downthetubes Art Competition: Win a copy of Spike Greenwood’s “The Oxford Trollomicus”

Oxford Trollomicus
Art © Spike Greenwood

An intriguing art book, The Oxford Trollomicus, created by Spike Greenwood, caught my eye over on Kickstarter earlier this year and we reported on it here – a gorgeous-looking Illustrated Guide Book to the Bridge Trolls of Oxford, based on the increasingly dubious research of Professor Bulstrode Whitless.

I wasn’t the only person to like it, either, and the book gained the required backing and is now available to buy for £20 here.

But how would you like the chance to WIN a copy? Thanks to Spike, downthetubes has TWO copies to give away in our latest Art Competition – and he’s also offered some fantastic art prints for runners up!

Celebrating this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival – downthetubes will be in the Comics Clock Tower again, alongside Dan Dare Audio Adventures producers B7 Media – all you have to do is come up with a design for a Troll that you might find lurking in the underworld of Kendal or somewhere in the Lake District, or any Northern England town.

Your entry can be a cartoon or illustration, whatever your style of work.

If you’re a writer, rather than an artist, you can enter, too, by simply sending us your description of a troll in no less than 50 words and no more than 150 words!

Check out the Oxford Trollomicus web site to get an idea of the kind of approach Spike Greenwood took with his book for ideas, or simply dive right in with your own approach – it’s entirely up to you!

Our thanks to Spike Greenwood for the competition prizes. Entries will be posted to the downthetubes Facebook Page as they come in.

All entries must be sent to us by email and we must receive them by Thursday 26th September 2019 by 12 noon, UK time, sent to downthetubesnet@yahoo.co.uk – please include “Oxford Trollomicus” in your subject line!

The original announcement about this competition also featured in a recent downthetubes newsletter. Entries are open to anyone, so do pass on the challenge to artist friends! The winners will be announced in the run up to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

• This competition is organised by downthetubes and is not connected to the Festival. All submitted entries remain the © copyright of creators. Please ensure you include a contact point and art web site or social media page with your entries if you have one!

Oxford Trollomicus

The Oxford Trollomicus is a Curious Guidebook to the Curious Bridge Trolls that live in the wonderous city of Oxford. A 128 page, full colour artifact that comes in it’s own slip case, full of curious beings, odd customs and possibly libelous commentaries from the Professor of Oxonian Mythics, Bulstrode Whitless.

This most peculiar book is made possible through the truly amazing support of its KICKSTARTER Backers – who have successfully brought it into reality (though which reality is debatable), and whose amazing belief in the project means that you too can have one, even though the Project has successfully completed.

Buy a copy of the limited edition First Print from Greenspike, printed in the UK, published, and shipped to your door. Get your copy now, or don’t, the Trolls don’t care either way (they do, they really really do…).

Probably best suited to Teenagers and Adults who have not lost their sense of absurd wonder…

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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