If you’re based in the United Kingdom and you want to break into comics, then there is a fairly important event coming this September.
It’s running alongside Birmingham’s International Comic Expo (ICE) on the 15th and 16th of September.
The event will be attended by editors from both DC and Dark Horse Comics. Which is a big deal. Because while you get a lot of big writers and artists at UK Comic Cons, you don’t get a lot of American editors attending those events.
Usually if you want to meet editors you need to hop across the pond and attend the conventions in the United States.
If you want to work in the comic book industry; whether it is as an artist or a writer, you do that by getting to know editors, who can offer you work.
Not that these commissioning editors, and there is no way that you’re going to be offered a job on the spot, no matter who you meet. But the more people you know, the easier you are going to find it to advance your career.
There will also be numerous events tailored to aspiring creators on both the Saturday and the Sunday. The Saturday is aimed at comic book writers, while the focus is on artists on the Sunday.
The link to ICE Birmingham is here; https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com/
And the link to Comics Uncovered is here; http://www.comicsuncovered.co.uk/