Creating is a superpower, and comic books are a great tool for improving literacy skills! That’s why we're partnering with the Winnebago Area Literacy Council, House of Heroes, Zaroni’s, and US Venture to bring you a creative writing/art contest open to all ages. Here's what you need to know!
Third annual comic book creation challenge seeks storytellers
May 7 - August 31, 2021
For the third year, the Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge is asking community members to embark on a creative quest. The annual competition honors the late Oshkosh native who drew and edited numerous volumes for comic giant Marvel from 1978-1996, including Captain America. Gruenwald served as Marvel’s executive editor from 1987 until his death in 1996.
Here's what you need to know to get started:
1. Individuals and/or teams are asked to create an original comic which will be judged on originality, artwork, story, and character development. Extra points will be added for a character/story that addresses the theme of adversity.
2. Participants receive a free art kit loaded with supplies. Check the library's Events Calendar for times, dates and locations for kit giveaways.
3. The project is the brainchild of Jon Doemel, owner of Zaroni’s Pizza; Scott Dercks, owner of House of Heroes Comics + Games; and the Winnebago Area Literacy Council. Other supporters include the Oshkosh Public Library and US Venture.
4. According to organizers, the comic book challenge promotes literacy by creating an event for everyone.
5. Creators compete in several age categories, with a separate category for families.
Need more information?
Join the Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge group on Facebook for contest rules, age categories, and announcements on prizes and celebration plans.
FREE art kit pickups in the library's lobby on the following dates:
FREE art kit picks at community locations:
May 10 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May 12 4 - 7 p.m.
May 18 4 - 7 p.m.
May 20 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May 22 1 - 5 p.m.
May 24 1 - 5 p.m.
May 26 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
May 28 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 1 1 - 5 p.m.
June 3 4 - 7 p.m.
June 7 4 - 7 p.m.
June 9 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
June 11 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 15 4 - 8 p.m.
June 17 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 21 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 23 4 - 7 p.m.
June 29 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free Art Kit pickups at community locations:
May 7 First Fridays | Downtown Oshkosh | House of Heroes 4 - 9 p.m.
June 4 First Fridays | Downtown Oshkosh | House of Heroes 4 - 9 p.m.
June 19 Farmers Market 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
July 2 First Friday | Downtown Oshkosh | House of Heroes 4 - 9 p.m.
July 17 Farmers Market 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.