Competition / Nom Nom Nom

A3 Comic Competition

So. Here are the results for our A3 Comic Competition (First prize = 2 tickets to see Usagi Yojimbo at the Southwark Playhouse!). All the entries are also currently on display in the Barbican Library. A very big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part – we couldn’t have done it without you. 

By Shangomola Edunjobi

Ok yeah – on first reading Scarlet seemed a little bit lightweight and juvenile compared to our other entries (I mean – I thought hitmen/assassins and that kinda played themselves out back in the 1990s). “How do you destroy a legacy?” etc seemed like it was just a little bit too boiler-plate for my tastes. But each time I reread Scarlet I noticed a cool new little detail and more of the story made sense to me: the scar on the back of Scarlet’s back, the newspaper clippings on the wall, the Sniper King’s facial hair, the groove where the ring used to be on his finger (I mean – I would spell out what all this stuff means – but I don’t want to spoil the fun of you working it out yourself). The other entries all had a lot to recommend them: but this is the one that felt the most dense with stuff (or to use a slightly more highfalutin word: “narrative information”) and the one that managed to make one page of A3 feel like a window into a much wider and deeper story.




On The Desolation of Remote Scottish Lighthouses    By Matthew Dooley

With a light touch and a beautifully dark sense of humour this is the comic that made us giggle the most.  Nicely understated and thoughtfully put together. Like reading an old sea shanty. 
By Candice Purwin
This comic had the nicest artwork of all the entries. The black ink swimming in from the edges nicely encapsulates the tragic sense of loss that haunts the page. 
Average Heroes       
By Peter Jones
This comic seemed like the opening introduction of a series. Very in-your-face sense of style. Particularly liked the beard hanging out the edge of the panel. 
The Life of Scrabble the Donkey    
By Billy Vigors
This is a comic about Scrabble the Donkey. I don’t know if there’s anything more that we can add to that. 

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