Let’s hop in the time machine for a moment and go back to July of this year.
I made a few posts on this site about a competition I had entered…a little thing called the Titan Comics Undiscovered Talent Competition (cue loud, boomy music) where UK publisher Titan Comics was accepting original submissions in an effort to give exposure to fresh blood in the comic book industry.
To enter the contest, artist/writer teams had to create a 4-6 page all-ages submissions from scratch based on the theme “lost in space.”
In that same previous post I mentioned that while I wanted to enter the competition, I didn’t have any ideas for a story. Then, as with all good stories, when I least expected it, an idea struck. Over the course of a morning I penned a humorous 4-page comic called ADRIFT and took to Twitter seeking an artist to team up with. Those fateful Tweets led me to Alex Diotto, artist of the comic book Southern Dog at Action Lab Entertainment. He wanted to draw something funny…and as it turned out, I had something funny that needed drawn. It was a match!
One month later after Alex finished the inked pages, I slapped some letters on those bad boys and we fired them over to Titan Comics and said, “Here you go, have fun.” (Not verbatim.)
Alright…we’re all caught up…we’re jumping back to the present.
A week ago Alex and I got an email from the organizers of the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (being held in October in the UK) who chose finalists for the contest before letting the editorial staff at Titan Comics make the tough decisions, saying that our little comic was named as one of six winners in the competition. Out of 40 entries, our silly tale of aliens and astronauts made quite an impact on the judges.
So…I ask you…how cool is that?
Answer: It’s pretty darn cool.
An official announcement of the winners will take place next month at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Oct. 17. Hopefully we’ll have more info to share at that time about the release date.
As for Alex and I? We’re just getting warmed up.