By Michele Brittany, a West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
After receiving an overwhelming response to their recent writing contest to come up with the best one-shot story about Indestructible character Stingray, Darby Pop has announced their winner. The IDW-distributed publishing company reviewed over 170 scripts as part of their "Break Into Comics" writing contest in which writers had to come up with a 22-page script and panel directions about the hero turned villainess, Stingray, from the company's premiere series. According to Darby Pop's founder and Indestructible creator, Jeff Kline, "We were thrilled by how many quality scripts we received." And, Managing Editor Renae Geerlings added, "There were several scripts that we all would have been happy to publish." However, there could be only one and that honor went to Jeff Marsick of Fairfield, CT.
Marsick is no stranger to writing comics. He has two creator-owned series out, Dead Man's Party and Z Girl and the 4 Tigers from Studio Z, and he is a regular contributor to the Newsarama website. With lots of competition, how did Marsick stand out from the crowd? "Mr. Marsick's [script] was professional, tonally consistent with Indestructible, and featured strong dialogue," said Kline, adding, "[he] came up with something I hadn't really considered…but that should work remarkably well within this universe."
Marsick's script has earned him a $500 script fee. His one-shot, titled Indestructible: Stingray, will feature cover art by Jeff Langevin, which is his first foray into comics. Readers can expect to see the issue at their local comic book shop in early May next year and online at Darby Pop.
"We truly appreciate the efforts of all who participated," Kline said. Those who submitted will be receiving a free iTunes code to download Doberman #1, a Darby Pop title, as a way of saying "Thank you".
If you missed this contest opportunity, Marketing Director Joshua Cozine has said not to worry because "the results have given us the confidence to reach out to the fan community again." Check Darby Pop's Facebook, Twitter (@darbypopcomics) and Instagram for another competition sometime in the near future.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of 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.