Whatcomics Teen Art Anthology

Whatcomics is open for submissions from September 1 through October 31.

“CHEESE!” by Chloe Gorgue
“CHEESE!” by Chloe Gorgue (click for larger image)

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, doodles, and digital art.  Whatever spins your creative wheel, we would love to see it!

Accepted artists receive a copy of the book and an invite to the Whatcomics Art Reception held in January at the Lynden Library.

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 allowed
  • All levels of artwork accepted
  • Up to 3 entries per person
“The Bloom of Spring,” by Jessa Lafeen
“The Bloom of Spring,” by Jessa Lafeen (click for larger image)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my artwork?
You can drop off your artwork at any library branch between September 1 and October 31. Fill out the entry form and attach it to your artwork.
Can I submit a comic?
Yes! We’d love to see your comic! 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.

Or you can submit your artwork online if you have it saved on your computer.
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, stop or call any library 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.

The first chance to pick up your copy is at the Whatcomics Reception, usually held in January at the Lynden Library. Invite family, friends, and other important people in your life to come and see the artwork on display, snack on light refreshments, and celebrate the artistic talents of teens in our community.
Where can I get invites to hand out about the reception?
Visit any library and ask at the desk about invites for the Whatcomics reception. You are welcome to give the invites to whomever you’d like to have at the reception to celebrate your work.
Where else can I pick up my copy of Whatcomics?
If you cannot make it to the reception, there will be copies of Whatcomics available at any library branch few days after the reception. Just ask at the information desk.
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.


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!

Need some inspiration?

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

Have questions? Email Tamar Clarke, Teen Services Coordinator.