Darby Pop Announces the Winners of its 3rd “Breaking Into Comics” Contest

Darby Pop Publishing has announced the winners of its third “Breaking Into Comics” contest. This year’s victorious scribes are Adam Breen, courtesy of his script “Gauntlet” (featuring Atalanta and Frostbite), and Richard Casey, thanks to his effort “Pick (Up) a Card” (featuring Flying Fox and Jolt).  Bringing Breen’s and Casey’s scripts to eye-popping life will be winning artists Steven Defendini, a teacher at North Bergen High School (in New Jersey), and Gary Deslauriers, an elementary art teacher with an MA in Art Education from Rhode Island College. Both 11-page Side-Kicked stories will be published this summer as part of an expanded 2nd printing of Russell Brettholtz’s and Miguel Mendonca’s sold-out Side-Kicked trade paperback, and will also be made available as a single digital issue on ComiXology.

Both Breen and Casey were previous winners (along with 9 other writers from around the globe) of Darby Pop’s 2nd “Breaking Into Comics” contest. That competition resulted in The Women of Darby Pop – a unique double-sized anthology in which they each had a four-page story published.

Pin-ups submitted by those artists chosen for Honorable Mention will also be featured on Darby Pop’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Honorable Mention – Writers

  • Adam Breen and his script “Help Wanted”
  • Alberto Veloso and his script “The Interview”
  • Jason Snyder and his script “When Al Met Howie”
  • Jeff Burns and his script “The Interview”
  • Jeff Leeds and his script “Breaking the Ice”

Honorable Mention – Artists

  • Brent Hibbard
  • Lee Bokma
  • Malik Rozier
  • Seth Adams
  • Shane Douberly