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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched an e-comics competition for Cebuano artists

Recognizing the importance of youth in digital consumption in the new normal, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Cebu office announced an electronic comics contest for young artists in the province on Monday, September 20, 2021.

β€œAll aspiring young comic artists in Cebu, pay heed! Participate in the DTI-e-comics Cebu’s contest for a chance to win PHP60,000 in gift cards, according to a statement on the DTI-social Cebu’s media website.

The event is in keeping with the 2021 Consumer Welfare Month celebration in October, which has the theme “Digital Consumers in the New Normal,” according to DTI-Cebu director Rose Mae Quianola.

According to the competition rules published by the DTI-Cebu, the contest is open to all Cebu creative people between the ages of 18 and 25, including illustrators, graphic designers, and comic strip creators.

The e-comics submission must be hand-drawn and produced, the visuals must be original, and those under license or in the public domain must acquire permission from the author.

It must be submitted in TIFF, JPEG, RGB, vertical A4, and 300 dpi format, with a minimum of five pages, including the front page; four frames each page, excluding the title page; and a maximum of three members per comic book submission.

Only submissions that have not previously been shown as part of a comics competition will be considered.

An entry may be submitted by a solo contestant or a group of no more than three people.

On or before the deadline of submission on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m., each person or organization is only permitted to submit one entry.

Individuals cannot have several teams in the competition, and each participant may select from a variety of themes or stories for their submissions, including consumer rights and duties, sustainable consumption, e-commerce, the consumer in the new normal, and deceptive sales tactics.

The submissions should be submitted in Cebuano or Visayan, however, they must have English subtitles.

Entries that include inappropriate actions or words will be disqualified by the DTI-Cebu.

The narrative and messages (25 percent), connection to the topic (25 percent), originality (25 percent), and inventiveness, and creative ability (25 percent) will all be considered while judging each submission (25 percent).

The grand prize winner will get PHP30,000 in gift certificates and a certificate, while the first runner up will receive PHP20,000 in gift certificates and a certificate, and the second runner up will receive PHP10,000 in gift certificates and a certificate.

17 additional qualifying submissions will get PHP1,500 in gift cards and a certificate, according to the agency.

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