Darby Pop Publishing’s Third “Breaking Into Comics” Contest

– Winning writers & artists get published in Side-Kicked trade paperback reprint –

Los Angeles, CA (December 27, 2016) – It’s not easy to get a foot in the door of the comic book industry — which is why Darby Pop Publishing helps talented creators “break into comics” with an annual competition.  After the phenomenal success of their Indestructible: Stingray and The Women of Darby Pop contests, Darby Pop is kicking off 2017 with their third “Breaking Into Comics” contest which provides a new opportunity for writers and artists to get their work seen via the slightly-skewed world of Russell Brettholtz’s and Miguel Mendonca’s Side-Kicked.

Instead of contributing to an anthology or focusing on a single 22-page issue, this time around participants will compete to be one of the two 11-page stories that Darby Pop will publish digitally on ComiXology AND include as part of a brand-new physical edition of the Side-Kicked trade paperback.

Assignment: Writers will need to submit a complete 11-page comic book script focusing on one of two crime-fighting partnerships – Atalanta and Frostbite or Flying Fox and Jolt.  And your tale must feature either their first meeting or their first mission together (or both).  Artists will need to submit a pin-up page of either Atalanta and Frostbite or Flying Fox and Jolt along with one full-page example of sequential art.  The two winning artists will then bring the two winning writers’ scripts to life while working with Darby Pop Publishing’s editorial team.  All four characters – and an overall sense of the world, tone, etc. – can be found in the original Side-Kicked trade paperback and/or digital single-issues.

Prizing:  First and foremost, writers and artists will see their work published and publicized as a part of the Side-Kicked Vol. 1 trade paperback reprint AND as a special digital issue of Side-Kicked on ComiXology.  In addition, each of the winning writers will receive $100 and 2 copies of the trade paperback.  Each of the winning artists will receive no less than $200 and 4 copies of the trade paperback.

You can learn more about Atalanta and Frosbite at http://www.darbypop.com/beyond-the-cover/side-kicked-meet-the-cast-frostbite/; and Flying Fox and Jolt at http://www.darbypop.com/beyond-the-cover/side-kicked-meet-the-cast-jolt/.

Find out how to submit your finished script(s) and art at http://www.darbypop.com/events/breaking-into-comics-3-spotlight-on-side-kicked/.  Deadline is Friday, January 20th, 2017.  The winning artists will be working from the winning writers’ scripts in February ’17.

Check out the Submission Form for writers and artists at http://www.darbypop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Spotlight-on-Side-Kicked-Submission-Form.pdf.  Submissions not including signed release form will NOT be read or looked at.

About Darby Pop Publishing
Founder Jeff Kline started Darby Pop Publishing with the goal of using the visual medium of sequential art — aka comic books — to tell all-new stories. As a life-long lover of the form, Jeff convinced a small circle of his movie/tv friends to join him as he “broke into” comics after writing/producing nearly 1000 episodes of television over the past two decades. Three years and 40+ books later, Darby Pop Publishing continues to be a creator-owned labor of love.

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  1. From the publisher:

    I just wanted to inform you that the deadline for the contest has been extended to Friday, February 10th. The holidays take their toll and we wanted to give prospective writers and artists more time to put together their best submissions. Additionally, Side-Kicked writer, Russell Brettholtz, has provided a .pdf of Side-Kicked character profiles and information called Side-Kicked: Origins, which may be downloaded at http://www.darbypop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Side-Kicked-Origins.pdf