Thursday, July 07, 2016

Leam Comic Con Celebrates 'Small Press Day' By Launching #SmallPressFactor Competition

My local Comic Con, Leamington Spa’s award-winning Leam Comic Con, is offering independent comic creators the chance to raise their profile and win a table at their 2017 event.

Launching on Small Press Day 2016, a celebration of self-publishing, DIY culture, and grassroots comics across the UK and Ireland on Saturday July 9, independent comic creators are being asked to enter online and submit a short video about themselves, the comic and the inspiration behind it.

"Leam Comic Con is dedicated to keeping our comic con about comics and a big part of that is supporting small press creators and local talent alongside mainstream comics," said Dan Mallier, creator of Leam Comic Con. "By launching the 'Small Press Factor' competition, we’re aiming to discover talented independent comic book creators and give them a helping hand in promoting their work."

Entrants must be an independent creator that has published a comic on or after January 1 2015 and will have until November 30 2016 to submit their work for judging. The judging panel, made up of industry experts and enthusiasts, will be rating entries on originality, artwork, lettering and story. The winner will be declared by December 1 2016.

The winner will get a free exhibitor table at the next Leam Comic Con to be held at The Spa Centre on March 25 2017 as well as promotional support before and during the event – and will also be awarded the Small Press Factor 2016 logo for use on their marketing material and the opportunity to appear on a future edition of The Awesome Comics Podcast.

'Small Press Factor' Competition Guide and Terms and Conditions
  • You must be the creator, or have permission from the creator of an independent comic book (small press) that must have been published on or after January 1 2015.
  • Entrants must be available to exhibit at Leam Comic Con 2017 on March 25 at the Spa Centre in Leamington Spa.
You will be required to complete an online entry form and submit a short video, no longer than 3 minutes in length between July 9 and midnight on November 30 2016.
  • You will be required to post three copies of your comic to Leam Comic Con at 37 Ashmead Road, Hanwell Fields, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 1AA or email a digital version to
Entries will be judged on originality, artwork, lettering and story. The winner will be announced by December 1 2016.

The Prizes

The prize is a 6ft by 2ft table at Leam Comic Con 2017 on March 25. The winner will receive a ‘Winner of Leam Comic Con Small Press Factor 2016’ logo to use on their marketing material, as well as the use of a promotional pop-up banner on the day of the event. The winner will also be promoted by Leam Comic Con on its social media channels and the opportunity to appear on the Awesome Comics Podcast at a date and time to be agreed by the producers. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable