The 2000 AD Thought Bubble Talent Searches Go Online For 2020 – Get Your Entry In Now!

by Richard Bruton

The 2020 Thought Bubble 2000 AD writer and artist search can’t take place in person this year – but that doesn’t stop you from entering this year, you’re just going to have to do it online!

Damn this Covid. It’s affecting so many of us, affected society in so many ways. But we’re beginning to see something of the new normal, and things are coming back to us slowly and surely – just a lot more online!
And the 2000 AD & Thought Bubble writer and artist search is just one of those. Every year, at the Thought Bubble Comics Art Festival, plucky young (or old) possible writers and artists step forward with their pitches and their artwork to go before a panel of specially selected judges (not Judges – that would be a little too harsh) to see if they’ve got what it takes – think of it as Dragons’ Den meets the Nerve Centre.
The prize for the talented winners is paid work at 2000 AD, with previous winners including Rory McConville, Liam Johnson, Laura Bailey, Robin Henley, Paul Williams, Tom Foster, Daniel Dwyer, Will Morris, Billy Peery, Tony Allcock, and Tilen Javornik. All of the winners saw their work in print in the pages of 2000 AD, with plenty of them getting more work at 2000 AD and Rebellion.
As every year, artists will need to draw their own version of a four-page Future Shock script, while would-be writers need to make a two minute or less Future Shock pitch. Of course, with Covid still here, things have to be different and that’s why the judging panel this year will be an online thing. Selected entries will be presented to two online panels of top 2000 AD talent who will give their judgement and pick two – one artist and one writer – to get paid work at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic!
All entries must be submitted following the guidelines by 9pm GMT on October 18 2020.
Full terms and conditions and more details can be found here.
It’s a genuinely great chance to get your foot in the door of the comics industry, a chance to get paid comics work, and a stepping stone to potential greatness. So, what are you waiting for???
You can find an interview with the 2019 winner, Liam Johnson and Robin Henley here, and here’s the first couple of pages from their first 2000 AD work – the Future Shock, A.I. Love You from 2000 AD Prog 2182


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