Okay, this is it. The thirteen winners of the 2016 New Talent competition.
Before I say the names, I just want to thank everyone for taking part. New talent is what keeps this thing we love going and I’m delighted to see more brilliant people coming through every year. I also want to thank Jim and all the guys and girls who volunteered here at Millarworld to read through the hundreds of story submissions for each character and picking the best ones for me to read for each franchise. It made this a HELL of a lot easier and I thank them for their time and their friendship. This was even harder than last year. You also only need to look in the art thread and the hundreds of submissions I pored through this week to find the best seven to see how hard this was.
I also want to thank all you guys for supporting our books as always in 2016. I feel Greg Capullo on Reborn, Frank Quitely on Jupiter’s Legacy, Rafael Albuquerque on Huck, Wilfredo Torres on Jupiter’s Circle and Stuart Immonen on Empress is the best year we’ve ever had creatively. We’re so, so proud of the books this year and we’re chest-deep in the movies for two of them at the moment and one for TV already. A crazy bunch of announcements next month for 2017 so stay tuned for some madness. Fox’s version of our Old Man Logan comic is out in Spring and Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out in Autumn, but there’s A LOT you don’t know yet and I can’t wait to see your wee faces.
Okay, THE WINNERS:
Empress by William McLaren
Kick-Ass by Emma Sayle
Nemesis by Steve Lawrence
Supercrooks by Martin Renard
Huck by by Stephanie Cooke
Superior: A story called SYMPTOMS by a writer who’s name isn’t actually on his script, but he’ll know who he is
Cover artist : Rob Doyle
WHAT A LINE-UP.
I’m wrapping up for the year tonight as tomorrow’s my birthday and my oldest brother has just appeared with a bottle of whiskey. We’ll be in touch with everyone first week in January to talk about the stories and prepare for everyone to get going. The stories are all brilliant, but I want to get some second drafts done and I’m going to be working with each of you personally on these before they go to the artists. Like last year, I want the annual out late Summer and I really do think this is going to be something special.
Some great people here, some folk we know from around the comics scene online and familiar faces getting their first taste of mainstream comics. I’m especially pleased to see Rob entering, a brilliant portrait artist I found online and used for a Big Issue cover last year. he NEEDS to get into comics and I urge any editors reading this now to hit he and all the people above ASAP. That art thread especially is a treasure true comic book companies should be plundering for new talent!
So all the bets, my chums. I hope Santa is good to you over Christmas and I look forward to catching up with you all first week in January when I’m back at work. Have a lovely Christmas and a great New Year and congratulations again to the brilliant people above for their exceptional work.