2. PROFESSIONAL: By this, we do not mean that we judge the quality of your work. A professional is generally regarded as one who is paid on a professional basis for his/her work, makes a regular income and/or has a body of work in comic-related print/web media and who conducts himself/herself in a professional manner. For example, if you self-publish and make a living at it to the extent that you can be considered a paid professional, then you may qualify. However, if you photocopied some of your drawings or written stories solely for the entertainment of your friends and family without compensation, this would not qualify. If you are a relatively new or unknown person in your field, be sure that the samples and information you submit leaves no room for doubt on these points.
Bear in mind that if you don’t qualify this time around, you may reapply later once you gain additional professional experience. The four-person Board of Directors will evaluate your application and advise you in writing of their decision based on the information and samples of the work you have provided. Further instructions may be found on the printable application that you must send to us via U.S. Mail.