We are challenging you to design your own comic!

Submit by 6th December 2021 (note this is a different date to the video)

We are asking you to create your own comic book page. There are $850 of prizes up for grabs!

You can choose from a four, five or six-panel page. Click here to find our templates.

You have to use our templates but what goes in those panels is entirely up to you and your imagination!

From Peanuts and Garfield to Batman and Naruto, comics have told us stories and we are keen to see what stories you can tell us.

You can use any medium you want:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Charcoal
  • Watercolours
  • Collage
  • Digital
  • Whatever inspires you to tell your own original story.

Extra Challenge

To win the extra challenge prize, see if you can tell your story without using any words. Removing words will challenge your visual communication and drawing skills!


You can take inspiration from any and everywhere! Your favourite animal, everyday life, song lyrics, a question, maybe even a catchphrase.

It can be funny; it can be sad, or it can be somewhere in between. With this challenge, there are endless ways for you to get creative and be inspired.

Maybe start with the story, maybe start with the characters or even start with the art.

If you are having trouble starting you might want to think about your character. What do they like and dislike? What are their weird quirks? How would they react if you surprised them? Then try putting them in different locations, what would they do on summer vacation? Or if they were at your school?

Get inspired by the New Zealand comic book scene!

Check out these artists

Or watch some interviews with NZ comic artists.


Note the following requirements:

  • You must submit your work by 1st February 2020.
  • Submit using #FutureDesignersNZ. Post your photos or videos to Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter.
  • Make sure your post is public so we can see it.
  • Videos must be less than 30 seconds

There are no rules of what materials or technology you can use. This is entirely up to your creative intent, and what resources you have access to. 


Future designer champion

$400 Prize for the best submission

You will also be featured in and invited to our end of year exhibition. We will publish your name and work on the Future Designer’s website and Victoria University of Wellington’s YouTube channel. You will also receive a deluxe School of Design Innovation care package.

Future Designer Runner Up

$250 For second best submission

Your entry will also be a part of our end of year exhibition, you will receive a School of Design Innovation care package, and an invitation to our end of year exhibition

Extra Challenge Winner

$200 Prize for the best submission addressing the Extra Challenge

Your name and work will also feature on the Future Designer’s website


Terms and Conditions

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