Hello all. I’ve been looking over the board and it seems without the Millarworld Talent Competition, some upcoming creatives seem a little lost.
The Millarworld Annuals were of course an awesome idea and hopefully they will eventually come back, but the Chief is understandably busy and the Millarworld Competition is not the only method of breaking into the industry out there.
I thought it might be useful to create a thread where people can discuss creative opportunities as they come across them.
I do try to post opportunities to my blog when I find them, but that’s probably a bit of a limited audience, and doubtlessly I don’t know every opportunity out there. Still, you can find my blog here - https://paulpennawrites.wordpress.com/
Now, the best opportunity in my opinion, is the Top Cow Talent Hunt which runs each year. Top Cow Productions is of course a partner studio in Image Comics.
The current Talent Hunt is over, but it will likely return in September.
That said, if you want to get an early start on it, Matt Hawkins usually announces what the next Talent Hunt is going to be about around the middle of the year, months in advance. It’s a good idea to follow him on Twitter - https://twitter.com/topcowmatt/
Every year there is also an official thread for the Top Cow Talent Hunt on the Comic Book Resources forum. Here is the one for 2017 - http://community.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?96819-OFFICIAL-Top-Cow-Talent-Hunt-2017-Discussion-Thread
The other publisher who is great at giving opportunities to new creators is Alterna Comics. You can find their website here - https://www.alternacomics.com/
This is the fourth year that they’re running their IF Anthology, a black and white anthology which accepts stories which are a maximum of 16 pages in length.
They only accept completed strips.
The theme for this year’s IF Anthology is HORROR.
This week Alterna Comics also announced that they’re launching a bi-monthly anthology title called ‘It Came Out on a Wednesday’.
They’re accepting completed strips which are a maximum of 12 pages in length and they can be HORROR, SCI-FI or FANTASY.
If anyone else knows of opportunities for upcoming creators to break into the industry or if any creators have questions, please post them here.