Library Announces “Create Your Own Graphic Novel” Contest

Create your own diverse superhero origin story--enter our graphic novel contest!

Ms. Marvel. Black Panther. Iceman. Who will be the next diverse superhero?

The Lewis University Library invites all current students, faculty, and staff to add a character to the rapidly expanding universe of superheroes from diverse backgrounds. Submit your diverse superhero origin story to our contest and your work could be digitized and added to the Library’s new graphic novels collection.

What makes a diverse superhero? As defined by the American Library Association, diverse content includes the following:

  • Non-white main and/or secondary characters
  • LGBT main and/or secondary characters
  • Disabled main and/or secondary characters
  • Issues about race or racism
  • LGBT issues
  • Issues about religion
  • Issues about disability and/or mental illness
  • Non-western settings

Submissions should be emailed to Maria Emerson ( by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 14 and should conform to the following specifications:

  • 1 to 5 pages in length (may be an entire work or an excerpt from a longer work)
  • Original artwork (hand-drawn or digital) and text
  • PDF or JPG format
  • Created by an individual or a group of no more than two people
  • One entry per person/group

Submissions will be reviewed during Lewis University’s Diversity Week (April 24 through 28) by a panel of Lewis faculty and staff and staff from local comic book stores.

A grand prize and honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winners will be announced via social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and displayed in the Library’s first-floor art gallery area. Winning submissions will be published as an eBook and added to the Library’s graphic novels collection and institutional repository.

For more information, contact Maria Emerson or Kelley Plass.

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