Thursday, 8 May 2014

Pitch a strip to Your Days Are Numbered.

Next month's Process (June 2014) will welcome the team from Your Days Are Numbered, who will talk about putting the magazine together and how they work with comic creators in terms of assembling reviews, interviews, features and strips.
In July the YDAN team will also be putting together a gallery show at Orbital Comics and an anthology, both entitled When Will The Creeps Meet, and will give attendees to next month's session the chance to pitch an idea for a strip that could end up in the anthology.
Have a look at their outline and brief -

Your Days Are Numbered is a quarterly comics and graphics pop-culture magazine that interviews creators from in and around the industry about their work, influences, and creative processes. We also feature reviews, features, and cartoons from creators such as Krent Able, Shaky Kane, Mazen Kerbaj, Tom Scioli, and Alex Schubert.

We're publishing a graphic story collection called When Will The Creeps Meet to coincide with an upcoming exhibition of the same name. So, as part of our Process panel, we'd like you to come up with a short, A5 b&w story that features an unnamed transmission (based loosely on the UVB-76 broadcast) and pitch it to us. In what capacity the transmission is featured is up to you, it can be central to the narrative or in the background, it can be weird, or a slice of life, the story is your own. Only stipulation is that you don't explain it, that is already being dealt with. Your story should also feature a cockroach somewhere, as this is another motif appearing throughout the collection, and again this is up to you where, why and how.    
In terms of page count, space is an issue but we'd rather hear a four page idea that is sick than a stilted one page idea. We can work round it if its good enough, but 1-4 pages is the range we're after.    

You will have between 2-4 minutes (depending on how many people pitch) to tell us your idea. We would like you to tell us about your idea, outline the narrative, show us some very rough ideas (emphasis on rough, chances are the finished piece will be different from the original pitch) and any examples of previous finished work in the style you will be using. The story should be original and unpublished. In all it should be interesting, map out the total idea, and you should sell us on your idea. You should also be prepared to answer questions from the panel following the pitch, and don't worry, if we run out of time at Gosh we'll finish it in the John Snow. 

We would like to take the best pitch(es), work with you and publish it in the collection if possible. Remember this is an exercise in pitching rather than finished work and ability, so the pitch will be what our final decision is based on. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us an email, we can't help you with story ideas, but if you want anything explained then fire away.

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