Applied Comics seeks comic writers and artists for new 

The Fisk Jubilee Singers (seen here at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893) performed at Newcastle's Tyne Concert Hall, as did many other black entertainers.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers (seen here at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893) performed at Newcastle’s Tyne Concert Hall, as did many other black entertainers.

Lydia Wysocki over at Applied Comics Etc has dropped us a line appealing for comic creators to work on a great new project with a Civil Rights theme.

“We’re making a comic to give children age 8-14 some context about the civil rights history of Tyneside,” she tells us. “We need six comics artist-writers.

“It’s paid work with realistic deadlines, for print and digital versions of a comics anthology.”

Tyneside Radicals (working title) builds on the group’s previous comics such as True War Stories, Spineless and Asteroid Belter.

” We want to make another comic that communicates specific information and is a good comic in its own right,” Lydia explains.

Whilst the wealth of British cities such as Liverpool and Bristol was built on the profits of the slave trade, the people of Tyneside offered support and a safe haven to those who abhorred slavery in the United States of America.

“This new comic gives a series of snapshots of the local history of civil rights without attempting to be a complete history of this huge subject.”

Applied Comics Etc was founded by Lydia Wysocki, building on the Newcastle Science Comics project she led with a team of seven editors, who continue to work as a team.

The six chapters are:

  • Introduction and conclusion
  • Equality before the law (John Lilburne; Thomas Spence)
  • Freedom from slavery (Olaudah Equiano; Frederick Douglass and the Richardson sisters)
  • Right to political participation (Joseph Cowen; Emily Wilding Davison)
  • Right to work (Jarrow Marchers; Ellen Wilkinson)
  • Right to migration, right to asylum (Basque Children’s Committee; other content TBC)

“We need six contributors (individual comics artist-writers, or existing comics artist-writer teams),” Lydia expands. “We have academic researchers who are keen to work with comics creators as consultants on the content and accuracy of each chapter.

“There is however no expectation for academic researchers to learn how to draw and write comics, or for comics artist-writers to become academic researchers.

“As always, we’re open to a range of art/writing styles,” she emphasises. “It’s essential that you have experience of making comics, but we’re open to contributors we have or haven’t worked with before.

“We want to work with comics creators from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, based in the North East and elsewhere in the UK.”

• If you’re interested, contact Applied Comics etc via lydiaATappliedcomicsetc.com for more information. Applications must be submitted by 22nd May 2017

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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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