Comic book challenge has a fantasy quest
STAFF at a comic book shop are calling on aspiring graphic artists and cartoonists to transform them into fantasy characters.
Dan Slater, who owns The Comic Book Shop Chestergate, is inviting anyone who’s a dab hand with a pencil to design the shop’s new logo and include drawings of staff Sarah Crisp, Alex Blaikie and himself in comic book style poses.
The competition is open to all ages and the prize includes £100 in cash.
The winner will also have their design featured on the shop window, the website and on any promotional material, including Facebook and Twitter.
They will also be able to claim a percentage of the sales on products that feature their design.
The shop, which opened in February, is the only one of its kind in the town and sells comic and film related goodies, as well as the latest comic book ranges.
Dan, 30, who is an aircraft engineer during the week but has a lifelong passion for comics, said: “It has been really good since we opened. We had a free comic book day on the first Saturday in May and we had them lining up round the corner to come in.
“There has been a lot of excitement about the shop. People are really happy we are here and that they don’t have to go into Manchester anymore.”
The intrepid collector, who has been hooked on comics ever since his dad came home with some boxes his friend was throwing away, has now amassed 20 boxes of comics containing around 5,000 issues.
His favourites are new Vertigo series Suiciders, with its futuristic spin on gladiators, and gritty sci-fi series Invisible Republic, described as ‘Breaking Bad meets Bladerunner’.
He added: “It’s the escapism I love about comics and I love sci-fi too.”
Dan’s most valuable comic is a New Mutant issue 98, the first appearance of the superhero Dead Pool, which would probably sell for £250 to £300 today.
He said: “Opening the shop was something I always wanted to do, it’s a dream come true.
“I would love to work in the shop full-time, it would be awesome, but not yet.
“We are hoping for at least 100 entries to the competition.”
Send entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org, via Facebook or post them to 70 Chestergate, Macclesfield, SK11 6DY.
●● Alex Blaikie, Sarah Crisp and Dan Slater at the Comic Book Shop