This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con held a pre-con “Future of Comics Contest” courtesy of their “Kids Love Comics Pavilion”, and the winners have just been announced. And each one of these creators are truly outstanding. What’s even more amazing is the fact that all of these writers and artists are under 18.
Trinity McKnight, Eric Mann, L.J. Fowlkes and Kate Davis are this year’s winners. You’ll get to see more of them, and their art, in the Kids Love Comics Pavillion this year, as these winners have now secured themselves a spot in that highly coveted area.
Congratulations to these amazingly talented kids…looking forward to seeing their work in print (or on my tablet!)
Read on for all of the details, including examples of the winners’ work!
2015 Future of Comics Winners
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 21, 2015 – The 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con occurs this September 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards are now available — click here to purchase yours now!
The Baltimore Comic-Con continues to shine as the best comics event for families and young artists. This year, the Kids Love Comics Pavilion held its first “Future of Comics Contest.” Young comic creators were invited to submit their own comic creations in hopes of winning a spot in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion to sell their books and art. “We had some excellent submissions for this year’s contest,” said John Gallagher, Executive Director of Kids Love Comics.”It was tough choosing the winners, but we have a great lineup of impressive storytellers.”
The winners of the 2015 Future of Comics are:
Ma Douce Rose is the title of the young adult mystery comic by 16-year-old Kate Davis. She tells an eerie tale of a girl in Paris and a mysterious man captured by her beauty. Working digitally, Kate has created a very professional level quality comic. Staying on this path, she will have comic companies knocking on her door in no time.
“I laughed out loud when I read CHIBIWONGTONG,” said Mark Mariano, Senior Director of Kids Love Comics. The Adventures of CHIBIWONGTONG is the fast-paced humor comic by 10-year-old L.J. Fowlkes. Truly capturing what it is to be a kid in today’s modern world, CHIBIWONGTONG is a cute little cat who shares crazy adventures with his twin-brother-owners. L.J’s love of Sonic the Hedgehog inspired him to improve as an artist and create his own comics. We can’t wait for more adventures!
Drawing since he was able to hold a pencil, Eric Mann is a 17-year-old that has mastered the use of that pencil. His slice-of-life comic, Forward, gives us an inside look at high school. From rock bands to relationships, Eric tells his story with detailed art and excellent pacing. He enjoys drawing cards and gifts for people. “Time spent drawing is more precious than something bought in an instant,” says the young artist. With a mindset like that, we look FORWARD to more great work from Eric Mann.
For her submission, 12-year-old Trinity included detailed backstories for all the characters in her superhero comic The Crime Catchers. “She has such a huge imagination!” said Chris O>Matic, Event Showrunner of Kids Love Comics. Being very passionate about comics, the young creator hopes to make it her career. “I’d like to share my stories with people other than the children in my neighborhood,” she said in her submission. Trinity will be able to do just that at the Baltimore Comic-Con.
Congratulations to all of the winners.
The Future of Comics row is part of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion. It features over 30 family friendly comic creators and inspiring workshops every hour.
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!