A very big thank you to everyone who submitted ideas and entries to Myriad Comic Cuts: a collaboration between Myriad and the award-winning comedy television company Roughcut Television (Cuckoo, BAFTA-winning People Just Do Nothing, Trollied). This was a call-out for ideas for a comedy or comedy/drama in graphic novel form that had potential for development into a comic drama series for television. We had a truly amazing entry, but we’ve come to the end of the process without there being an overall ‘winner’.
We know we were asking a lot – of ourselves as well as our contributors: it was always going to be a bit of an experiment to see if we could develop a comic idea in this way. We’ve had an amazing roster of entries, and we were hugely impressed by the range of ideas, the quality of the treatment, the variety of styles and of subject matter – and the sheer ambition of all of the entrants. Writing for comedy is not the easiest of tasks, and although there was plenty of promise that we can explore taking forward, we felt there was no one entry that stood out for development above all others.
We know our entrants have put in an enormous amount of hard work into this, and are so grateful for the opportunity of considering their work. RoughCut Television is still keen to develop a comedy TV series in this way so although the call for submissions is closed, we are still working together: the process of finding the right idea is still in progress.
In the meantime, we hope that any comics creator or writer and artist team who has not had a full-length graphic novel published will consider entering an extract of their work-in-progress for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, which is now open.
Many thanks to all our entrants for giving us such a fantastic selection of work.