The winner of the opportunity to design a ComicScene Batman and Joker cover, receive a cash prize of £150 and see their cover in newsagents and comic shops across the UK has been announced. The lucky winner is Jon Mitchell.
Jon’s work was one of several potential covers by readers of the fastest growing magazine about comics and comic culture in the UK, ComicScene. The covers will appear on the front of issues 7 & 8 of ComicScene Magazine, which will also have articles on Frank Miller’s Dark Knight, Mike W Barr and Alan Davis work on Detective Comics, 30 years of the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman movie, the Batman Animated adventures and the new Joker movie. The illustration will also appear as a pull out poster in issue 8 alongside fellow entrants. This is part of a series of articles that have appeared in ComicScene over the last year, celebrating 80 years of the Batman.
Publisher Tony Foster explains why they ran the competition, “In one of his articles for ComicScene the creator of 2000AD Pat Mills suggested getting your artwork in ComicScene may be a good way to get into working for professional comics. We’ve been talking about the exciting comic work in the indie and small press sector and sharing some fantastic comics to a wider audience inside the magazine for some time now. So we thought what better exposure could an artist get than designing a cover, so why not run a competition to do so.”
“When the work from Jon came in it was a unanimous winner with the judges. The quality of work from everyone was fantastic but Jon had obviously given consideration to what would work well as a cover and had given attention to both the characters of the Batman and the Joker equally. His image works well as a poster but literally jumps out at you as two strong quality covers. They are fantastic pieces of work and we are very lucky to be able to share it with our readers.”
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