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Historic Georgetown Steam Plant powers graphic novel call for artists

In a truly innovative call for artists, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light, is looking for an artist/artist team to create a fictionalized graphic novel about the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.

Built in 1906, the Georgetown Steam Plant advanced industrial architecture in its time through the early use of reinforced concrete employed on a massive scale. It was also forward thinking in its turbine generator design that greatly increased power generation capability across the nation, and in turn influenced modern power generators.

The artist/artist team will write and illustrate a compelling 200-page fictionalized graphic novel that incorporates aspects of the Georgetown Steam Plant’s history. This new historical graphic novel should be written and illustrated for all-age appropriateness, but with a teen and older reading audience in mind. The artist will maintain copyright to the work, and the City of Seattle will have licensing/distribution rights to distribute free of charge to area schools, libraries, museums, non-profits, and relevant professional organizations. The City of Seattle also will maintain licensing rights to electronically distribute the work free of charge through the Seattle Public Library, Seattle City Light and/or ARTS.

Don’t wait, now’s your chance to make history. Apply now, the deadline is August 15.

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This call is open to all professional writers/artists/illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia. Artist teams are required to have one member that meets the residency requirement. Experienced and published graphic writers/artists/cartoonists encouraged to apply. Students are ineligible to apply.


The budget for this project is $85,000 all inclusive. This budget assumes approximately $20,000 in printing costs for 1,000 copies of the graphic novel, a $50,000 author/illustrator artistic fee, and $15,000 in support budget and project management fees. The amounts all are inclusive of Washington State sales tax. (For out-of-state artists, the tax will be deducted from the commission).The selected artist/artist team will work with the Project Manager to establish a budget outline and work plan and will adjust as needed.