In a rather surprising announcement, given that Comic Con Revolution is taking place in only a few weeks in Ontario, California, a brand new award for comic art has been announced that will be bestowed at the convention. The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award is being implemented at the show, but is also part of a wider partnership between the show-runners of Comic Con Revolution, Atomic Crush Events, and the Kubert School.
The Kubert School is a premier comic art school established by the seminal comic artist Joe Kubert, and in addition to partnering on this award, the school will be the beneficiary of two new scholarship programs for students. They are the the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship for first and second year students of The Kubert School, and the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project will help graduates begin their career.
The Kubert School will determine the recipient of the scholarship and jumpstart project based on merit and honors. The recipient of the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project will be named by the school at this year’s graduation and the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship will go into effect next year, allowing students to apply for the scholarship.
The recipient of the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship will receive a one-time scholarship and funding for the first annual Joe Kubert Future Storyteller Scholarship is provided by matching contributions from Atomic Crush Events, GeekChic Promotions, Storm King Comics and Superfan Promotions. Interested individuals and companies can also contribute to the scholarship program. The scholarship recipients will be announced later this year.
The recipient of the Joe Kubert Jumpstart Project will receive an artist alley table at any of the Comic Con Revolution events for one year and credit with SGX Print to create a pop-up banner and a limited print run of comic or art books. Storm King Comics’ Sandy King Carpenter will review the winning graduates’ portfolio, and Superfan Promotions will consult the winner of the award on how to best promote their work.
Andy Kubert says:
With the Joe Kubert Future Storyteller and Jumpstart Project, Atomic Crush Events has not only shown their commitment to building and investing in future creators for our industry but ultimately their love for the medium and their drive to have it not only succeed but thrive. Thank you so much for this endeavor.
Atomic Crush Events Partner and Co-Founder Mike Scigliano adds:
Joe Kubert was an incredible talent and his impact on the industry both on and off the page really can’t be overstated. This annual award and scholarship program will honor Joe’s legacy and help nurture the next generation of comic book creators.
The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award is “designed to recognize outstanding comic book creators who exemplify both Joe Kubert’s artistic talent and his commitment to nurturing the comic book community”, according to the show runners.
The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award event will be held at Comic Con Revolution on Saturday May 19 at 5:30 in Ballroom B in the Ontario Convention Center. More information about the award and the convention, visit comicconrevolution.com/ontari