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The Comic Making Tournament (CMT) was the grand finale to the CCP in New Haven. It was a full day activity that had kids participating in various events to win prizes for making comics.
The first CMT was held June 2, 2007, in the New Haven Public Library's Program Room and the Activity Room of the Children's floor.
There were five: short-form pre-drawn, short-form original, long-form pre-drawn, long-form original, and speed. The short-form events were based on making single comics while long-form emphasized multipage arcs. Pre-drawn events used templates where kids only had to fill in dialogue, while originals used blank templates that required artistic expression. Speed emphasized quantity over quality, with students trying to create as many comics as possible in a given time frame.
Among the notable sponsors of the event were Yale University, New Haven Reads Book Bank, and Alternate Universe, a local comic book store. Several other local businesses, including the Yale Bookstore, Hull's Art Supplies, and Book Trade Cafe, also donated prizes. In all, over $500 in awards were collected.
Seven kids in all took part, which was far fewer than expected based on registration numbers. They produced over 360 comics.
Yes. The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has provided a grant to supply prizes for another. The Comic Making Tournament II is currently planned for March 2008. You can read about some of the initial planning here. My hope is to have a third CMT in 2009 in Pittsburgh, using local businesses as sponsors.
For a more detailed look into the inner workings of the CCP, read the Create a Comic Project Blog.