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Friday, 6 July 2018

Mr Giggles WIP

With Halloween 3 months away I thought I'd better get a few stories created for Hallowscream as time has a deceptive habit of moving quickly when you're not watching your deadlines. So, I wrote a new script for a 3 page strip titled Mr Giggles. Then, I went fishing for an artist.

As a new approach I posted the full script on Reddit along with this message:

[UNPAID] Artist for 3 page horror script
As per title, I'm looking for an artist to draw a 3 page horror story (B&W or colour).

Sadly, I can't pay but I run a small annual horror anthology Hallowscream, which the story will definitely be included in, due for release this coming October.

As a fun experiment, I'm going to include the whole script below so you can try before you buy. If you likey, please send me a PM with a link to some previous work. The script is one of those that would benefit from having the 'right' type of artist.
Me: I've had over 30 short stories published in various indie anthologies and am currently working with a fantastic artist, found on these boards, to create a series we're planning to launch later this year.
Thanks for looking.

After dangling the hook for a day I was direct  by two artists who were interested in illustrating the script. Not an amazing response but successful nonetheless. While I was pondering which artist to choose (an artist's style needs to match the story) I received a direct email from a third artist who had found my email via the Hallowscream website and took it upon themself to sketch the first page of the story.
I've been doing this for ten years so was surprised at the artist's pro-active approach which I've never experienced before.  The artist got my seal of approval and was awarded the "job". It just goes to show that getting yourself out there and showing an eager attitude can help you win pieces for your portfolio. Mr Giggles will appear in Hallowscream 10, due for release October 31st 2018.