The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is getting into the comic book business . . . sort of.

The museum launched an online contest Monday inviting fanboys and fangirls everywhere to submit their ideas for an L.A.-set comic book storyline featuring an original superhero or a villain. Contestants must send in three to five images of character designs and/or storyboards, plus a one-page synopsis of the plot.

LACMA is holding the contest in conjunction with its fall exhibition "Heroes and Villains: The Battle for Good in India's Comics," which is tentatively set to open Oct. 17. The museum says the exhibition "will draw connections between ancient Indian epics and contemporary India's booming comic book industry."

The contest winner will have his or her drawings featured on the LACMA website.

-- David Ng

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