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Announcing the 2016 BREAKING INTO COMICS Contest Winners

Written by Kristine Chester | 3 Comments | Published on August 25, 2016
The content that follows was originally published on the Darby Pop Publishing website at http://www.darbypop.com/press/announcing-the-2016-breaking-into-comics-contest-winners/


Los Angeles, CA (August 23, 2016) – Darby Pop Publishing is pleased to announce the winners of its second “Breaking Into Comics” contest.  After hundreds of submissions were reviewed, and the top writers and artists were selected, Darby Pop created “teams” — with selected Artists bringing the winning Writers’ scripts to life for the ultimate anthology book, The Women of Darby Pop #1. Featuring 11 all-new stories, The Women of Darby Pop #1 (Diamond Code: JUL16 1751) releases to local comic book shops on September 28, 2016.

Writer Artist Story Female Character Darby Pop Series
Mark Weller Tony Donley “Work-Life-Balance” Atalanta Side-Kicked
Michael Thompson Danny Flores “Youth is Wasted” Ayala Tal Dead Squad
Andre Mateus Kate Davis “My Sister’s Keeper” Charli Fake Empire
Adam Breen Elvis Gonzales “Past Due” Cynara Veil Dead Man’s Party
Austin Bridges Christopher Sisneros “Clinical Trials” Dr. Nash Dead Squad
Matthew Cody Kenya Washington “Ride Along” Lucy Fake Empire
Adrian Reynolds Danny Flores “Freetown” Mary The 7th Sword
Brett Harris Pedro Moreo “Looking for Redemption with

Blind Eyes”

Stingray Indestructible
Richard Casey Lee Bokma “Life’s Beauty” Superfecta 5 The 7th Sword
Forrest C. Helvie Nikkol Jelenic “The Fairy Queen” Titania Fake Empire
Jeff Burns Brent Hibbard “First Time” Atalanta Side-Kicked


“With our second ‘Breaking Into Comics’ contest, Darby Pop Publishing has tried to give aspiring comic book professionals an opportunity to get a foot in the door – and get published,” said Kristine Chester, the book’s Associate Editor.  “Plus, we’ll be introducing comic book readers to a wellspring of new talent.”

The winners of Darby Pop’s “Breaking Into Comics” contest are writers and artists with reservoirs of passion, and varying degrees of experience.  Last year, with her young-adult mystery comic, Ma Douce Rose, 17-year-old Kate Davis was a winner of the “Future of Comics Contest” held at the Baltimore Comic-Con Kids Love Comics Pavilion.  Austin Bridges has a background in playwriting and is co-creator of an episodic radio adventure series Mermaid in Manhattan.  Matthew Cody is a professional novelist with published works in historical adventure (for kids), science fiction (for teens), and retro-pulp (for adults); his credits include the book Powerless.  Among his various creative endeavors, scriptwriter Adrian Reynolds is co-creator and writer of the science fiction web comic Dadtown.  Forrest C. Helvie is co-creator and writer of a children’s graphic novel, The Adventures of Whiz Bang: The Boy Robot.  Jeff Burns is creator, writer, and director of the Super Knocked Up web series.  Brent Hibbard has been working on 2-page kids’ comics for Kids Prize Pack, a monthly subscription box service. And the list goes on and on.

The two things the majority of the aforementioned Creatives have in common:  a lifelong passion for comic books, and the dream of earning a living in the comic book industry.

Back in April, Darby Pop Publishing put out a call for the best short scripts (4 pgs. maximum) and sample art featuring (at least) one female character from Darby Pop’s lineup including heroes and villains such as: Stingray, Princess Power, and Gaia from Indestructible; Chloe from City: The Mind in the Machine; Superfecta 5 and Kathleen from The 7th Sword; Angela Garcia from Doberman; Vargas, Ayala Tal, and Dr. Nash from Dead Squad; Atalanta from Side-Kicked; Cynara Veil from Dead Man’s Party; Charli, Lucy, and Jill from Fake Empire, etc. etc.

And the call was answered.  In spades.

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 more than 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.