Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity


This article was written on 19 Feb 2012, and is filled under Front page, News.

Help me, I’m terrible: The Rx Art Contest!

Are you a professional artist just waiting for that “big break”? Well good news!

This isn’t it.

I mean, who wants their big break to be from some nerdy sci-fi book on the internet, right? However, if you find yourself trapped in a dimly-lit crawlspace with only some parchment and a scrap of old charcoal to pass the time, this might be a thing that you can do! It’s the Rx Art Contest!

As you all hopefully know, I’m in the process of releasing a sci-fi serial novel right now. The last episode will be out in the summer of 2012, and after that, I’ll be collecting everything together and releasing the whole thing again in one volume. I’m keeping most of the formatting pretty bare bones, and I have an amazing graphic artist for a wife who’s doing all the covers. But I’d like to do a little something special with the chapter breaks, and that’s where you come in: Send me your Rx-themed art, and it might get a spot in the book!









All submissions should be, at minimum, 600px wide by 800px high, with a resolution of 72DPI. It’s okay to scale that up, as long as you keep the proportions the same.

Submissions are due by July 15th, 2012, 4:37:15.01PM PST. Any later than that, and I will spit on your hard work and throw it in the gutter where hobos will either use it as toilet paper or boil the canvas pulp for filler in their hobo-chili (hobo-region depending).

Multiple submissions are allowed.

Send your submissions as GIFs, JPEGs or PNGs (though make sure it doesn’t suffer unacceptable quality loss when saved in a format less than 300KB) to rxthebook @ gmail . com, with the subject line “Rx Art Contest Submission.”


Things to remember:


Your work is, ideally, going to wind up in an eBook. That means it’s going to have to scale across a lot of different resolutions (and even from color to black and white). So try to keep the focus on design rather than fine detail. Detail is fine, of course, but try zooming in and out of the piece – how does it look the size of a phone screen? How does it look the size of a paperback page? As long as it works on both, we’re good.

You don’t have to literally depict scenes from the novel, but every submission should have some thematic tie: Nanotechnology, alternate history, biology, anything that fits within the larger framework of the book will be considered. For example: Before opening this up as a contest, I was going to assign relevant elements to each chapter, and slap a stylized depiction of their atomic structure up there. Clearly, even something as vague and hackish as that will satisfy my plebian tastes.

Finally: I have no idea if this contest will actually work. It all depends on how many quality submissions I can actually get in time for the deadline. If it does all come together, however, I’ll prominently credit your work on the chapter break in which your art appears, as well as thank you personally in the final, collected version of the book itself. And of course you’ll get everything I have to offer – all 3 episodes, the collected eBook, the special hyperlinked and annotated bonus edition, and an autographed print edition to call your own.

Oh yeah, and have fun!*

*Having fun is mandatory. Contest engineers can tell if you didn’t have fun while doing it. They can fucking taste it, buddy. Absolutely no submissions that were created somberly or apathetically will be considered.


  1. Dave
    February 20, 2012

    Hello, Mr. Brockway

    I am an aspiring artist and would love nothing more than to have my work published in your novel. I have a question though. I understand that you are a busy man, but what would the likelihood be of you giving feedback on submissions? For instance, if I were to interpret one of the characters wrong, or something, would you be able to give me criticism and let me correct it? I would hate to submit a drawing and have it not be accepted because I drew Byron’s codpiece too small, or whatever.

    Thanks and please keep up the good work.

    • admin
      February 20, 2012

      Yeah, of course. I mean I’m not going to workshop every art piece that comes in, but if there’s something I really like that’s just missing a little something, I’ll ask for changes.

  2. Ashley
    March 12, 2012

    Hey, Robert, I’ve worked with you in the past with some drawings for Cracked. I would be willing to help you out if you’re interested. Let me know if your contest doesn’t go as planned and I’ll see if I can draw you up some of the things you need.


    • admin
      March 12, 2012

      Thanks! That’s awful kind of you, but this is more of a “if it happens, great! If not, oh well,” kind of deal. The book certainly doesn’t require illustrations, and if it doesn’t work out (which it doesn’t look like it’s going to) then I’ll just drop it. Still, if you like the book and want to contribute something, that would be awesome. At the very least, I’ll post all entries somewhere on the site so fans can see the work.

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