Titan Comics has just announced it is teaming-up with the Lakes International Comics Art Festival to launch a competition for unpublished comics creations.
The competition goes live today (Thursday 1st May) and is an exciting opportunity for fledgling comic creators to submit completed short stories in the graphic medium, with a “Lost in Space” theme.
The winning entries will be announced at the second annual festival between 17th – 19th October 2014, and published by Titan Comics as a digital exclusive anthology release via the digital platform, ComiXology.
The Lakes International Comics Art Festival, which takes place in Kendal in Cumbria and debuted last year, celebrates the very best comic art from across the world, from cartoon strips to superhero comics and manga to non-fiction graphic novels.
“We’re really excited to run this competition with The Lakes International Arts Festival,” said Titan Senior Editor Steve White. “New creators are the life-blood of this industry. Without them we wouldn’t have new comics or new ideas! We’re thrilled to give them a platform to shine!”
“Our festival is all about creating new audiences and finding and nurturing new talent so this competition is dynamite!” said festival director Julie Tait. “It’s fantastic to be collaborating with one of the UK’s leading comics producers and to bring a new dimension to our festival in just our second year.”
The closing date for entries is 30th July, 2014, with the winners hand-picked by the Titan Comics editorial team, after initial judgment by the Lakes Festival team led by Katie White who will manage and undertake first sit of entries and myself. I’m pleased to be involved, given my past and present credits. which include editor of Doctor Who Magazine and Overkill at Marvel UK and Titan Magazines’ first Managing Editor.
• For full details on the competition, which is open to both British and international creators – including format specifications and conditions – visit the festival website: www.comicartfestival.com/titan-undiscovered-talent-competition. Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now. Sign up for the Festival’s newsletter here for the latest news on the event
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.