Harley Quinn #1's artist has been found, and Chad Hardin will be taking on the duty for the new ongoing series when it officially launches in December. Of course, there's still Harley Quinn #0 in November 2013, which sees Hardin and several other artists "competing" for the job with Harley herself as the judge.
For that special issue, one lucky fan will have their artwork included. DC announced the talent search yesterday, with the full rules and the extra tidbit that Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, DC's co-publishers, will be judging the contest themselves. The contest is accepting submissions from now until October 1, 2013, and the winner's art will appear alongside artists like Bruce Timm, Paul Pope, and more.
Some fans have reacted negatively to two aspects of the page of script for the contest, however. One is that Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, the writers on the book, specified that Harley be naked in a panel where she's depicted in a bathtub. Palmiotti explained on his facebook page that the inclusion of the naked description is so people don't just draw her in her costume, as that would not fit the scene.
The other is that the panels in question show Harley in suicidal situations. The dialogue, not included in the script description, Palmiotti clarifies, will show that Harley is in these ridiculous situations and is objecting to them, breaking the fourth wall and telling the readers that the writers have gone too far. As he said, context is everything, "The test script is the way it is because it is part of a whole script, out of context. Hope people can understand its like coming in to a movie a hour in and thinking you know everything."
Potential artists interested in trying out can submit their entries here.