The writing portion of the contest also brings in interesting entries. Hilbert said it's not unusual for homemade comic books complete with illustrations to be entered.
“We've had kids turn in entire three ring binders as comic books that they wrote and illustrated,” Hilbert said. “People will mix the characters from a different genre. You'll have Star Trek coming in with Harry Potter. They're really cool and interesting and the writing is usually pretty good.”
Hilbert said entrants are mostly teenagers and those in their 20s and 30s who grew up with Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and anime, but there are entrants who are older.
“The young people really seem to know the subject matter well, and it usually shows in what they write,” he said.
The contest is sponsored by Atomik Pop, Speeding Bullet Comics and the Scarlet Kitsune Anime Club. Prizes including gift cards, DVDs, books and other items are awarded to winners. There is no entry fee.
Entries will be accepted through 6 p.m. March 17 at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker.
For more information on the contest email email@example.com or call 631-4468.