Comics Uncovered conference for aspiring comic creators wins Lottery Award

Superman by Steve Rude

Do you think you’ve created the next Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Batman or the next X-Men?

Or would you like to be the next artist to draw Superman or Green Arrow?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next big thing in Comics there is now an event designed to help you achieve that dream, and it’s being supported by the Arts Council of England.

Comics Uncovered is a unique event like no other and it’s happening in Birmingham City Centre on Saturday 2nd August, specifically for budding creators of Comics and Graphic Novels.

As well as the usual portfolio reviews from major publishers like DC Comics and Titan Comics you can expect a cornucopia of creative seminars, workshops and master classes conducted by some of the biggest names in comics.

Guest speakers include DC Comics Group Editor Joey Cavalieri, Humanoids UK Editor and comics expert Tim Pilcher, writer Ian Edginton (2000AD Dark Horse Comics), Emma Vieceli and visionary British writer and artist Bryan Talbot (Grandville, Sandman).

Delegates to the conference will also be able to learn directly from artists like the legendary Steve Rude (Superman, Nexus), Tank Girl’s Rufus Dayglo and Marvel US colourist Marie Javins, with further demos and classes from other renowned creators.

If you think you have come up with the greatest comic character or story since Alan Moor’s Watchmen you will be able to meet with distributors like Diamond Comics to find out how to publish and distribute their own comics into shops in the UK and the US.

So whether you are looking to be an artist, writer, colourist or even an editor there really is something for any one with the ambition and talent to work in comics professionally

The event will be rounded off by a fun networking party in the evening, where the aspiring artists and writers can meet other creators and make further contacts in the relaxing informal environment of the venue’s stunning roof garden atrium bar.

• To find out more and to book tickets, (which are £65 per person) visit the conference website at:


The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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