Observer/ Cape/ Comica Graphic Short Story 2017 Competition Launches

Observer/ Cape/ Comica Graphic Short Story 2017 Prize PosterAre you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels and Comica have again got together with the Observer newspaper to offer you the chance to see your work in print and win £1,000.

Now in its 11th year, it’s an opportunity to get your work read by industry experts; this year’s judges are writer Phillip Pullman (whose own graphic novel, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship, was published last month), Stephen Collins (author of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil), Rachel Cooke (Observer), Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape), Paul Gravett (Director, Comica Festival) and Suzanne Dean (Creative Director, Vintage).

The first prize is £1,000 and publication in the Observer New Review. The runner-up will receive £250 and their work will appear on theguardian.com.

Last year’s overall winner was Matthew Dooley, whose previous works include the self-published comic Meanderings. As we reported here, his four-page story, “Colin Turnbull: A Tall Story“, which you can read here, wins £1,000 cash and was published in the Observer New Review. He’s since self-published The Practical Implications of Immortality, which is available to buy digitally here.

Richard Woods won in 2014 with ““The Giants Of Football‘ and Alexis Deacon won in 2014 with “The River“.

• The deadline for entries is Friday 29th September 2017. Open to UK residents only, sorry! Entry form here (PDF)

• Emily Haworth Booth, who was the winner of the Graphic Short Story Prize 2013 for “Colonic” (which you can read here on The Guardian web site), offers some sage advice to creators about the competition here on the Comica web site

The Observer/ Guardian web site has a tag page for the competition detailing past winners, interviews with creators and the winning comic strips 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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