Comic Strip World Championships 2024

The Oulu Comics Festival presents the fifth annual Comic Strip World Championships! In this competition the contestants will have five days to create a comic strip with a given theme.

Theme 2024

This year’s theme will be announced as we launch the competition! Join us live for the theme’s announcement and launch event on Youtube-broadcast on September 11th, 2024 at 5:00pm (Eastern European Time, EET). The theme will also be published on this page and on our social media channels and in Youtube.

Deadline 2024

Participants must submit their comic strip by September 16th, 2024 at 4:59pm (EET) at the latest.

Venue 2024

Your comic strip (more information about the comic strip format) entry for the competition must be published on Instagram using a hashtags that will be announced September 11th, 2024 at 5:00pm (EET). Instagram is the only way to participate in the competition and submitted work needs to fit into a single post. The post must be public. Here are instructions to publish your work on Instagram. At the same time, we will open a form on this page that you can use to register for the competition.

Participant Rules

  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • The comics must be created in response to the theme.
  • The format and style of the comic strip is unrestricted, however the text should be in English to facilitate judging.
  • Pre-registration is not required and questions about technical issues will not be answered.
  • The work must be public on Instagram and sent using the form on this page, which is available at the time of the competition.

The Jury

The jury is made up of comic multitalents and cartoonists selected from at least three continents. The five person jury will mett virtually. The members os the jury will be published September 16th, 2024 on this page.

Rules for Jury

  • The maximum number of points awarded by one judge for one work is 20 points, the highest and lowest judge results are left out, and the points given by three remaining judges are added to make the total point score. The maximum score is 60 points.
  • The decisions of the jury cannot be appealed.
  • Late entries will be considered, but in the points calculation system (copied from ski jumping) we will deduct 1.8 points from the final score per each hour surpassing the time limit September 25th, 2023 at 4:59pm.
  • The jury has a secretary nominated by the Oulu Comics Festival.

Winners 2024

The winners will be announced at the Oulu thirth Comics Festival</a> on November 15th, 2024 at 5:00 pm (EET)</strong>. The awards ceremony can also be followed online on a Youtube-broadcast.

The prize of the competition is fame and glory.


Comic Strip World Championship 2023, 2022, 2021 & 2020 Results

  • Comic Strip World Champion 2023: Einar Másson (Iceland), 52 pts.
  • Comic Strip World Champion 2022: Nina Mutik (Finland), 53pts
  • Comic Strip World Champion 2021: Don Arvidsson (Sweden), 58pts
  • Runner-up 2021: Salar Eshratkhah (Iran), 53pts
  • Audience’s favorite 2021: @lesbilais