Friday, November 16, 2007

My Comic Strip Syndicate Submission - CONTEST: “Be the Teacher ... Win a Prize!”

My Comic Strip Syndicate Submission by Mike Cope - CONTEST: Be the Teacher ... Win a Prize!

Okay, I’ll admit it ... Prizes are one of the oldest “teacher tricks” in the book! But now that I have your attention ...

As you may already know, I’ve mailed a submission to the comic strip syndicates. You see, my childhood dream has always been to draw a daily strip, like the ones published in newspapers.

I’ve written more about this in PARTS 1, 2, and 3.

While I certainly hope that the syndicates enjoy my submission, another very important group of people in the funnies business is the readers. I'm curious to know what you think about my new comic strip, K is for KRICK, and so I’m inviting you to:


Yup! I’m inviting you to take on the role of a teacher and help “evaluate” my new comic strip, K is for KRICK.

As a token of appreciation, I’ll give you the chance to:


Are you interested? Here's what to do ...

  1. Review my samples of K is for KRICK.
  2. Type your evaluation.
  3. Email it to me privately or Post it as a blog comment.

Submit your evaluation before the deadline below, and you'll be entered in the draw ... It’s that easy!

K is for KRICK - Click Here to View Samples!



Pretty much anyone, so long as it’s legal for you to read comic strips in your country (unfortunately, I’m serious).

The good news is that you needn’t be a cartoonist or a teacher, but you’re most especially welcome if you are! It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old either. My only suggestion is that you feel young at heart ... like Krick!

That said, young children should always be supervised by a responsible adult while they are “surfing” the Internet.


It’s easy! Review my samples of K is for KRICK and then send me a written “evaluation.” Essentially, I’d like to know what you think of my new comic strip, be it positive or negative.

For example:

  • What was your favourite (or least favourite) strip?
  • What do you think of the drawing/writing?
  • In your opinion, what is working well? What could benefit from some improvement?
  • Would you like to read more K is for KRICK?

Your evaluation can be as in-depth as you’d like. I’ll be happy to review any feedback you offer about my new comic strip.


You can either send me your evaluation privately via e-mail, or share it publicly as a comment on my blog.

To Send Privately:
Please use the e-mail address found on My Contact Page.

To Share Publicly:
If you would like to share your evaluation with others, please feel free to use the “POST A COMMENT” link found at the bottom of my comic strip samples posting. Please note that I will not delete any negative evaluations posted unless they are derogatory or deemed inappropriate for any other reason. Any public comments are otherwise welcome for they can promote discussion and learning for other aspiring cartoonists.

Special Note:
I will require a valid e-mail address where I can contact you if you WIN A PRIZE, so if you share your evaluation publicly, but would prefer to send me your e-mail address privately, please feel free to do so. If you’re not worried about winning a prize, then I do not require your e-mail address.


Feedback is welcome at anytime, however, in order to receive the chance to WIN A PRIZE, I must receive your evaluation no later than:

Sunday, December 16, 2007
11:59PM EST

I will contact prize winners the following morning via e-mail.


Yup! There’s more than one prize to be won!

Unfortunately, I can NOT offer you 65 inch, LCD flat screen, Full HD TV with 500 Watt surround sound and installation ... unless you buy it for me first!

However, I CAN offer FIVE randomly selected participants their choice of any ONE of the following:

  • An original KRICK pencil sketch.
  • A black & white KRICK daily comic strip print.
  • A full-colour KRICK Sunday comic strip print.
  • A full-colour gag cartoon print (see samples).

All prizes will be signed and can be personalized to anyone you would like. Prints can be any of my cartoons of your choice.

More information will be provided to the winners, but if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me using the address on my contact page.



K is for KRICK - Principal Grace (Close-up)


It’s not easy being a teacher -- especially when it comes to assessment and evaluation! On one hand, you have the sweet little angels who never cause trouble and always do their work, so it’s tempting to just give them an A or B without ever really looking at their assignments. Then there are those little devils, and one word comes to mind: REVENGE!

I’ll admit it, I wasn’t always an angel ... I once bit a classmate.

It’s true!

Okay, so we were in Kindergarten.

But no matter the joy/grief that a student offers, an “ideal” teacher is an impartial judge/jury of their learning. As such, the most valuable evaluation that a teacher can give a student is not a number or single letter ... It’s a comment.

Thanks for your comments ... and GOOD LUCK!

- Mike Cope