Our 2022 sponsor was PICTURESTART the media company founded by producer and former studio executive Erik Feig. Launched in May 2019, PICTURESTART has a rich and diverse slate of film, TV, and audio projects. Among seven films produced or financed since launch are UNPREGNANT, on HBO Max in 2020; AM I OK?, Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne's debut directorial effort, which premiered at Sundance 2022, and CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, the 2022 Sundance Audience Award winner, co-financed by PICTURESTART and sold to Apple.
This year the DISCOVERY OF VOICE Grand Prize went to "Death's Assistant" by Brian Gene White.
We will be announcing a new group of sponsors for 2023 shortly!
Deadlines, entry fees and judging timeline for the 2023 Script2Comic Contest.
Entries open February 28th, 2022. (All deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.)
Early Bird - $55
Enter by April 10th, 2023
Standard Entry - $65
Enter by May 10th, 2023
Late Entry - $75
Enter by June 10th, 2023
Last Minute - $85
Enter by July 10th, 2023
Announced August 10th, 2023
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Announced December 15th, 2023
Feedback - $95
Available at time of entry
Your story will be made into a limited series comic and published by Scout Comics, a leading indie publisher.
Your comic series will be put into active development for either film or television by PICTURESTART, the Discovery of Voice media company founded by Erik Feig.
Grand Prize winner receives a custom 'holo-foil' CGC graded copy of their first issue as well as 50 individual copies of their work.
+ More to be announced soon!
In 2020 we launched with 4 prizes, with a guarantee one script would be made into a limited series or graphic novel and one script would be made into a one-shot comic. We ended up awarding six prizes, with plans to make most, if not all of those winning scripts into a comic book! In 2023, Script2Comic we hope to see even more winners made into comics!
Your story turned into a one-shot comic and published by Scout Comics or another leading indie publisher.
Your comic optioned by one or more of our production sponsors and put into active development.
Win a special 'Gold Foil' CGC award slab and 30 individual copies of your published work.
Your story made into a comic or anthology excerpt and published by one of the top indie publishers.
Your comic will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
Win a special 'Silver Foil' CGC award slab and 20 individual copies of your published work.
Your story made into a comic short story and published in an anthology by a leading indie comic publisher.
Your property optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
Win a special bronze-label' CGC award slab and and 20 individual copies of your published work.
Special Jury Prize
Your story will be made into a comic, graphic novel, children's book or anthology excerpt that will published by Scout Comics or another leading comic publisher.
The The Special Jury Prize-winning property will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
Special Jury Prize winner receives a custom 'ivory-foil' CGC award slab as well as 20 individual copies of their work.
Each winner gets a custom CGC® Award Series slab perfect for displaying on your wall or desk. CGC® will also grade and slab each winner's comic when published.
Here are just a small sampling of the films and TV shows produced by our previous judges. We will soon announce a new line up of top industry professionals who will judge the 2023 Contest.
Jonathan Kadin - KadinCreative
Prior to launching KadinCreative in 2019, Jonathan was a motion picture studio executive for 20 years at Sony’s Columbia Pictures label. During this time he rose up the ranks to Executive Vice President and oversaw over 30 films, including successful hits like the recent release of Bad Boys For Life, as well as the 21 Jump Street franchise, acclaimed comedies such as Superbad and Step Brothers, and the Academy Award best picture nominee, Moneyball.
Erik Feig - PICTURESTART
Erik Feig is the founder and CEO of PICTURESTART, a media company specializing in premium Discovery of Voice content for worldwide engagement across all platforms. Since PICTURESTART launched in 2019, Erik has produced a diverse slate of projects, including Sundance Audience Award winner, Cha Cha Real Smooth directed by Cooper Raiff, starring Dakota Johnson; Luckiest Girl Alive with Mila Kunis and directed by Mike Barker, based on Jessica Knoll’s NYTimes best-selling novel; Sharper directed by Ben Caron and starring Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan and Justice Smith; raunchy comedy Strays voiced by Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx, directed by Josh Greenbaum; and Borderlands, the ambitious video game adaptation starring Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jack Black, directed by Eli Roth.
Prior to founding PICTURESTART, Erik was one of the founding partners of Summit Entertainment which became the most successful independent film studio of all time, and then served as co-president of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group when Summit was acquired by them. He has produced, supervised or originated the production of over 100 films ranging from Step Up, Twilight, and Hunger Games series to Academy Award-winning films including La La Land and The Hurt Locker, and his films have collectively grossed over $13BN at the box office.
Lezlie Wills - The SpringHill Co
Lezlie oversees scripted television for The SpringHill Co., known for TOP BOY (Netflix), SELF MADE (Netflix) and THE CROSSOVER (Disney+). Prior to SpringHill, she worked at Get Lifted Film Co., Viacom, Good Universe and Overbrook. Lezlie also produced Lionsgate's supernatural thriller, ANTEBELLUM, starring Janelle Monae. She is a native of Los Angeles and an alumna of Spelman College.
David Bowles - Chispa Comics
David Bowles is an award-winning author and translator from South Texas. Among his many works are the graphic novel series TALES OF THE FEATHERED SERPENT and CLOCKWORK CURANDERA. David is also the co-editor-in-chief of Chispa, the Latinx imprint of Scout Comics.
Jon Levin - Sustainable Imagination
Jon Levin, President of Film and TV at Fourward, spent 30+ years at CAA, packaging such films as MIDNIGHT RUN, HOOK, UNBROKEN, HOSTILES, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, SHREK, CORALINE and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and has been Executive Producer of Oscar-nominated THE BREADWINNER and Disney Plus+’s STARGIRL; Co-Executive Producer of MARSHALL, THE CHAPERONE and EATING ANIMALS.
Josh McLaughlin - Wink Pictures
As former President of Focus Features, Josh worked on films such as ATOMIC BLONDE, BLACKKKLANSMAN, and Academy and Golden Globe-winning THEORY OF EVERYTHING.
Patrick Newman - Mosaic
Patrick Newman is a Literary Manager at Mosaic, a management and production company based in Beverly Hills, CA. He represents a wide variety of writers, producers, directors, animators, video game developers, and comic book creators. Previously he worked at Broadway Video after graduating from Wesleyan University.
Adrian Askarieh - Prime Universe Films
Adrian Askarieh established Prime Universe Films, Inc with a vision to develop and produce high concept feature films based on established video game and comic book IP. Adrian was instrumental in setting up hit video game franchise HITMAN at 20th Century Fox and the KANE & LYNCH game franchise with Lionsgate. Prime Universe has a First Look deal with Constantin Film (RESIDENT EVIL franchise) and adapting JUST CAUSE together with Derek Koldsted (JOHN WICK).
Lauren Vilchik - Tonic Films
Lauren produced the hit horror franchise CABIN FEVER, and is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Tony Bui - Filmmaker
Tony won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for his film THREE SEASONS starring Harvey Keitel. He produced GREEN DRAGON starring Patrick Swayze and directed the TV pilot THE THROWAWAYS for Sony Crackle.
Jamie Iracleanos - Executive
Jamie has developed many comic book adaptations such as DOOM PATROL and SWAMP THING and has produced animation (TRANSFORMERS: THE PRIME WARS) unscripted (COMIC BOOK MEN, HOGAN KNOWS BEST) and documentaries for Disney and DC Entertainment (DC SPOTLIGHT: SHAZAM! and AQUAMAN)
James Haick - Scout Comics
James Haick III is President of Scout Comics and the writer/creator of SOLAR FLARE, THE MALL, & LONG LIVE PRO WRESTLING, & THIRD WAVE 99. He also heads Scout’s business operations, web store and retail outlet in Fort Myers, Florida.
Judges assign a score based on the following elements (10 points each):
The basic premise of your story -- what it is about.
What happens in your story -- how the events unfold.
How compelling and unique are your characters.
The universal message your story conveys.
Unique voices, buried subtext, real emotion.
6. Market Appeal
Commercial potential and audience demand.
The timing of plot and character development.
Does your story have a satisfying beginning, middle and end.
The style and format with which your story is on the page.
Does your story make people feel something. Good, bad or ugly.
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