And the winner is...
We recieved over 1,200 entries for the ComiX Factor competition, and the quality of entries was fantastic. The National Literacy Trust and Renaissance Learning spent hours deliberating with the Etherington Brothers over the shortlist, and eventually picked the following lucky winners:
Primary winner: Max from Horsendale Primary School in Nottingham
What the Etherington Brothers had to say about about Max's entry:
"Among the sea of excellent entries, Okrod genuinely stood out. As a character he was well drawn, and most importantly, original. We absolutely loved his back story, the trick with reversing Dorko's name, and the genuine sense of fun and friendship that flowed through the writing. A worthy winner!"
Secondary winner: Niamh from The Sweyne Park School in Essex
What the Etherington Brothers had to say about Niamh's entry:
"This category was extremely hard to judge, but Niamh's comic strip managed to contain every single element of great comic story telling. Consistent characters, variation in the comedy, playful dialogue, great use of colour, action, environments and sound effects ... and on top of all that it was beautifully drawn. Congratulations!"
Two runners up were chosen from each category, who we all thought deserved a special mention. The runners up will all recieve signed copies of Baggage by the Etherington Brothers.
Krishan from Thomas Russell Junior School, with Mr Purple Pancake
"This was by far the funniest tale we received. An utterly wacky, wonderful creation with some brilliant descriptive elements ... the cherry bonbons sinking will live with me forever!"
Eleanor from Longford Primary School, with Kitty Katherine
"Everything about Kitty Katherine's design was delightful. Eleanor had clearly spent a lot of time and thought creating the character and costume and it showed. Great work!"
Leanne from Oban High School, with Dorko and the gnome
"Another wonderful contender. Deserves special mention for featuring a brilliant montage panel. Humorous, superbly illustrated and great fun."
Danny from Cheam High School, with Dorko and the Roman Rampage
"Danny's story was shortlisted because of his fantastic use of perspective, secondary gags (we Etherington's LOVE it when supporting characters are having their own conversations!) and his original art. The most important thing about creating your own comics is finding your own unique style, and it really showed in this excellent strip."
The winners and runners up were selected from a handpicked shortlist of fantastic entries. Click on the links below to browse through image galleries of the other shortlisted entries.
We've also put together an image gallery of entries from the primary category from pupils who produced some outstanding artwork that we felt deserved to be showcased on our website. View gallery.