16 April 2012

NOTICE: Jurisprudential Comic Contest

JUSTICE FRAMED:
JURISPRUDENTIAL COMIC CONTEST 

Calling all comic artists! Law Text Culture–a transcontinental critical and creative legal journal based out of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (New South Wales, Australia)–is searching for comic submissions and is launching a contest to find them. The contest is open to all artists who create original strips or panels. We are looking for either a single panel cartoon or a multi-panel comic (about a page or two) that addresses justice or law with depth, beauty and wit. The work can be humorous or serious, coloured or black and white, simple squiggles or high-tech computer art. We have committed ourselves to giving a voice to interesting artists, and we are serious about this! If selected, your comic will be published in a widely recognized, international legal journal and you will be paid $500 CAD just for doing something we know you love!

The fine print (we are lawyers, so you should have expected this!): the entrants will be giving LTC the rights to print and distribute their comic in its upcoming Volume 16 in December (a special issue about the nexus between justice, law and comics), but the entrant will still retain all rights to their work. In other words, we publish your comic, but afterwards you are free to further publish your comic as you see fit.

Artists should send us five copies of their original strip or panel, under a pseudonym before May 31, 2012, by mail to the following address:

Luis Gomez Romero
Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)
McGill University 
3610 McTavish, Room 22-4
Montreal, Quebec 
H3A 1Y2 

Please enclose the following information: name, address, telephone number and email address. Just make sure your name does not appear on the comic itself!  They will be blinded for the judgment session.

We seriously encourage you to have a look at the detailed rules and regulations of the contest at the Law Text Culture’s website before submitting your work: http://www.uow.edu.au/law/LIRC/LTC/index.html. 

Please address any enquiries to: comicsandlaw@gmail.com.

JUSTICE FRAMED: JURISPRUDENTIAL COMIC CONTEST
RULES AND REGULATIONS


1.       Agreement. The act of entering a contest constitutes acceptance of the contest rules and the decisions of the contest judge.
2.       Term. The “Justice Framed: Jurisprudential Comic Contest” begins February 1º, 2012 and ends May 31, 2012, 12:00 PM Canada Eastern Standard Time.
3.       Eligibility. Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.
4.       Entry. Each entry consists of five copies of an original strip or panel (one or two page length) addressing justice or law as a subject, which should be submitted under a pseudonym by mail to the following address:

Luis Gomez Romero
Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)
McGill University
3610 McTavish, Room 22-4
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2

In a separate envelope each entrant should enclose a printed document including his or her name, address, telephone number and email address.
5.       Releases. If the strip or panel contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit its printing and distribution by Law Text Culture.
6.       Prizes. The first place winner will receive $500 CAD and his/her winning strip or panel will be published in Volume 16 of Law Text Culture. The second and third places will receive a diploma and depending on the amount of academic submissions to Volume 16 of Law Text Culture their works could also be published. All prizes must be accepted as awarded.
7.       Judging and jury. The judges will collectively select the first, second and third place winners. The decision of the judges is final and binding.
8.       Licenses. By entering the contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual and worldwide non-exclusive license to Law Text Culture for printing, reproducing, distributing, displaying and creating derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with Volume 16 of Law Text Culture, including, but not limited to: (i) display at a potential exhibition of winners; (ii) publication of a book featuring selected entries in the contest; or (iii) online publication of highlighting entries or winners of the contest.
9.       Limitation of liability. By entering this contest, entrants agree that Law Text Culture and its guest editors and representatives have no responsibility or liability for: (i) theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to contest entries; (ii) losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest-related activities; and (iii) the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded.
10.   Right to cancel, suspend or declare void the contest. Law Text Culture reserves the right to: (i) terminate or declare any contest null and void and rescind any prize, if in its sole judgment, the rules or the integrity of the contest have been violated or compromised in any way, intentionally or unintentionally by any person whether or not a participant in the Contest, and (ii) stop or conclude the Contest at any time without prior notice. If Law Text Culture elects to cancel or terminate the contest, Law Text Culture will not retain any rights in the submitted strips or panels.
11.   Winners’ list. Winners’ names will be available online at http://www.uow.edu.au/law/LIRC/LTC/index.html before June 30, 2012.
12.   Jurisdiction. The contest is governed by the laws of New South Wales and the laws of Australia applicable therein.

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