ASHCAN Awards: Writer nominations include Tom Ward, Jasper Bark

Tom Ward. Photo courtesy Tom Ward

Tom Ward. Photo courtesy Tom Ward.

Hearty congratulations to Tom Ward, creator of the excellent indie comic Merrick: The Elephantman, a title we’ve been enthusing about on downthetubes for quite a while now.

Along with others that include the equally talented Jasper Bark (whose new book, Bloodfellas, published by Markosia, is out now) and Luke Cooper (Hollow Girl), he’s been shortlisted for the Ashcan, Alternative Showcase Hub for Comics and Animation writer of the year award.

ASHCAN is a not-for-profit group for independent comics and animation creators to showcase work and network. This year sees their first Annual Awards, with nominees in all categories set to be announced in full on Monday 15th June.

“It’s starting to feel like maybe I’m kinda ok at comics,” says Tom, whose next public appearance is at Lancaster Comics Day this coming Sunday, where he will take part in a “Breaking Into Comics” panel as well as selling his own books.

• Check out Merrick: The Elephantman here: www.merrickcomic.co.uk

• Check out ASHCAN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/682926355113730/

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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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