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What's the contest about?

Trolls are a fundamental part of the comic and we'd like you to design one for us! We'll accept any medium for this contest, be it a drawing, written work, audio, anything. We'd like you to either show us or tell us a little bit about them, give them a name and a personality. If you're entering with a script, we'd love it if you gave them a backstory.

You can find more information about the trolls themselves with pointers and tips further down the list under Info & Concept Art. If you have any questions, there's a comment box at the bottom of the page that we'll be monitoring. If we've missed anything, we'll update this list.

Please make sure you post your entry by the 20th of July. You can either do so by leaving a comment in the box below, tweeting us or emailing us directly on contact@tistow.uk

Use your imagination and get creative! Have fun!


We're going to pick 3 winners! All the prizes are physical ones but we won't ask for your postal address until we've chosen the winners. Please ensure we have some way of contacting you. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize:
1st Issue of Year in Hereafter (30 pages)
Original Illustration of your troll character
Original ink drawing
Small Trolls/Tistow/YIH themed print & badges

2nd Prize:
Original ink drawing
Small Trolls/Tistow/YIH themed print & badges

3rd Prize:
Small Trolls/Tistow/YIH themed print & badges

You'll get to choose the print and your badges. We'll have more examples for you soon!


Where do I post my entry?

You can either post a comment in the below box with a link to your entry, send us a DM on Twitter or email us on elli.puukangas@gmail.com

What mediums do you accept?

Any! You can enter with any kind of art medium, be it writing, crafting, audio, 3D or drawing. The files can be any format (OK maybe not AutoCAD but we'll manage).

Can I enter more than once?

Yes. Post as many entries as you like.

What's the deadline?

Midnight on the 20th of July (London GMT).

Can I make a troll character in a modern setting?

Why not! Tistow is a 19th century inspired story, but we'd be happy to accept a troll from a more modern time period as long as it fits the criteria otherwise.

Info & Concept Art

You can find some more detailed information and concept art about the trolls below. Please check them out! Comic pages after page 34+ are also worth reading through.

Naming conventions

All the trolls in the story have a name that relates to their habitat, a plant or an achievement (old age for one).
Examples: Larkspur, Crowberry, Nettle, Nightshade, Birch, Hops, Bestefar, Murmur.


If you have any, drop us a line! We'll do our best to answer them as promptly as possible.

If any of the links don't work, please tell us!