Frequently Asked Superhero Questions


Abishek Singh, "Ravan, the Demon of Lanka," Ramayan 3392 AD, issue 5, 2006 (detail), Liquid Comics, Bangalore, India


With more than 2,000 views and counting, our call for storylines and illustrations for a superhero comic based in Los Angeles has become Unframed’s second-most popular post of all time. The contest (for those who have not read the post) is in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India’s Comics. Along with tons of views and links, the post has also drawn a number of questions, such as:

What format should I follow?
Please submit a word file or PDF for synopsis of storyline, which should be no more than one page (about 250 words). Use JPEG images with dimensions up to 800 x 1000 pixels. Individual JPEG files should be no larger than 1mb. Please keep your entries between 3 and 5 images total. Submissions will be accepted in any stage of the process—including storyboards, individual character explorations, or comic book pages—as long as a narrative description is included.

Who can participate in the contest?
Our call for comics is global, and is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

What will I win?
Each entry will be reviewed, with the best comics being featured on the Unframed blog.

Can I submit work that has been previously published?
We will only accept previously unpublished work.

What are the specifications for the storyline?
We seek original storylines for a superhero comic set in Los Angeles. Other than that, the sky’s the limit!

Details after the jump . . .

Terms of Use

LACMA invites interested parties to submit photographs of drawings and creative writings (each, an ‘Entry’) in conjunction with our exhibition titled Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India’s Comics. The selected Entries will be published or displayed in one or more of the following:

• Presentation in a digital exhibition available via

• Posting on and/or on LACMA’s blog, Unframed (

For digital photographs, please provide only the original camera image with adjustments limited to cropping, levels, curves, and brightness/contrast.

LACMA retains sole discretion over the selection of, and the decision not to select, any particular Entry for publication or display.

LACMA will not consider any Entry that it determines in its sole discretion is obscene or contains objectionable content of any kind.

By submitting an Entry for consideration, you warrant and represent that:

• Your Entry is your own original work and you alone own copyright to your Entry. No other party has any right, title, claim or interest in your Entry and publication or display of your Entry does not violate or infringe another person’s rights.

If LACMA determines in its sole discretion that any of the above warranties or representations has been breached, LACMA reserves the right to reject the Entry and to remove or delete the Entry from any publication or other display.

All Entries will become the property of LACMA. LACMA will have no obligation to return the digital media of your Entry to you.

While you will retain your copyright, if any, in your Entry, by submitting an Entry, you are granting to LACMA the following rights: a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive royalty-free license, without further review or participation from you, (a) to copy, publish, distribute, perform and display your Entry, in whole or in part, in a LACMA exhibition, and/or on a LACMA website, (b) to make copies and duplicate CDs and/or DVDs of your Entry, (c) to reproduce images of your Entry, in whole or in part, and (d) to use your name as the creator of your Entry, throughout the world, in all media now known or hereafter invented (including without limitation photography, film, digital, audio and/or videotape, on radio, film, television, and on LACMA’s website and other web-based media, such as streaming and podcasting), for any and all purposes in accordance with LACMA’s mission (including without limitation exhibition catalogs and marketing campaigns, educational programs, posters, merchandise, and promotional purposes, such as press releases, advertisements, announcements, brochures, and other publications) and for preservation and archival purposes.

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