In 2010, the Leeds-based comic festival Thought Bubble launched its very own national award with the support of Arts Council funding – and the second Northern Sequential Arts Competition has just been announced.
The Northern Sequential Arts Competition is a new annual prize which is open to all artists and writers living in the UK. Budding artists and writers were invited to create their very own one page comic book story, and all the entries were judged by a leading panel of industry professionals, including 2000 AD Editor Matt Smith, Imagine FX Editor Claire Howlett and Marvel’s Spider-Man Editor Steve Wacker.
Six winning entrants will see their work published by Image Comics this year in a special Thought Bubble anthology which will also includes original work from leading international artists and writers including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), Andy Diggle (The Losers), Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Mike Carey (Lucifer) plus many more.
Thought Bubble is on the look out for new one page comic book story creations. Once again, all entries will be judged by an industry panel and the winners will get to see their stories printed alongside the work of established artists and writers in a special Thought Bubble anthology which will also be distributed worldwide.
The competition is split into two age groups, 12 – 17 and 18 +
• Full details on how to enter can be found at www.thoughtbubblefestival.com
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.