Lancaster Comics Day Children’s Comic Competition Launched

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Are there aliens in your dustbin? Is a gorilla living in your ginnel? As part of Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 14th June at Lancaster Library which features comics guests including Image and Marvel Comics writer Andy Diggle and Doctor Who artists Dave Taylor and John Ridgway, organisers are challenging young comic creators to come up with short illustrated stories that tell stories of life as it might be in in the city (or nearby!) – in comic strip form.

They’re looking for two page comic strips featuring your very best ideas, whether it’s rockets blasting off into outer space from the Ashton Memorial or stories of a chance encounter on a Lancaster street that can be true or completely made up – as long as it’s a story you have told and doesn’t use copyrighted characters.

Entries must be received at Lancaster Library by Thursday 28th May 2015 and the team, which includes comics editor John Freeman, will pick five winners from each entry age group who will win some comic-related prizes courtesy of local comic shop First Age Comics in Moor Lane, Lancaster.

Good Luck!

More about Lancaster Comics Day, whose guests include writers Andy Diggle, Eddie Robson and Tim Quinn and Doctor Who artists Dave Taylor and John Ridgway

• Fancy a spiffing “Another Day Out” t-shirt, featuring art from Lancaster’s very own Really Heavy Greatcoat comic strip by John Freeman and Nick Miller? Buy one now from Cafepress!

Lancaster Comics Day 2015 Children’s Drawing Competition Rules

  • Your comics must be presented at A4 (210 mm width x 297mm height) or A3 (297 x 420mm) size and can be in pencil, ink or full colour.
  • All entries must be handed in at Lancaster Library reception by 12 noon on Thursday 28th May 2015. You can also email your entries (using the same dimensions as for paper entries) to follmembers@gmail.com – . (Use WeTransfer or other file-sending services for big files)
  • All entries must be accompanied by a contact name, address and parent’s telephone number (if under 16) or email which will be used solely for the purposes of informing the competition winners. Include these separately to the entry or written on the back of paper entries.
  • There are two age groups: 10 and under and 11-16. Five winning entries will be selected by the judging panel which will include John Freeman, former Marvel Comics editor
  • A selection of entries may feature in an exhibition on or around Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 14th June at Lancaster Library
  • The judges’ decision on winners is final.
  • The Lancaster Comics Day team regret that entries cannot be returned without a stamped addressed envelope

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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