UPDATE: Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter Project

We realize it’s been a while since we last updated readers about our forthcoming charity collection, SARAH JANE SMITH: ROVING REPORTER, but we have some exciting news for you.

It’s been a long time coming but, we’re really excited to reveal the final line-up of material being included.  This special tribute to Elisabeth Sladen and Sarah Jane Smith – the character she played during her years with Doctor Who, K-9 and Company and The Sarah Jane Adventures features an assortment of material for this special tribute including 12 original short-stories, 2 original comic strips, numerous essays and articles, original artwork and more.

The publication will include:

  • THE YOHIWAH PROPHESY by Rob Nisbet
  • IN MEMORIAM by Tony Jones
  • MORETON HARWOOD by Paul Magrs
  • EXPOSURE by Daniel Tessier
  • THE HAUNTING OF CHILLINGHAM CASTLE by Russell McGee
  • THE WITCH OF WESTSEA by Nick Walters
  • THE FIRES OF BELTANE by Kevin Mason
  • FUGITIVE by Nick Krohn
  • FIFTEEN MINUTES by Steve Ince
  • BABELSTORM by Rick Cross
  • SARAH JANE SMITH AND THE SUBURBAN GHOST by Simon Bucher-Jones
  • THE MAJESTIC PROTOCOL by Matthew Kresal
  • THE DEPARTURE – An original comic strip with story and artwork by Jon Huff
  • CANCEL CULTURE – An original comic strip with story and artwork by Ken Holtzhouser
  • Essays by Jessica Chaleff, Sam Maleski, David Johnson, Niki Haringsma, Aidan C Matear & David McAllister
  • Artwork by Russell McGee, Ken Holtzhouser, Jon Huff, Brian Gorman, Jessica Chaleff, Faiz Rehman, Anne-Laure Tuduri, Lee Hamill, John Monaco, Mark Hyland, Robert Hammond and Steve Ince

An exact date for publication has not been set as of yet, but the publishers are aiming for a late 2020 or early 2021 publication.

All net proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province. The BCCF enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.

Call for Submission

Pencil Tip Publishing is looking for an author who would be interested in writing a short biography on the character of Sarah Jane Smith for inclusion in the Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter charity project. If interested, please contact Pencil Tip directly.

Feb 21/20 Update: Please note this submission is now closed.

Are there any comic artist out there?

Are there any comic artist out there?

Due to professional commitments, one of our comic artists has had to drop out of the Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter project. We are looking someone who is interested in illustrating an existing story, or writing and drawing his or her own original story. If this is of interest, please contact me direct.

Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter is an affectionate tribute to the character and the actress who played her. This special publication will feature a selection of new adventures for Sarah Jane as written by a selection of fan and professional writers including Paul Magrs, Simon Bucher-Jones, Rick Cross, Nick Walters, David McIntee; artwork, essays, comic strips and more. All net proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the province.

Contributors will receive a contributor copy of the book.

Calling All Artists! Sarah Jane Smith Wants You

Calling all artists!

Pencil Tip Publishing will be releasing “Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter” – a tribute to both the character and Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played her – later this year. While we currently have two comic strips, numerous short stories, essays, articles, and more lined up for the publication, we don’t have any artwork—and this is where we need your help.

We are looking for drawings of Sarah Jane Smith to include as part of the published book. Submitted artwork should be:

  1. Color or Black & White,
  2. Dimensions: postcard size (3″ x 3″) up to letter size (8.5″ x 11″),
  3. Scanned in at 300 dpi,
  4. Submitted in JPG or PNG format,
  5. A wholly original work and not used in any previous publication (book, magazine, fanzine, video, DVD, online).

Submitted artwork can:

  • Depict any aspect of Sarah Jane’s life,
  • Depict any time during Sarah Jane’s timespan (i.e. right up to and including the “Sarah Jane Adventures”),
  • Include K9, any of the monsters or villains she encountered, the kids from the Sarah Jane Adventures.

Please note we are also looking for artists who would be interested in depicting a scene from one of the short stories in the publication. (If you are interested in doing specific themed artwork, please contact us via email and we will discuss this with you as a separate matter.)

When submitting artwork, please include the following with your submission:

  1. Your full name
  2. Address
  3. Email

All submissions must include the following statement:  “I [insert your name] dated this [insert current date] grant Pencil Tip Publishing my permission to include and make use of: [title of submitted artwork(s)] in their publication, Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter (the Publication). I understand that as the Publication will be raising funds for charity, I will not receive payment for the use of my work.”

Deadline to submit completed artwork:  August 15, 2019

Submissions to:

Roving Reporter Artwork
penciltippublishing@shaw.ca

Essays Wanted for Sarah Jane Smith Project

Some time ago Pencil Tip had announced a special charity short-story collection devoted to one of Doctor Who’s most popular characters, Sarah Jane Smith.

Our original plan was a collection of short-stories centering on Sarah and taking place  any time after leaving the Doctor in “The Hand of Fear”. The collection currently consists of five stories by writers: Rob Nisbet (The Yohwah Prophecy), Dan Tessier (Exposure), Russell McGee (The Haunting of Chilingham Manor), Tony Jones (In Memoriam) and Kevin Mason (The Fires of Beltane). In addition to the five stories, we can reveal that we are currently in discussion with artist who may contribute an original comic strip.

Essays Wanted

In addition to the original stories, we’d like to include a series of essays concentrating on Sarah Jane. The essay can focus on any subject including covering any aspect of her life, her travels with the Doctor, her writing career, the enduring popularity of the character and/or of the actress who played her (Lis Sladen) – basically anything you’d like to write about. Other possible topics of discussion might be an analysis of her travels, or the cases she’s covered (Who and SJA). Sarah Jane Smith Fashion Icon? Was Sarah really feminist?  A character analysis. An indepth overview of K-9 and Company, or the Sarah Jane Adventures. Maybe you’d like to discuss/review/analyze the Sarah Jane Smith audio’s from Big Finish. The topics up for discussion are totally wide open.

Essay’s should be no more than 2500 words (but please don’t feel confined to this limit if you feel you need more to cover your topic at hand).

If you’re interested in contributing an essay, please get in touch with me to discuss your idea.

The deadline to submit completed essays is: May 5, 2019.

I should also mention that we are also looking for original artwork to include in the special. If you draw, and would like to submit something, we’d also like to hear from you.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

New Short-Story Collection for 2018

Pencil Tip Publishing is pleased to announce our latest Doctor Who-themed charity short-story collection, Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter – an affectionate tribute to the character and the actress who played her.

Sarah Jane Smith is without a doubt, one of the most popular of the Doctor’s companions. An investigative journalist who traveled with the Doctor, she was confident, courageous, compassionate and inquisitive. She had a sharp mind and tongue, and was unabashedly feminist – the perfect strong female character, and a positive example to young girls everywhere.

Elisabeth Sladen was the talented actress who brought the character of Sarah Jane Smith to life supporting the third (Jon Pertwee) and fourth (Tom Baker) Doctors from 1973-76. Sladen’s character later set of on her own in K9 and Company (1981), Downtime (1995), and the Sarah Jane Smith audio series (2002-06), produced by Big Finish Productions. Her performance gained her a multitude of adoring fans, loved wherever Doctor Who has aired, and extending across new generations through her popular performance of the character in The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-11).

This special publication will feature a selection of new adventures for Sarah Jane as written by a selection of Doctor Who fandom’s best original writing, artwork, and more.

All net proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province. The BCCF enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.

Page Count: TBD, Paperback
Published 2018

You can find more information, including submission guidelines, on Facebook and on the SJS: Roving Reporter blog.