2000AD and Thought Bubble Festival partner again for 2016 Talent Search

Will you join artist Tom Foster on 2000AD thanks to this year's Thought Bubble challenge? (Art from "Sinister Dexter: Shady as Funt" by Dan Abnett, Tom Foster, Ellie De Ville, in this year's 2000AD Summer Special)
Will you join artist Tom Foster on 2000AD thanks to this year’s Thought Bubble challenge? (Art from “Sinister Dexter: Shady as Funt” by Dan Abnett, Tom Foster, Ellie De Ville, in this year’s 2000AD Summer Special)

Calling all budding writers and artists – this November could be your big chance to break into comics, courtesy of 2000AD and the Thought Bubble Festival.

During November’s Thought Bubble convention in Leeds, 2000AD will once again stage the only talent search of its kind in the UK – and two lucky creators could be walking away with paid work with the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic!

It’s Dragons’ Den meets the Nerve Centre as hopeful writers and artists will compete for the chance to win paid work for 2000 AD at the weekend-long convention in Leeds, UK, with top creators sitting in judgement at special panels.

Writers will be given two minutes to pitch their idea for one of 2000AD’s legendary Future Shocks before a live audience, while artists will be judged by a live panel of established creators on how well they have drawn a set script.

All entry details and the script are now posted here on the Thought Bubble web site. The script for this year is “The Timeless Assassin” by last year’s script competition winner, Rory McConville.

The winners will be joining creators such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Jock, Brian Bolland, Frazer Irving, Charlie Adlard, and many more who got their big breaks in the pages of 2000AD (although not, it should be pointed out, in this way). Former competition winners include artist Tom Foster, who has gone on to draw “Storm Warning” for the Judge Dredd Megazine, as well as “Future Shocks” and an already-iconic Judge Dredd cover, plus Rory McConville, now a “Future Shocks” and “Tharg’s 3riller” writer.

The six best entries and ultimate winner will be shown at a special 2000AD portfolio review panel at the Thought Bubble Comic Con on Sunday 6th November.

Matt Smith, editor of 2000AD, said: “This is a unique opportunity for budding comics artists and writers – I’m not aware of any other competition like this in comics where you don’t win a “maybe”, you win actual paid work. It can sound daunting, but the panels are great fun and there’s real talent on show here.

2000AD has an almost 40 year history of discovering the hottest new talent and over the past few years we’ve found some truly fantastic creators. I’m looking forward to seeing what Thought Bubble 2016 has to offer.”

The Thought Bubble Festival is the UK’s largest event of its kind – an annual celebration of sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superhero comics to independent and small-press artists and writers. A non-profit-making organisation dedicated to promoting comics, graphic novels, and animation as an important national and international cultural art-form, Thought Bubble is now in its 10th year, culminating in a special two day convention at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, UK.

• Please note: you’ll need a valid Thought Bubble Comic Con ticket to enter this competition which can be bought here

Full details of this years 2000AD/ Thought Bubble Festival Challenge here

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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