Every year, 2000 AD gives new writers and artists the chance to get their first work for the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic at the annual Thought Bubble convention in Leeds.
Prospective art droids have their work scrutinsed while would-be writers must pitch their own original Future Shock in just two minutes! They’re not for the faint of heart but the competitions have launched the professional careers of some of the newest talent to grace the pages of 2000 AD.
This year, the script competition – judge by former script competition winners Laura Bailey (Demaro P.I.) and Rory McConville (Devlin Waugh) with 2000 AD editor Matt Smith and Rob Williams (Judge Dredd) – got through 12 separate entries, ranging from the wicked to the sublime! There was advice aplenty, as the judges sifted through the entries and chose their favourite.
The winner was Billy Peery with his entry ‘They Shoot Monsters, Don’t They?‘. Billy will now work with Matt Smith to turn his winning entry into a publishable script, ready to be drawn by the winner of this year’s art competition…
…who was Tony Allcock! Tony trimumphed after judges DaNi (Demarco P.I.), Tom Foster (Storm Warning) and Laurence Campbell (Judge Dredd) decided his pages showed the most promise and he was fit to join the legions of 2000 AD‘s art droids. This year’s competition attracted more entries than ever before, with every shade of potential droid from fresh-faced graduates to returning entrants.
These are the two pages from Tony’s entry and we’ve included the other entrants below – see if you agree with the judges’ verdicts!