Shortly after SHotM began, Davien Watkins, founder of Superhero Enterprises and a former music industry executive, contacted me about the possibility of us holding a contest with them for their flagship character, NOTES. It's taken a while to get everything squared away, but finally SHotM is proud to present NOTES as our December contest!
Criteria is a little different for this month. Since NOTES is a character I'd wager almost everyone is unfamiliar with, we're not looking for artists to redesign him. Rather, illustrate NOTES in your style. What we'll be looking for is an illustration that best exemplifies what you believe NOTES stands for. That's pretty broad, so don't redesign, just have a lot of fun.
Per Superhero Enterprises, "NOTES" is our most powerful science fiction superhero and a highly-skilled leader in music technology, whose mission is to enhance and transform the experience of making and editing electronic music.
"N.O.T.E.S." distinctively offers solution(s) to the global fight against illicit downloading and counterfeiting, as the consequences of digital piracy online and in the streets....have continued to threaten the U.S. economy, jeopardize public safety, and undermine the livelihood of our domestic entertainment industries.
Comic book superheroes are supposed to provide role models that are potentially used by children in developing self images. N.O.T.E.S. symbolizes these qualities of high moral character, courage, generosity, and honor of a noble spirit.
Superhero Enterprises also recently debuted the beginnings of NOTES's origin story on their site. To familiarize yourself with NOTES, I'd highly recommend giving it a read!
Submissions will be judged like normal, and are due Friday, December 23 by 6:00 PM MST. Davien and Superhero Enterprises are offering the following as prizes for the contest:
1st Place: Opportunity to write/illustrate a two-page short story featuring NOTES to be featured on Superhero Enterprises' Tumblr and DeviantArt pages, a NOTES T-shirt, 1988's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4, signed by co-creator Kevin Eastman, and Ice Cube's Laugh Now, Cry Later.
2nd Place: Batman & Robin (vol. 1) #1, Alien/Predator Free Comicbook Day promotional, The Game's Doctor's Advocate and Erick Sermon's Erick Onasis.
3rd Place: Superman (vol. 2) #205 and Snoop Dogg's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.
If you have further questions, send them to us at either Superhero of the Month or Superhero Enterprises, specifying in your subject that your email regards the SHotM NOTES Contest.