whatcomics teen art anthology

Entry Form | Rules & Information | Need Some Inspiration?

Whatcomics is a teen art book published annually by Teen Services of the Whatcom County Library System. Area teens are invited to submit their original, 2-D artwork in a variety of styles including pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, comics, and digital art.  Accepted artists receive a copy of the book.

Whatever spins your creative wheel, we would love to see it.


If you submitted artwork for consideration, you will hear from us via email or a phone message, in early December. 
Questions? Email or call Tamar Clarke, Teen Services Coordinator at tamar.clarke@wcls.org or 360-305-3611.

Rules and Information

The Rules Are Simple

> Open to Whatcom County teens in grades 6-12

> Entries accepted between September 1 and October 31

> Original artwork only (no characters from movies, games, or shows.)

> 8.5 x 11 unlined paper only

> No light pencil

> Black & white or color

> Team entries welcomed

> All levels of artwork considered

> Up to 3 entries per artist.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my artwork?
There are 3 ways to submit your artwork:
  1. Online at wcls.org
  2. Mail your unfolded artwork to:
    WCLS – Whatcomics
    5205 Northwest Dr
    Bellingham, WA 98225
  3. Drop off your artwork and submission form at your public library.
I’ve submitted my artwork, now what?
You will hear from us whether your artwork was accepted or not through an email or a phone message, usually by early December. If you haven’t heard back by then, please call us to find out if your artwork will be published or not.
If my artwork is accepted, what’s next?
Along with bragging rights of being a published artist, all Whatcomics artists receive a complimentary copy of Whatcomics to keep.
How do I get my copy of Whatcomics?
We will mail your copy to the address you used on your submission form. The books are usually back from the printers by early January, so expect your book by mid-January. If you haven’t received it by then, please email or call us.
Can I get a second copy of the book?
If there are extra copies after all artists, libraries and schools have received their copy, we can fill requests for those Whatcomics participants who would like a second copy on a case by case basis and as supply allows. Please email your request to: tamar.clarke@wcls.org There is no charge for the additional book.
Can I get my artwork back?
Because the artwork is displayed in a number of our libraries and may be damaged in the framing or transferring process, we are not able to guarantee the return of your artwork.
I still have questions!
Call our main phone line (360-305-3600) and the person who answers will help you. If you’d rather, you can call your library branch directly.

Need Some Inspiration?

Art and Activism

Are you an “ARTIVIST”?  Artists have had a long history of social and environmental activism, often taking the lead in movements around the world that inspire protest, change, and hope.  If you have an issue that you are passionate about, create a poster or an art piece that shares your vision for a better world.

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Darla Taylor

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Giordanne Panis
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Gabriel Gilbert
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Hannah Carlson and Isabella Wells

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Jillian Templeton
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Cleo Patterson


We love to get comics! Please limit the size of your comic to one 8.5 x 11 page, and if there is writing, make sure it is large enough to be read easily. Check out below for more information on ideas and templates to help inspire you.

We have created some templates that you can download and print to create your own comic strip or page. You are also welcome to create your own.  The only rule is that the final piece can’t be larger than one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper.

Download a template and get started!

Comics 1 Panel Circle
One panel circle

Open as JPG
Download as PDF

Comics Circle and Squares
Circle and rectangles

Open as JPG
Download as PDF

Check out these comics and graphic novels and guides for how to draw comics at your library!

Have questions? Email us.