are the most frequently asked questions about the
rules. If you have a question and would like to see
it appear here, please email it to email@example.com.
An email update will be sent to all contestants when
a FAQ has been added. It is the duty of the contestants
to read the FAQs so that they fully understand the
Artists must publish at least one strip a day from
Monday to Friday. Anything above and beyond these
requirements will be ignored for the purposes of this
contest. (Revised Apr 5/05)
Q: Do I have to keep my entire archive up? (Dec/05)
A: No. However, you must keep at least the 10 previous
strips up in your archive.
Strips must be a minimum of two panels - two single
panel strips are acceptable. Artists may produce one
single panel strip per every 10 strips. This is not
cumulative. There must be at least 9 strips of two
panels or more between each single panel strip. (Revised
Q: What if a strip clearly has more than one panel,
but does not have panel borders? (Apr
A: Panel borders are not a requirement. If a comic
strip clearly has (at least) two different scenes/frames/etc..,
then it is considered a two panel strip.
Here are some examples of strips that have more than
one panel, but do not use panel borders: Stephen Burrell's
of Thought and Karl Kauffman's Fatstuff.
Q: Does a strip that has a title panel or a panel
that is completely text count as two panels?
A: No. To be considered a two panel strip, the
comic must have imagery in each panel.
New work only. No posting of old strips.
Q: If I draw more than one strip in a day, can
I use one for the following day's update?
A: Yes. There is nothing against building a buffer
for this contest. This rule is in place to prevent
people from posting strips that they drew month/years
ago and using it as their daily update.
Q: Can I repost the same artwork as a previous
day with new dialog (ala Dinosaur
No posting of random sketches or pin-ups in place
of comics. (Revised Apr 5/05)
Q: What constitutes a random sketch?
A: This rule is in place to prevent people from just
scanning a random page out of their sketch book and
posting it as an update.
pin-up is gernerally just an action pose of a character
To be considered a comic strip, updates must include
some sort of narrative/story.
is what we would consider a random sketch update (courtesy
Strips must be posted by Midnight
PST. Meaning, each day's strip must be published
by the end of the day (i.e. Monday's strip must be
published by the end of Monday).
If an artist cannot post strips for a period of time
(ie vacation, etc...), they must post strips for days
to be missed in advance or find someone to
update their sites for them. (Rev. July 11/05)
Q: Does this mean that I can have a guest artist
draw my comic in my absence? (July 11/05)
A: No, guest artists are not allowed. Daily Grind
artists can collaborate with other
artists (i.e. jam strips), but the Daily Grind artist
must contribute at least two panels to each strip
(or one panel if there has been 9 strips since their
last single panel strip).
Q: Can I post one long comic that is more than
10 panels long and use it for the entire week's update?
A: Because of the varying nature of each artist's
stories and storytelling methods, there is no rule
as to whether each update must be a self contained
strip or a continuing story. This is up to the artist.
HOWEVER, each strip must be posted as a seperate image
file. If you are posting comics for the entire week,
you must post 5 separate image files. This is so we
can easily tell where you are making the divisions
and to provide some sort of idea that there was some
thought put into the updates.
If an artist needs to post strips somewhere other
than his/her regular site, they must post a link to
the strip in the Daily
Grind forum. Artists may post strips in the forum
as proof of completion.
The contest is over when only one artist remains.
Artists can't agree to give up together in an attempt
to split the pot.
Payments for this contest cannot be made by Paypal
as per their Gambling
No excuses. Computer meltdown? Hit by a car? Better
luck next round.
Q: Can an artist publish a separate comic other than
his/her normal one for 2 of the 5 days? (April 8/05)
A: As long as an artist is publishing 5 comic strips
a week (monday through friday), they are fine.