Style the characters from QUEENSGATE to have your designs featured in my new graphic novel!
Attention, fashion designers-- I need your help! My next graphic novel, QUEENSGATE, set mostly in London, is a sequel to UPTOWNERS, which is set in contemporary New Orleans. My characters are quirky and original and long for the unique and one-of-a-kind, in life, love and fashion so now they're looking to you provide them with fabulous and fitting outfits as they get into all kinds of mischief from South Kensington to Lewisham to Hampstead.
You can tell more about them by reading the descriptions and you can design one or more outfits for one or several characters; whatever inspires you. Send in your designs and they'll be judged by folks in your industry who can give you some valuable feedback (I'll be the tie-breaker and make the final decisions for the book). I want my characters to look smashing of course and I want you to get some attention and kudos for your contribution so in addition to industry feedback you'll get plenty of shout-out's on social media, your name in the graphic novel for your wardrobe design, and a free copy of the book as soon as it's available! More in the works but I can promise you'll get exposure, my gratitude for participating, and that all-important feedback and encouragement to propel you forward in your career!
Send your images in .jpg format. These can be drawings or photos of models wearing your designs. Tell me which character they're for (it may be obvious but just in case). E-mail these to me at email@example.com by the extended deadline of November 30. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
To see the cast of QUEENSGATE characters, scroll down. You can learn more about each from the description.
I'll be posting more information as the contest progresses. You can stop by here to see what's happening anytime and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Google+ for of-the-moment news and updates--and here's a link to my QUEENSGATE board on Pinterest.
I can't wait to see your work!
ASHLEY DuPRE: First seen in UPTOWNERS, Ashley, somewhere between seventeen and eighteen, started as a country girl from Louisiana, abandoned by her gambler-father. She was working as an underage dancer at a backwoods strip joint when her rich New Orleans cousin Zack found her and brought her to live in his uptown mansion. After much drama and loss of the uptown homeplace, Ashley and Zack made a trip to Paris to visit their friend, Mary-Elizabeth. Ashley's style is growing a little more sophisticated as she's spent some time in Paris before striking out on her own for London, there to discover romance, more drama and intrigue in QUEENSGATE.
CLAYTON ROBERTS: In his late-twenties. For the most part raised to be a member of the British upper-crust until his family fell apart and lost the ancestral home in the country, then he had to learn how to get by from other relatives who had little idea about how to do that themselves. Clayton struggles to keep a job and his flat in South Kensington, not drink too much, not do too many drugs and to stay out of trouble as much as possible. He's been doing pretty well lately but chaotic forces such as love, jealousy and obsession threaten to throw him off-track when he retrieves a lost scarf in a train station one night belonging to one Ashley DuPre. Clayton's style tends toward traditional British but his off-beat side may show through in some detail, whether it be cut, pattern, accessory--who knows? He's sui generis.
ZACK McCULLOUGH: In his early twenties. Former deb-delight and hard-partying frat boy. The events of UPTOWNERS aged Zack beyond his years and now he's a bit more jaded and world-weary, but ever hopeful that he'll find happiness somewhere, somehow. Still a bit disoriented by his loss of status and the tattered state of his finances, he still loves the finer things and if that means scouring the best thrift shops in Europe and the UK to get good clothes, he'll do it. Tends toward the preppy style-wise, but up for trying new things. After all, he's got nothing to lose now and would like to totally re-invent himself.
MARY-ELIZABETH DUPUY ANDREWS: Now nearly twenty, best friend of Ashley's and Zack's from UPTOWNERS. Mary-Elizabeth is a former debutante, who, after fulfilling her family obligation to serve as the perfect Mardi Gras queen down in New Orleans, left her Garden District mansion for Paris, where she's now living completely out-of-the-closet with her new girlfriend, Lola. Mary-Elizabeth, Zack and Ashley all share a rather dark secret that for better or worse bonds them for life, so even though her days of pretending to date Zack are through and she's over the mad crush she once had on Ashley, she'll always be involved in what's going on with them, which is why she'll have to come find them in London with Lola in tow, whether Lola likes it or not.
LOLA: Early twenties. Mary-Elizabeth's Parisian girlfriend. Works at a fashion house. A young woman of few words and many designer clothes. Moody, sexy. Crazy about Mary-Elizabeth but doesn't see why Mary-Elizabeth is so crazy about Ashley and Zack. Wishes she's just let them be on their way, get over her interest in their messy little American lives and focus on her, Lola. L-O-L-A.
RAVI (AKA RICHARD) SENGUPTA: Mid-to-late twenties. Clayton's old friend from public boarding school, which Ravi attended on a scholarship. Developed a crush on Clayton then and has never gotten over it. Works at his family's restaurant in Lewisham and occasionally the one in Oxford. Just opened a new location in central London. Considers himself a true-blue, born & bred, stiff upper lip Brit and hates it when others see him as a "foreigner," though his family holds tightly to its Indian heritage . He sometimes feels like an outsider in his mum's house, which is where he stays when he's in town. Wants to find someone and settle down but for now is decidedly unsettled, uptight and often alienated. Loves plaids and traditional British style but sometimes likes to stretch it to the limit. Has a wicked sense of humor for one so sensitive. Likes to sing and play guitar but hardly anyone knows that.
UNCLE WILL ROBERTS: Clayton's eccentric uncle, in his early sixties. Lives in Hampstead. More like a father to Clayton since Clayton's mum (Will's younger sister) deserted Clayton when he was twelve to marry a rich, shady Austrian count. Will tries to keep Clayton on track with a firm but loving hand and is well-aware Clayton often strays. Will is concerned about Clayton's new American friends but willing to give them a chance . . . he just doesn't want to see Clayton get hurt. Again. Mostly hangs out in Hampstead, likes to go to the pub to visit friends. Enjoys gardening and hunting for snails, which he usually tosses into the neighbor's back yard.
AUNT BERNICE ROBERTS Will's wife, eccentric artist and genteel opium addict in her mid-sixties. Used to travel extensively but now she's more of a homebody except for the occasional outing to a restaurant, tea room or art supply shop. Very bohemian. Loves silky things, elaborate robes, Chinoiserie. Very easy-going, smiles a lot.
MISTRESS DANDELION: Early-thirties. She doesn't show up too many times in QUEENSGATE but when Clayton gets nostalgic thinking about his childhood, fractured and dysfunctional as it was, and his mother (mean as she was, she's his only one), he makes an appointment with Dandy, who in reality is a gentle, laid-back soul. She gives Clayton what he wants, takes his money and sends him on his way. We'll see some ads featuring Dandy, possibly of the "Tie and tease, bound to please" variety.