Chris Murray drops us a line to alert us to the Second Annual Dundee Comics Prize, which is being run by the University of Dundee and the Dundonian publishers DC Thomson. This year the idea is to re-create a long-forgotten early British superhero, The Amazing Mr X, who appeared in the Dandy back in 1944 for fourteen episodes, drawn by Jack Glass, then made a brief return in the 1962 Dandy annual, under the brushes of the great Dudley D Watkins, since when the character has largely been forgotten.
The challenge is for creators to bring The Amazing Mr X back to life in a form that is suitable for contemporary readers. Entries should consist of a “two to three page origin story and a cover image featuring your interpretation of this classic British superhero”. The winner will be published in DCT’s Sunday Post and Dundee University’s Anthology, plus a prize of £500, with two runner-up prizes of £250 each. The deadline for submissions is October 1st, and the prize, judged by a panel of comics pros and academics, will be announced at the annual Dundee Comic Day on October 28th, with an exhibition of art planned for the Comic Day events as well. For more details check the University of Dundee site here, and there’s more background information on The Amazing Mr X here.