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Design a Heavy Metal magazine cover.

**CHALLENGE EXTENDED! We're having so much fun seeing the sheer awesomeness of your submissions, we don't want it to end, so we're giving you another week to wow us. Get your design in by May 11, 2016 at 23:59:59 US/Central.**

Here's your chance to add your name to the impressive list of artists who've graced the cover of Heavy Metal magazine.

Since 1977, Heavy Metal magazine has been home to the weirdest, wildest, wonderfulest, WTFest illustrations you’ve ever seen. And Threadless is home to some of the most weirdly wonderful artists in the world.

Travel to the darkest, most fantastical corners of your imagination. Create a design that will fit perfectly into the legendary history of Heavy Metal while making us exclaim, “How did they think of that?” Test your creative limits, but stay within the confines of the magazine’s cover using this submission kit. The final cover will include the official Heavy Metal logo, so feel free to incorporate it into your design submission.

Just think. Moebius, Frank Miller, H.R. Giger, Bernie Wrightson, Richard Corben, Julie Bell, Aaron Horkey, Mike Mitchell, Jack Kirby, Ron English, and YOU. It can happen.

Challenge Details

  • GRAND PRIZE: One design will be selected to be featured on the cover of Heavy Metal. The artist will receive $2,000 cash, a $250 Threadless gift certificate, a 10-year subscription to Heavy Metal, and a full set of Lord of Light collection prints.

  • RUNNERS UP: Two designs will receive $750 cash, a $250 Threadless gift certificate, and a three-year subscription to Heavy Metal.

Designs From This Challenge

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Guest Judges

Kevin Eastman, Publisher

Kevin Eastman turned his childhood love of comics and science fiction into a pop culture phenomenon with the creation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with partner Peter Laird. Self published in 1984, the comic’s first issue sold out of its 3000 copies overnight and quickly became a fan favorite. Eastman and Laird maintained full control of their creations while guiding them through toy licensing, TV series adaptation, and feature film exploitation, and by 1989 TMNT reached number one in all three categories. In between TMNT projects, Eastman established the Words and Pictures Museum of Cartoon Art; created an artist friendly publishing company, Tundra Publishing, where projects like The Crow, From Hell, and American Splendor first flourished; and purchased Heavy Metal magazine. Currently spending most of his creative time working on a new TMNT series with IDW Publishing, managing his fan club, preparing to launch his newest project Lost Angeles, and editing Heavy Metal, Eastman resides in San Diego with wife and business partner Courtney, son Shane, and a few insane Dachshunds.

Grant Morrison, Editor-in-Chief

Grant Morrison is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed writers in the medium of comic books. Credits include Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Invisibles, The Filth, WE3, Happy!, Klaus and many more. He has also completed best-selling runs on Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Batman, Superman, New X-Men, and JLA and is currently working on a series of Wonder Woman graphic novels. Most recently he has been collaborating on film and television adaptations of some of his stories. He is also a prominent Chaos Magician. He spends four months of the year in West Hollywood and the rest of the time in Scotland, with his wife Kristan, two cats, and a menagerie of stray and wild animals which rely on their charity.

Jeff Krelitz, Co-CEO

After cutting his teeth as a screenplay consultant for the likes of Richard Donner, Oliver Stone, Wolfgang Petersen, Trilogy Entertainment, MGM, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, and The Walt Disney Company, Jeff Krelitz became an executive in motion picture development at Columbia Pictures for former Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger's production shingle, Art of War. As Heavy Metal co-CEO, Krelitz has piloted the company’s rebranding, from the legendary magazine to film and TV endeavors. Under Krelitz’s direction, Heavy Metal launched a stand-alone comics line with Hoax Hunters and served as production company on the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Current projects include a live-action adaptation of the Image comic Peter Panzerfaust and Red Brick Road, a sci-fi tinged Wizard of Oz sequel for Warner Bros. Television.

Brian Witten, President

A lifelong fan of the magazine, Brian Witten balances his role as president of Heavy Metal with a successful film producing career. Some of his productions include Spawn, Mortal Kombat 2, American History X, Dark City, Final Destination, The Wedding Singer, Little Nicky, Chernobyl Diaries and the reboot of Friday the 13th. Prior to independent producing, Witten served as president of Fangoria Films, the film division of the bestselling horror magazine in the world, as well as Executive Vice President at Paramount Pictures, where he oversaw such movies as Vanilla Sky, Without a Paddle, Longest Yard, Four Brothers, Mission Impossible 3, War of The Worlds, and was instrumental in the acquisition of Transformers and G.I. Joe. Witten’s current projects include Stephen King’s Cell with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack and a reboot of The Blob, also starring Samuel L. Jackson.