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24th Anniversary Call for Guest Art!

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Saturday, May 9, 2020


Hey everyone!

I hope you're all staying safe and healthy!
August 7, 2020 will be the 24th anniversary of Callous and I'd like to celebrate this milestone by once again opening up for guest art and artist promotion! But this time, we'll do something a bit more fun and perhaps help someone in need.

If you're interested, you'll be making the middle panel of a three-panel comic strip! Following the guidelines below, you can pretty much do whatever you want and I'll be writing and drawing the first and last panel based on what you submit! 

It is my hope to have enough comic strips to publish one per day for the month of August, so I'll be selecting up to 31 submissions! 

You'll have the gutter space to the left of your center panel for your primary credit and self-promotion within the comic strip's image and more in the caption/post description when they publish online. 

Furthermore, I'll submit the selected comic strips to Manila Bulletin for their consideration to publish in their comics page. That's a potential reach of more than half a million views per day!

And, perhaps most important of all, 100% of the comic strip's income from Manila Bulletin for the month of August 2020 will be donated to Oplan Malasakit, a fund raising effort to purchase PPEs for our frontliners fighting COVID-19.

Still interested? Here are the guidelines:
  • All content should be for all ages!
  • Only full color digital submissions are accepted, preferably in unflattened PSD format.
  • Submissions should be intended for newsprint and preferably in CMYK color mode with all linework, lettering, and colors intended to appear flat black be at 100 K on a separate layer. If you don't understand that, you may submit your work in RGB with all linework, lettering, and colors intended to appear black in a separate layer and I'll do the proper formatting. Black gradients are acceptable as long as they're on that "black layer." If you're still lost after all that (probably because I don't really know what I'm talking about) then just submit in whatever format you want. ;)
  • Submission dimensions are preferably 1186 pixel width and 1127 pixel height at 300 dpi. You may submit at a higher resolution with the same image dimension proportion ratio, but not at a lower resolution.
  • Deadline for submissions is on June 30, 2020.
  • Send your image submissions as an e-mail attachment or as a download link to caz@callouscomics.com
You don't have to be an artist to help!
Oplan Malasakit
is an initiative to help our fellow Filipinos in time of need. It was officially organized by Dr. Tiger Garrido (who inspired the Callous character, Dr. Tiger Kaiserslautern) and his friends. For more information about the organization and how you can help, visit the Oplan Malasakit Page on Facebook



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About the Author


Carlo Jose Caz is a practicing licensed physician, professional voice actor/talent, writer, and cartoonist. He has been working on the Callous comic strip since 1996, winning several of The LaSallian's Silver Quill awards for his work. He has written several published short stories. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife and two children.

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