I’ve been interviewd for an upcoming ‘Nightgig’ podcast about the comics to mobile project I help run at Rok Comics. The interview covers the company’s $10,000 Humour Comic competition which runs until end August 2007 — and the opportunities ROK Comics offers publishers and individual creators alike to create and sell strips for mobile phones.
The Gigcast is an independent popular Podcast for fans of webcomics, by fans of webcomics which this week celebrated its 100th episode.
Publishers already signed aboard ROK Comics include the Britain’s Daily Express and Daily Mirror, Egmont, Look and Learn, Markosia and more with “Garfield”, “Doonesbury”, “Too Much Coffee Man”, “Robin Hood” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” already available on site, soon to be followed by the likes of “Andy Capp”, “Garth”, “Jeff Hawke” and other classic strips.
ROK Comics also features “Half Moon Investigations“, a mobile version of a comic strip drawn by British artist John Royle based on the book by Eoin (“Artemis Fowl”) Colfer, in association with Puffin Books.
Creators publishing via ROK Comics include the critically acclaimed Chris Reynolds (“Moon Queen”), Michael Colbert and J.K. Woodward (“Crazy Mary“), Toshrio de Smeyter (“Scoff”), Steve Tillotson (“Banal Pig”), Dave Hailwood (“Ups and Downs”), Dave Berner (“Hunted”, “Shades”), Josh Alves (“Tastes Like Chicken”), startrek.com’s David Reddick, Dave Windett (“Wacky World of Animals”) and Vince Aviles (“El Profe”).
Creators and publishers can earn a 50 per cent share of revenue earned by ROK Comics on strip sales. The company has relations via its parent, ROK Entertainment, with over 30 telecoms worldwide including operators in China, Pakistan, India, South America and elsewhere.
ROK Comics launched its ‘Hot Talent’ competition with a grand prize of $10,000 in July. Simply create or upload a humorous comic strip on www.rokcomics.com and be in with the chance to win .
Full details are at www.rokcomics.com/competition.php .
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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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