Whatcomics 2024 opens for submissions September 1, 2024 – October 31, 2024
Whatcomics 2023 artists who were unable to attend the Celebration can pick up their copy at any public library. Artwork will be on display in the Lynden Library meeting room and throughout the building through the end of February.
See below to learn how to submit your artwork for Whatcomics 2024. Deadline is Oct. 31.
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.
Whatever spins your creative wheel, we would love to see it.
Rules and Information
The Rules Are Simple
- Open to Whatcom County teens in grades 6-12
- Entries accepted between September 1 and October 31
- Up to 3 entries per artist
- All levels of artwork considered
Original artwork only
- use unlined paper
- no light pencil
- do not fold your artwork
Types of art accepted:
- drawings or paintings
- comic strips
- digital illustrations
- other 2D artwork
- fan art
- characters from movies, games, anime, books or other artists
- AI generated art
All levels of artwork considered
All artists will be notified in early December about if their art was accepted for publication. Accepted artists receive a copy of Whatcomics and will have their art framed and on display at the Lynden Library Celebration and Art Show. A selection of this year’s art also will be displayed on the Whatcomics Bus.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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!