If you’re based in the UK, I’m sure that most of you are already aware that Thought Bubble Comic Con is on this weekend.
Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of September.
This is a couple of months earlier than the Con has previously been held and it’s moving to a new location in the center of Leeds.
The official website is here; http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/
This is an important Comic Con, not just because it has amazing guests like Brian K. Vaughan, Gerard Way and Ron Marz , but because it features an excellent opportunity for upcoming writers and artists to break into the comic book industry.
British based publisher Rebellion who publish 2000 AD will be holding their annual Writing Competition and Art Challenge, as per usual. Full details can be found here; http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/2000ad-competitions/
Artists will have a chance to hand in samples on the Saturday and a winner will be selected and announced on the Sunday.
At a panel on at 11.30am to 12.20pm on Saturday, writers will have a chance to get up on stage and pitch a four page Future Shock strip (a sci-fi strip with a twist ending). They will have two minutes to make their pitch, the judges will give feedback, and at the conclusion of the panel, a winner will be announced.
The judges this year are Paul Cornell, Al Ewing, Andy Diggle and Matt Smith.
Last year it was first come, first served, so if you want to pitch I advise you get there early.
More information is available about this and other 2000 AD events on the 2000 AD website; http://2000ad.com/post/2302
This is an opportunity to be published in an issue of 2000 AD and if you’re serious about wanting to break into the comic book industry, as either an artist or a writer, you won’t want to miss this chance.
If you really want to prepare, someone was recording last year’s pitching session. You can find the recording on Youtube here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz0YV4pa6FM