Bound volume of the Reader from December, 2003; Paul Koob and Ivan Brunettis comics are pictured.
  • Paul John Higgins
  • Bound volume of the Reader from December, 2003; Paul Koob and Ivan Brunetti’s comics are pictured.

This is typically the time of the year when the Reader publishes its annual Photo Issue. But it occurred to us that social media— Instagram and Facebook in particular—has made photography more prevalent than ever. So we thought that this year we’d devote a special issue to something we see less of in print and online: comics.

We’re delighted to announce the return of the Reader‘s Comics Issue, and this time we’d like to open the door to submissions from the midwest’s impressive comics community. While the competition is open to all, we favor submissions from the Chicagoland area. The curator of the issue is none other than Eric Kirsammer, owner of Chicago Comics and Quimby’s.

Winners will receive compensation if their work is selected. Only half-page and full-page comics will be considered.

Here are the dimensions:

Full Page: 9.75″ x 9.875″
Half Page (Vertical): 4.7917″ x 9.875″

You can send your work via PDF to, or if you prefer to submit a hard copy, send to:

Chicago Reader
c/o Paul John Higgins
RE: Comics Issue
350 N. Orleans St.
Chicago, IL 60654

The deadline for submissions is February 6. We look forward to spending now until then reading comics!