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Encouraging the Creative Use of New Media
February 10, 2009, Volume 55, No. 21

The Penn Libraries are challenging students to explore their creative side by sponsoring two contests this spring. The Mashup Multimedia Contest and the “Your Inner Fish” Comic Contest both aim to encourage creativity and the use of new media among Penn undergraduate and graduate students. The theme of the contests—change—is inspired by the focus of both this year’s Humanities Forum and Penn Reading Project selection, Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. The Comic Contest also intersects with the “Year of the Comic,” a year-long celebration of comics, animation and graphic novels at Penn. Students are asked to create a comic book or graphic novel inspired by the ideas of evolution or change, as discussed in Shubin’s book. The third annual Mashup Contest—co-sponsored with the Penn Humanities Forum, the Cinema Studies Program and College Houses and Academic Services—challenges student filmmakers to create a short film demonstrating new uses of existing material in creative, sophisticated ways. 

All current Penn students (individuals or groups) are encouraged to participate by entering projects, whether created as part of a class assignment or on their own. Details of both contests, including information on technical help available in the Weigle Information Commons, submission deadlines, and judging criteria are available on the contest websites.

“Your Inner Fish” Comic Contest—Entries due March 16

Mashup Multimedia Contest—Entries due April 24



Almanac - February 10, 2009, Volume 55, No. 21