Thursday, 12 May 2016

Lancaster Comics Day Challenges Comic Creators to Create Local Heroes

Art by Nick Miller


Are there aliens in your dustbin? Is a gorilla living in your ginnel? As part of Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Lancaster Library, organisers are again looking for comic strips that tell stories of life as it might be in Lancaster.

The team behind the event - which will include appearances by artist Sean Phillips, writers Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel and many more - are looking for comic strips featuring Lancaster as it (probably) has never been seen in real life.

"We ran a similar competition last year and we had some fun entries," says co-organiser John Freeman, "but this year we're widening the age range so anyone can enter!

"We're looking for comic strips (no more than two pages in length) featuring your very best ideas, whether it’s rockets blasting off into outer space from the Ashton Memorial or stories of a chance encounter on a Lancaster street. "The stories can can be true or completely made up – as long as it's a story you have told and doesn’t use copyrighted characters."

The competition challenges artists (and writers, working with an artist) to create your own heroes, or simply tell a comic adventure set in or around Lancaster and Morecambe. Just make sure there's something distinctively Lancastrian about your tale!

"If you'd rather just draw a one-off illustration inspired by Lancaster or nearby, that's fine, too," says John. "We just want everyone to have fun with this competition.

Entries must be received at Lancaster Library by Sunday 5th June 2016 and the LCD team will pick five winners from each entry age group, who will win some comic-related prizes.

The winners will either be decided on Lancaster Comics Day or announced on the Lancaster Comics Day web site and social media after the event, depending on the number of entries received.

The Rules
  • Your comics must be presented at A4 (210 mm width x 297mm height) or A3 (297 x 420mm) size and can be in pencil, ink or full colour.
  • All entries must be handed in at Lancaster Library reception by 12 noon on Sunday 5th June 2016. You can also email your entries (using the same dimensions as for paper entries) to follmembers@gmail.com – use WeTransfer or other services for big files)
  • All entries must be accompanied by a contact name, address and parent’s telephone number (if under 16) or email which will be used solely for the purposes of informing the competition winners. Include these separately to the entry or written on the back of paper entries.
  • There are three age groups: 10 and under11-16 and 18 plus. Five winning entries overall from all three groups will be selected by the judging panel which will include John Freeman, former Marvel Comics editor
  • The judges’ decision on winners is final.
  • The LCD team regret that posted or hand delivered entries cannot be returned without a stamped addressed envelope


• For more about Lancaster Comics Day visit lancastercomicsday.uk | Find Lancaster Comics Day on Facebook | Follow Lancaster Comics Day on Twitter @LancasterComics

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