Consider yourself infiltrated!! Hehe!
First off, i love the site, and forum. It kicks arse. I really dig your 'monthly sequential challenge' too, will probably join in from October!
Anyway. I've from that 'other rugby and cricket playing country' called South Africa.
Here, the local artists are, for the first time standing up to be counted. Our local industry is basically non existant, and 99.95% of comic sales here are sales from American/Japanese, and some European stuff. I started Comicworx with a friend to try and give local artists exposure, as well as get more people involved in reading and buying comics. AND ITS WORKING!
We recently had a ComicJam, with 24 random artists from accross the country, some work was international level, some was crap (well, it was), but the point is we're starting to create an awareness which was not there before.
Here's the Comicjam page link:
Just click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.
Here's the winning covers:
Anyway. This topic is to propose a possible inter-continental comicjam contest between South African guys, and Aussie! Say 12 artists from each country working off the same script? I think it would totally rock, and help build a support group.
What do you think??
I'm thinking (the way we did the first one) is you have one script, but 'localise' it. What we did with the first comp (the 8pages) the Capetown artists made it play off in Capetown (you'll see table mountain etc in the background) where the Gauteng team had it play off in Pretoria (the capital).
So in the same way, we can have a story playing off in johannesburg/sydney/melbourne/pretoria with your own characters designs and place references. So each 'team' will have a local feel to it.
Our site's been up and running for like...5months, and our forum (http://comicwrx.5.forumer.com
) already had 110members in such a short time. I think it would be cool to have 'your team' work up here, and out team work on our site, and reference each other, build a community etc.