British Comics Shop turns Comics Maker!

First Age ComicsLancaster based comics retailer First Age Comics isn’t just selling comics – its making them.

Earlier today, shop owner Mark Braithwaite announced via Twitter that he’s looking looking for 1-5 page stories over the coming weeks for First Age Comics #1, a new anthology title.

“It’s been on the drawing board for some time,” he says. “We just needed to iron out the crinkles.

The appeal is aimed at newcomers to the comics form who have never been published and want to know what it’s like putting a comic together, “whether it be for experience, your portfolio or merely to see what it’s like to go from idea to printed page.

“It’s still early stages but already it looks like it’ll be a fun project.”

At this stage, First Age are asking creators to send them a synopsis summarising a story. Submissions are open to artists and writers: if you haven’t an artist, FA will sort that out at a later date.

“No artwork required at this stage,” Mark says. “Just a brief summary of the story and how many pages you expect it to fill.

There’s just one caveat: this is definitely an all ages project, so no bad language, nudity and gore.

“We’ve got kids sending material in and want them to be able to pick up their own comic,” says Mark. “First Age Comics 1 is open for all ages we’re expecting kids to submit their comics.”

• Pitches should be submitted before 31st March 2010 and you should send them by post, to: Mark Braithwaite, First Age Comics, Assembly Rooms, King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN.

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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