Amber Mastrobattista, a senior graphic design major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, recently won the first Pop Art Bookmark contest held by the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on campus.
Votes were accepted from the University community and online via Facebook. A total of 248 were cast. Mastrobattista won 82 of those votes. Contestants were asked to submit a bookmark design with comic books as the theme. Mastrobattista created the superhero character, “Library Girl.” On the top half of her bookmark, the red-clad superhero soars above a city with the caption, “Even superheroes enjoy their downtime,” with an unidentified student reading a book on the lower half of the bookmark.
Mastrobattista was awarded a $25 dollar gift card to Barnes & Noble for winning the contest. The contest will be held annually, and the designed bookmarks will be free and distributed to students. Although the library has created bookmarks on their own, this year, it was decided to have the students submit art work to create the first contest. University graphic design professors have agreed to make entering the bookmark contest part of their curriculum.