I think Rory had been writing comics for some years before he won the 2015 pitchfest, so he already knew how to get the job done, had a portfolio to demonstrate talent, and probably had several ideas for stories in the kitty. Me: I’d never considered writing comics, and did the pitchfest for a dare. I even tried to turn up ‘too late’, but there were only five people in the bloody queue at the time. Rory’s doing a cracking job, and I think he’ll soon get a big character to work on.
The Thought Bubble pitchfest is an amazing experience; two minutes that are simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating. Looking back, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done (I lead a quiet life), and I would recommend anyone interested in writing, of any kind, to try it.
My advice to anyone thinking about pitching is watch the Thought Bubble video and make notes of the judges’ critiques of the eleven pitches. We all made the same sort of mistakes, most of which are forgivable, but the key is to have a complete, coherent story with a real twist at the end.
I’m sure the good people on this forum would give honest feedback to draft pitches, so why not have a go? The same goes for the submissions process. I’ll certainly have something ready to post on this year’s opening day