Sidekick Books seek creators for ground-breaking Poetry Comics project

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Sidekick Books – the award-winning publishers of collaborative books of poetry and illustration run by Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone – are publishing the UK’s first book of poetry comics, Over The Line, with support from Arts Council England, and want to publish new work.

The team behind the project, who include writer Chrissy Williams, director of the Poetry Book Fair and cartoonist Tom Humberstone, are interested in work from solo creators, as well as collaborative groups or partnerships, and will offer payment to successful contributors.

They are not looking for illustrated poems; they are looking for submissions that follow the visual structure of comics, but which focus on poetry rather than narrative.

If you are interested, download this form to find out how to submit. The deadline is 12th June 2015. If you want to know more about Poetry Comics then read some digitally on issuu; or check out Ink Brick, the first journal to focus on Poetry Comics.

If you want to find a poet or artist to collaborate with, use the #poemcomics hashtag, and tweet at @chrissywilliams@TomHumberstone or @SidekickBooks so they can retweet your request.

• A Poetry Comics exhibition runs at the Poetry Library in London from 12th May – 12th June: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/poetry-comics-1000811. Go to http://poetryandcomics.tumblr.com/ to see some examples

(Thanks to Matt Badham for the heads up on this)

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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