The “Evolution of Abe Sapien” Art Contest Has Just a Week Left

Ladies and gentlemen, do we have an exciting announcement for all of you aspiring artists out there. In partnership with our friends at Dark Horse Comics, we’re going to be running an art contest in March for the new “Abe Sapien” ongoing series.

It’s pretty simple. As fans of the Mignolaverse know, Abe Sapien has been going through some changes, but when you get down to it the guy is the heart and soul of the “B.P.R.D.” We want you to share your interpretation of Abe as a character. His newly evolved form, his previous form, Langdon Everett Caul – you name it, you decide how you want to represent him – and you could win a pretty sweet haul.

The prizes for the winner include:

– All six of the Hellboy Library Editions for yourself and for your comic retailer of choice (1 set each)
– Your piece will be featured in an upcoming issue of “Abe Sapien” (multiple pieces will be featured)

There are no rules for what you create. Creativity is encouraged, both in what you depict Abe as and what art medium you use. Judging will begin in the beginning of April, with all entrants being boiled down to a top three by a panel comprised of Dark Horse Editor in Chief and “Abe Sapien” co-writer Scott Allie and the Mignolaversity duo of Brian Salvatore and David Harper.

The winner from there will be decided by none other than Mike Mignola himself, and Mike will be taking the piece to add to his own personal collection.

All pieces must be submitted to Multiversity at by 5 PM, Eastern Standard Time on March 31, 2013, along with your name, location and your retail store of choice.


– Draw Abe Sapien.
– Get it into by March 31.
– Maybe win an amazing prize pack.
– Profit.

Look for a ton more this month about the upcoming “Abe Sapien” ongoing series, including exciting interviews, informative columns, and our “31 Days of Abe” feature that highlights original pieces by incredible artists like Tyler Crook, Jim Rugg, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Sina Grace and more.

Spinning out of “B.P.R.D.,” “Abe Sapien” series is flat out fantastic – Team Mignolaversity has already had the chance to read the first two issues – and both a perfect companion piece to what is going on over in “B.P.R.D.” as well as an excellent standalone book. Make sure you tell your local shop you want to add this book to your pull list – the Diamond Code for it is FEB130010.

This is a great time to be a Mignolaverse fan. Prove how excited you are by entering this contest and maybe winning some awesome swag.

By submitting your art, you are assigning all rights to the artwork to Mike Mignola. All pieces must be original. The winner cannot be an active professional comic book artist. Other restrictions may apply.

About The AuthorDavid HarperDavid Harper mainly focuses on original content, interviews, co-hosting our 4 Color News and Brews video podcast, and being half of the Mignolaversity and Valiant (Re)visions team. He runs Multiversity's Twitter and Facebook pages, and personally tweets (rarely) @slicedfriedgold. By day, he works in an ad agency in Anchorage, Alaska, and he loves his wife, traveling and biscuits & gravy (ordered most to least, which is still a lot).

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About The AuthorBrian SalvatoreBrian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his daughter, or playing music with his daughter. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).

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User's Comments
  • Frigg

    Excuse me, but is this contest open to European fans?

    • Brian Salvatore

      Yes! Worldwide participation is encouraged!

  • Hansel Moreno

    Guys my face is melting off.

    • Matthew Meylikhov

      Dude, what are you doing posting on this site? Get to a hospital! That sounds like a really serious issue!

  • Erick Carjes

    A huge thanks from Brazil!

    • Matthew Meylikhov

      Yes, for sure! We want everyone to participate wherever they are, worldwide or even floating around the planet in a space station.

      • Александр Свешников

        And another one Thanks from Yakutia! 😀

      • Александр Свешников

        And another one thanks from Yakutia! 😀

      • David Harper

        Oh god, space station shipping costs are going to be out of this world!


  • Stas

    Can we submit more than one piece for the contest?

    • Brian Salvatore

      I don’t know, can you?

      Kidding – yes, you can. Only one piece per entrant can be singled out as a finalist, but submit all you like!

  • Steve G Santiago

    Will there be an online gallery to see all the cool art, after the deadline?

    • David Harper

      Hey there Steve! We’ll likely be posting all of the entries AND all of the pro pieces on the day of the launch for the Abe Sapien ongoing, April 3.

      • Kyle Shamburg

        where are you posting these?

  • Kyle Shamburg

    will there be a day when we can view other contestents work?

    • David Harper

      We’ll likely share all the pieces at the end, Kyle!

  • CallMeFarGone

    Thank to Syxx at DA for sharing about this amazing contest. I’m so gonna enter. I think I will share this with another DA friend If he hasn’t heard about it already!

    • David Harper

      Do it! The more the merrier!

  • matthew hyde

    What is the email address that you submit it to?

  • RtR

    Any file size restrictions?

    • Brian Salvatore

      No sir – we can contact you if you win and we need any additional/different sizes.

  • Dave

    Is there a preferred size and format and should participants send a hi-res file in case they’re selected?

    • Brian Salvatore

      We like .jpgs because they are easy, but feel free to send additional formats, and remember that we are nice people and will reach out to you if you win and give you the opportunity to have the best res version of your entry appear in print. Thanks!

  • Noel Green

    Can we share our artwork (such as on our facebook, etc.) on our own once it’s submitted?

    • Brian Salvatore

      We are going to be unveiling every single piece submitted once the contest closes and we announce a winner (and finalists). Once that happens, feel free to post everywhere! If you want to post it before then, that’s your business and I wouldn’t shed a tear over it, but it might be fun to see them all rolled out at once.

      • Noel Green

        I’ll wait. 😉

  • Ander Avila

    How many works have been submitted so for, if it is not a well kept secret? :)

    • Brian Salvatore

      More than 80!

      • Mark Tweedale


  • Lauriena Rager

    I am so upset. I sent in my entry for the contest the day before the deadline. But my email’s “mailer-demon”(the BPRD needs too look into that) didn’t alert me until it was too late. I sent it again today knowing it would not make the deadline, but hoping still it would be looked at for at least some feedback.[ It would be nice if you guys had a submission page. Not all email is created equal.] If by chance it gets “mailer-demon”ed again here is a link to one of the entries on my web page. Link: Comments are so much welcomed, I love HB and Mike Mignola is my favorite comic book artist. So I am poopooed with myself about this. Anyway, like I said any feedback is very much welcomed.

  • Mike VanLoon

    When and where will the winners be announced?

  • Kyle Shamburg

    do we have a winner yet?

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