By Michele Brittany
If you are an aspiring comic book writer, then opportunity is knocking at your door. Now through Wednesday, October 22, Darby Pop is holding a contest to find the best script for a one-shot issue. Darby Pop, whose titles are distributed through IDW, is looking for an aspiring writer who will spin a story centered around Indestructible character Stingray, an aquatic superhero who has fallen on hard times from a series of bad decisions. She is adrift and waiting for some writer to come in and tell her story.
You can find out more about Stingray in the first four issues of Darby Pop's Indestructible, which has been collected into volume one and is available at either the publisher's website store or through Comixology. The publishing company is leaving the story up to you: you can write a character back story, a story concurrent with the series, or even after the series. They encourage you to use any of the other characters from Indestructible. However, they did offer up two pieces of advice. One, they ask that the writer be mindful to avoid story conflicts with the series' story arc. And two, they would prefer to see a story that is more personal and telling of Stingray.
Once you have your story written, you need to put it in script form – that's dialogue and panel details – that is in a comic book script length of 22 pages. If your script is chosen, it will be published by Darby Pop with you receiving credit in an IDW distributed comic book. Darby Pop will pay you $500 (script fee) and host your release party, tentatively planned for next spring! And, if your script is not selected, you will still have had your script read by their editorial team.
Find out how to submit your script here.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of the forthcoming title James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company). She regularly posts reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage genre on her blog, Spyfi & Superspies and can be followed at Twitter @mcbrittany2014.