The Small Press Expo and Nickelodeon have announced the results of September’s open call for animation submissions at the Bethesda, Maryland Small Press Expo (SPX) 2015. The Expo celebrates indie and small press comics each year, and last September’s event saw Nickelodeon announce an open call for submissions to participate in its Global Animated Shorts Program. This was the first open call at an indie comics festival like SPX.
Brooklyn, New York illustrator and cartoonist Max Wittert was selected from the Expo submissions for his piece Best Baddies, which is currently in production with Nickelodeon. Best Baddies is about four magical villainess girls who challenge the status quo of their dull city by trying to convince other girls to join them and become fellow villainesses. Wittert has also published cartoons with The New York Times and Time Out New York, and his web comic Jean & Scott, a spin-off of the X-Men characters, is now published with Marvel Comics. Wittert has some pretty cool illustrations of the Game of Thrones characters, too.
Image from Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon’s 2015 Global Animated Shorts Program chose 22 ideas internationally to be developed into shorts that can be viewed on its website, or potentially, on-air.
Phil Rynda, Nickelodeon’s Vice President of Artist Development, says:
“Animation and comics have been linked since the dawn of animation as an art form. Comics creators have been part of the networks DNA for more than 5 years, with comics artists contributing to Ren and Stimpy, SpongeBob Square Pants, and the more recent Harvey Beaks and Pig Goat Banana Cricket to name a few. SPX is overflowing with some of the most talented, inspiring, and hilarious creators in independent comics. Our involvement with SPX was a natural fit as a creator-driven animation studio partnering with the premiere creator-driven comics event.”
Other winners include Rikke Asbjoern for My Friend Pancake (which you can preview over at Variety), Vincent Scala for Monster Taco, Celestino Marina for Girl From Dinosaur Island, and Jacinth Tan & Raihan Harun for Sharkdog. Check out the full list of winners here!
Image from Nickelodeon
Here’s a taste of some of the art style you can expect in the animations: