2008 Comic Book Challenge chooses MONSTER LOVE by Janet Hetherington as a Top 50 entry
Ottawa, Canada – MONSTER LOVE is on the loose! Janet Hetherington's newest comics creation, MONSTER LOVE, has been selected as a Top 50 entrant in the 2008 Comic Book Challenge (CBC) from Platinum Studios.
The Top 50 entry winners were announced July 2, 2008, on the CBC website (www.comicbookchallenge.com). Janet is very excited to have her supernatural comedy, MONSTER LOVE, to be a contender in this year's competition.
MONSTER LOVE tells the story of telephone psychic hotline operators PORTENT, GO-GO THE GORGON and SYRENE THE SEA SIREN, a.k.a. THE PSYCHIC FIENDS, whose business is facing bankruptcy. College student HILLARY SU – nicknamed QUILLARY because she breaks out in spiky quills whenever she thinks about boys – comes knocking at their door looking for help with her love life, and opportunity comes knocking too. THE PSYCHIC FIENDS decide to retool and rebrand as a dating service for real monsters, calling themselves MONSTER LOVE.
Janet is no stranger to comics about paranormal paramours and dating horror stories. She is the creator of ETERNAL ROMANCE, a self-published supernatural comic book series that parodied 1950s-70s love comics and earned a place in Trina Robbins' book, The Great Women Cartoonists. Janet also wrote stories for ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK (Claypool Comics) for six years.
"The Comic Book Challenge is an excellent venue to showcase comics from a wide variety of genres," Janet says. "I love writing and drawing humor, and obviously I love writing and drawing comics with a supernatural and romance angle. However, MONSTER LOVE is quite different from ETERNAL ROMANCE, because those comics were presented as a collection of short tales with a horror hostess, Destine. MONSTER LOVE has been designed, right from the beginning, as a complete, engaging story with a beginning, middle and end – and the story really takes off after the three pages submitted to the Comic Book Challenge."
Being chosen as a Top 50 entrant is just the first step in the process. Next, Janet must create a three-minute video pitch to submit online for judging. The panel of celebrity judges will then review the video pitch and original entry, and choose the Top 10 entrants based on the submissions. The Top 50 entrants have until July 31 to create their own, unique video pitch.
If MONSTER LOVE is selected as a Top 10 entrant, the competition then moves to online voting in August. "This is why it's so important that I promote my creation straight out of the gate – so people will be psyched up to see MONSTER LOVE as a comic book – and when the time comes, to vote, vote vote!" Janet enthuses.Janet will be attending both Comic-Con International in
San Diego and FanExpo in Toronto. For further information, contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org.