Aged 18+? Make your own comic with FREE mentoring. Deadline: 29/03/19

breakthrough comic mentoring

Ever wanted the chance to publish your own comic about what real life is really like? Apply for the BREAKTHROUGH free mentoring programme. Deadline: 29th March 2019.

Application details

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply
  • Applicants must never have published comics professionally before
  • Applicants must never have studied art or creative writing in Further Education
  • Underrepresented voices are especially welcomed
  • 6-10 places available
  • You’ll attend at least three two-day workshops every 6 months – travel, accommodation and materials expenses will be paid for by the scheme

At the end of the initiative you’ll be invited to LICAF 2020 in mid-October 2020 (tbc). Your travel, two nights’ accommodation and evening meals will be paid for by the initiative.

Why is this comics mentoring scheme important?

Superheroes have gone mainstream but comics don’t just exist to tell the stories of men in tights. Real stories can be told through comics too.

BREAKTHROUGH is an 18-month mentoring initiative set up by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, in conjunction with Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust Fellowship, Soaring Penguin Press, Quarto Books and other partners. It aims to give under-represented individuals a chance to express themselves through comics and to hopefully open up the chances of a comics career.

BREAKTHROUGH wants to mentor stories that reflect what it is like to live on or below the poverty line, concerns about identity and place in society, health and wellbeing and what it means to be a UK citizen. This can be done through fiction, comics journalism, autobiography or any genre that applicants feel is right for them.

Who should apply?

This free comics mentoring scheme is open to any UK citizen aged 18+ who is underrepresented in comics. This includes the BAME and LGBT communities, but we are also particularly interested in applicants from poorer, working class backgrounds; those with mental wellbeing concerns or Special Educational Needs,  and people living in rural areas.

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How to apply

You don’t need any experience in creating comics – you’ll get full training as part of the mentoring scheme.

Send in a completed form and some examples of your creative work (comics, poems, personal essays – whatever you like).

You’ll be taught the skills and techniques of using comics to tell your story of what it is like living in Britain.

You’ll get face to face workshops (you won’t need to pay for your travel) and remote one-to-one mentoring to help you complete your comic strip.

Find out more and apply

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