Blow the trumpets! Sound the horns! Art Monkey has finished looking through the HUGE pile of wonderful entries we had for the HOW TO CREATE AWESOME CHARACTERS competition.
You might already know ART MONKEY from his weekly comics-making challenges in the Phoenix Comic strip HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS. But he sometimes does a spot of moonlighting! THIS challenge ran in the Waitrose Weekend newspaper on December 20th, 2011 and we've been getting oodles of aces characters through the post every day since. The contest officially closed on January 31st and now our resident critic and cartoon-conjuring maestro ART MONKEY is ready to announce the THREE LUCKY WINNERS of his highly coveted TOP BANANA AWARD FOR ABSOLUTE ARTISTIC AWESOMENESS!
But first … our scrutinising simian has requested that we give a special runners-up commendation to the following young artists…
Azura Stones for CATTAUR!
Alex Price for CHICK-BOT!
Sylvie Slinger for SNAPAD THE ROBBER MOUSE!
Well done, guys! Art Monkey commends you most highly!
AND NOW: WE PROUDLY PRESENT THREE AWESOME COMICS CREATORS AND THEIR WINNING CHARACTERS…
FOREST ROMAN CREATURE by Jacob Decmar
SAUCEPAN MAN by Emma Philips!
MR FENTON BOND by Joanna Joseph-Tebbutt
CONGRATULATIONS! Postie has been instructed to visit you all with official TOP BANANA CERTIFICATES and very rare Phoenix Comic badges. And Tabs and Chops – the Phoenix Comic's editors have just told us that your characters will feature in The Fanfare in Issue 11 of The Phoenix! Wahoo!
And don't forget … there's a new ART MONKEY CHALLENGE in every single issue of The Phoenix – and worksheets on the HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS page to help you plan your entry. So go on – grab your pens and get to it!
PS Art Monkey and his colleague Professor Panels have asked us to thank pencil-sharpener in-chief Neill Cameron for his assistance in coming up with the challenges. Thank you, Mr Cameron!