2000 AD Art Stars is a brand new art competition from Rebellion, publishers of weekly sci-fi anthology 2000AD and the monthly Judge Dredd Megazine. They just published an all-ages Free Comic Book Day title called 2000AD Regen and now look to capitalise on any renewed interest – especially from the younger audience.
Star Scans, single-page pin-ups of the 2000AD characters from Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog to Dan Dare and Rogue Trooper drawn by the likes of Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Jock and Liam Sharp have run through the forty-one years of publishing the comic. And now 2000AD is opening that up to non-professionals. Sent in your entries, and the winning pin-up will be published and paid for in 2000AD.
There will be a new one every four months, and the first call is for Judge Dredd. Entries can be submitted right here.
Expect criticism that people should be able to submit their existing portfolios and be commissioned on the basis of that, rather than spending time, likely unpaid, creating such a submission.
But also expect thousands of people to do it anyway.
Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, says “2000 AD has a four-decade-long legacy of finding some of the biggest talents in comic books and we’re always on the hunt for new creators. Our usual open submissions are solely for sequential work, but 2000 AD Art Stars is a simple, direct way for budding artists to show off their skills and impress both us and our readers! We’re looking for interesting, polished pin-ups that show knowledge of the character, a good appreciation of anatomy and perspective, and a strong, confident style. This is the ideal opportunity for people to flex their artistic muscles and maybe find their break in the comic book industry. 2000 AD remains committed to discovering new comic book talent and this competition runs alongside our usual open submissions window as well as the very popular art and script competitions at the Thought Bubble convention in September.”
Entries for round one are open until 9th September 2018.