2000AD has always been known for finding fresh new talent and this week’s issue is no different, as it will feature Tom Foster – the winner of the Portfolio Competition at the 2013 Thought Bubble comic art festival.
Already well known in indie comic press circles for his work on projects such as Disconnected, and as an illustorator and designer whose credits include work on the film The Yes Men Fix The World, he is to have his first professional strip published in tomorrow’s issue of the legendary weekly anthology.
Tom, who was also a runner up in the 2012 Portfolio Competition, pipped to the post that year by Gavin Mitchell, was chosen by a panel of top 2000AD talent as the winner of the third portfolio competition at the annual convention in Leeds, UK. The prize was a paid gig at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and this week’s issue, 2000AD Prog 1886, features Tom’s work – a black and white Terror Tale entitled ‘Done Deal’, written by Alec Worley (Age of the Wolf) and lettered by Ellie De Ville.
The Terror Tales are just one incarnation of the Future Shock – 2000AD’s famous four-page self-contained stories – which have long been the ‘testing ground’ for new talent, providing early work for well-known creators such as Alan Moore, Jock, Grant Morrison, Alan Davis and Richard Elson.
This will be the fourth year Rebellion has collaborated with Thought Bubble to give budding artists the chance to work for 2000AD. The previous year’s winner was Will Morris.
“To my mind, 2000AD‘s portfolio competition at Thought Bubble is the best thing any comics publisher is doing to encourage new talent at the moment,” says Tom “It gave me exactly what I needed as a newcomer: the right place at the right time – and I’m thrilled to have been given that chance.”
“Tom’s work immediately stood out when I saw it at Thought Bubble as accomplished and very capable,” commented 2000AD editor-in-chief, Matt Smith. “He’d done a good job working from the sample script – his character design and storytelling were spot on, and he was clearly ready to appear within the pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.
“Anyone thinking of entering the 2014 TB portfolio competition would be urged to do so as you never know where it may lead!”
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