Alterna Comics – It Came Out on a Wednesday

It Came Out on a Wednesday

It Came Out on a Wednesday

This week Alterna Comics announced the launch of a new comic book series called It Came Out on a Wednesday.

This series is going to be a bi-monthly anthology.

If you have a 12 page completed strip which is suitable for teens/young adults, then you can submit it to this new anthology on the Alterna Comics submissions page.

12 pages is the maximum, there is no minimum page requirement.

Color or black and white will be accepted.

That means that writers and artists need to team up if they want to submit something.

Alterna Comics are looking for Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories.

The work is unpaid, but creative teams will receive 100 complimentary copies for strips 6 pages and under, and 150 complimentary copies for strips which are 7 pages or more.

So, if you’re an upcoming creator looking to exhibit at a comic con, this is perfect for you.

A short story competition will also be running with the winner getting a $20 gift card.

Details can be found on the Alterna Comics website; https://www.alternacomics.com/icooawsubmission

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The Oral History of Image Comics

Image Comics

Image Comics

While I’m sure most people coming onto this blog will be aware of Image Comics and it’s history, some may not be, or at least, might not know the details.

If you want to be a comic book writer or an artist, then it’s important to know the history of the industry and the different companies that you might want to work for.

Syfy Wire recently did a short web documentary series on the foundation of Image Comics and it’s history.

It’s free to watch. You can find it here; http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/watch-the-oral-history-of-image-comics

It’s a good series with a great set of interviews with those that were involved. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Image Comics.

Aces Weekly – Projections

Aces Weekly

Aces Weekly

Aces Weekly is an ongoing online British anthology series created by David Lloyd, who is probably best known for illustrating V For Vendetta.

The website can be found here; http://www.acesweekly.co.uk/

Aces Weekly is subscription based and costs just £1 a week.

Recently Ace Weekly has featured my strip “Projections” in a slightly altered form from when it was originally published in FutureQuake.

You can find “Projections” in Aces Weekly Volume 30, Week 7; http://www.acesweekly.co.uk/vol30-issue7

Alterna Comics – IF Anthology Horror

Alterna Comics

Alterna Comics

Submissions are now open for the Alterna Comics IF Anthology for 2018. This will be the fourth installment of the black and white anthology.

The theme for this year is HORROR.

The maximum page found is 16 pages and there is no minimum.

The early deadline will be on May 1st, 2018.

The final deadline is on June 1st, 2018.

The IF Anthology accepts only completed strips, so that means that writers need to team up with artists.

Further details can be found on the submissions page here; https://www.alternacomics.com/if-anthology

We also know that the IF Anthology for 2019 will have the theme of HOPE. The information was included as part of a previous Kickstarter.

Here it is; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/petersimeti/if-anthology-crime-published-by-alterna-comics?ref=discovery&term=if%20anthology

So, if you want to start thinking ahead, then you can. The submissions guidelines for 2019 should match up with the guidelines for 2018.

Cyber Force Rebirth: Artifacts, Vol. 3

Cyber Force Rebirth: Artifacts, Vol. 3

Cyber Force Rebirth: Artifacts, Vol. 3

To coincide with the relaunch of Cyber Force in March, Image Comics/Top Cow Productions are releasing the Cyber Force Rebirth: Artifacts, Vol. 3 trade paperback. This will be followed by Cyber Force Rebirth Vol. 4 later in the year.

Cyber Force Rebirth: Artifacts, Vol. 3 mainly collects the first half of the free Cyber Force: Artifacts series which was released on Line Webtoon (the second half to be released in Volume 4), but as a bonus they are also including the material from the Cyber Force: Artifacts #0 one shot which featured stories written by Kelly Bender, Camilla Zhang and, you guessed it, me.

My contribution was an eight page story titled “Weaponeer” which starred Aphrodite IV and was illustrated by Jim Towe.

To see my work reprinted in a trade paperback is really exciting news and more than I could’ve hoped for, as Talent Hunt stories usually haven’t been collected.

Here is the link to information about the trade paperback on the Image Comics website; https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/cyber-force-rebirth-artifacts-vol.-3-tp

I did wonder when I was told that the one shot featuring my story would be titled ‘Cyber Force: Artifacts’ if some sort of link would be made to the Line Webtoon series.

Originally the three Talent Hunt stories were to be used as backup strips and when the plan was made to gather them together in a one shot, it was going to be called ‘Cyber Force: Cyberdata’.

This later changed to ‘Cyber Force: Artifacts’.

I was aware that there were plans for the web series to be collected together in print, at the time I hoped that might mean my strip might end up getting reprinted too, but I wrote it off as wishful thinking, not ever really expecting for it to happen.

So, I am truly beyond happy at the news.

Cyber Force Rebirth: Artifacts, Vol. 3 is released in March. I hope if you’re reading this, that you pick it up.

Cyber Force Rebirth Vol. 1 and Cyber Force Rebirth Vol. 2 are already available at comic book shops and online.

Zarjaz #29

Zarjaz #29

Zarjaz #29

Back in November, Zarjaz #29 was released by FutureQuake Press. It included a strip titled ‘Ghosts of Mega-City One’ by yours truly.

If you’re unfamiliar with Zarjaz, it’s a 2000AD fanzine put out by FutureQuake Press, featuring the characters from that magazine.

2000AD is a British based comic book known for such characters as Judge Dredd.

‘Ghosts of Mega-City One’ is a Tales of Mega-City One strip, which is to say, that it is a strip set in the world of Judge Dredd, which doesn’t feature Dredd himself.

Here is the page for Zarjaz #29 on the FutureQuake website (you can also purchase the issue from here too); http://www.futurequake.co.uk/zarjaz/zarjaz-29/

Here are some posts on the FutureQuake blog which relate to Zarjaz #29 as well;

https://futurequake.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/zarjaz-29-now-available/

https://futurequake.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/zarjaz-reviews/

Thought Bubble & 2000 AD

Thought Bubble 2017

Thought Bubble 2017

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

London Super Comic Con: Schedule

London Super Comic Con

London Super Comic Con

I’m eagerly awaiting the London Super Comic Con, which takes place on Friday the 25th, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of August.

If you live in the United Kingdom and you like comics, or like me, you want to break into writing comic books, then this is an event you simply can’t miss.

The schedule is up on the London Super Comic Con website; http://londonsupercomiccon.com/schedule.html

I thought I’d take a look at it and share what I’m planning to get up to over the weekend.

London Super Comic Con Friday Schedule

London Super Comic Con Friday Schedule

I’m considering starting off Friday by going to the Orang Utan Comics panel (14.15 to 15.00). I’ve seen them set up at Cons before and it would be good to learn more about them and their titles.

Afterward, I’m going to be queuing up early for the Brian Michael Bendis Masterclass (16.15 to 18.15). It’s a bit frustrating that the first Valiant panel is on at the same time, but the Masterclass is the main reason that I’m heading down to the convention.

I’ve already got my ticket for the Masterclass. I really can’t wait to hear all the knowledge that Mr. Bendis is going to be sharing with the attendees regarding writing and the business of comic books.

Afterwards there is a Breaking Into Comics panel (18.30 to 19.30) which is going to feature both Erica Schultz and Dan Slott. As someone who wants to get work in the industry, who wants to get talent scouted, this is a panel that I don’t want to miss.

London Super Comic Con Saturday Schedule

London Super Comic Con Saturday Schedule

I will be returning on Saturday and handing in my Script Portfolio first thing. While portfolios are getting reviewed on the Friday as well, with all the other panels I want to attend, I simply won’t be free during those review slots.

The first panel I’ll be going to this day is the Diversity In Comics panel (11.30 to 12.30). As someone who is gay, diversity in the medium is of course something which is important to me, so this is a panel I feel the need to attend.

That will be followed by the DC Rebirth panel (12.30 to 13.30), which as the only DC Comics panel at the show, is something I’d like to go to if I can manage it.

Afterward I hope that I will be able to attend the Valiant panel (13.45 to 14.45) and the Bendis: Streets of Marvel panel (15.00 to 16.00). However, if I am able to get my portfolio reviewed, then it will overlap with one of these events.

I primarily go to Comic Cons because they provide an opportunity to network and learn more about my craft. Yes, I am a fan and yes, I love comics, but as someone who wants to build a career writing, that needs to take priority.

London Super Comic Con Sunday Schedule

London Super Comic Con Sunday Schedule

The last day of the London Super Comic Con will be Sunday, and while I expect that I’ll be completely exhausted by this time, I still plan on having a packed and fun filled day.

My first stop will be the Comics and Education panel (11.00 to 12.00). With such guests as Erica Schultz, Dave Gibbons, Dan Slott and more, this should be a really interesting and informative panel.

Next up is the Emerging Creators panel (12.15 to 13.15), which is another panel about building a career in the industry, so this is something I must attend. You never know what advice you might pick up, that might help you move from being an aspiring creator to a working professional.

Lastly, after taking a break to wander around the Con and relax (or possibly collapse), I’ll be going to the Reimagining Spider-Man panel (14.45 to 15.45) or should that be Re-imagining Spider-Man panel? You have two of the biggest creators working on Spider-Man at the moment – Slott and Bendis, at the Con, so it will be interesting hearing what they have to say about Marvel’s biggest character.

It’s going to be an absolutely massive weekend. I hope that I’m going to have a lot of fun and come away even more inspired than before.

Strip Samples

Hallowscream #8

Hallowscream #8

Over the coming weekend I’m going to be down at the London Super Comic Con. This will hopefully present me with the opportunity to network, reach out and meet new people.

If I do hand out a business card to anyone, they might find their way here, so I thought it would be a good idea to provide some links to some free samples of my work.

I’ve posted two very early unpublished strips on my blog here;

Strip – Born To Serve

And here;

Strip – War Games

You can also find my first strip which was published in the small press here;

Strip – Projections

Lastly, here you will find an additional link off-site to Hallowscream, which is free to access and features another strip written by me;

Tomb World

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.

Stop the Hate Anthology

The Red Skull, a Nazi supervillain

The Red Skull, a Nazi supervillain

Over the past month the events in Charlottesville, and what followed, have stirred up a lot of strong feeling in the United States and abroad.

One reaction was the #ComicHateNazis hashtag started by Gail Simone, showing comic book characters standing up to fascism, usually by socking Nazi villains in the jaw.

Marvel Mystery Comic #44

The Human Torch and Toro take out a Nazi super plane.

Another reaction was by Adam Ferris, who suggested on Twitter putting together a charity anthology, spotlighting stories designed to explore the issues and maybe even turn back the tide of hate.

This is his original post here;

Twitter Post by Adam Ferris

Twitter Post by Adam Ferris

You can find Adam’s Twitter here; https://twitter.com/Adam_Ferris_Art

I think it is a remarkably clever idea and a good cause.

I’m already thinking up some ideas of my own and I would encourage others to get involved.

The deadline for pitches and samples is on the 12th of September.