Fan FICTS Competition – Deadline EXTENDED

Since there is a Bank Holiday this weekend in the UK, I’ve decided that it is a good opportunity for some Fan FICT drawing…therefore, the deadline for entries for the Fan FICT competition has been extended until:

11.59pm/23.59 (GMT) Tuesday 1st September

…so that gives you another 4 and half days to get drawing and sending.  Need a reminder of the rules?


Since I have over 200 FICTS ready to go, and as the FICTS we’ve shown you so far have been well received, I thought it might be nice to offer YOU the chance to create a FICT of your own!

So, below you will find 10 unillustrated FICTS.  Pick ONE and have a go at illustrating it.  Please stick to the style we have set i.e. the FICT is within a circle. Once your FICT is finished, post a link to it as a comment here and I will post them up on the Blog.

There will be a prize for the Fan FICT the readers vote as the best!!! A personally signed, first edition FICT poster.  Signed by myself and the god of far-fetched fiction and FICT illustrating, Robert Rankin!

So get those black pens out and start drawing.  I advise using an A4 sized piece of paper as this will allow for maximum clarity once we have it scanned in.  Then save as a hi-quality JPEG or PNG file, and email it to .


Here’s the FICTS:

  1. The mild mannered moth will, if given half a chance, munch his way through a kilogram of Russian literature a day
  2. Staggeringly you can twist the average blue tit through 360 degrees and all you will get in response from the bird is mild giggling
  3. In certain winds, schools of fish can be seen wearing flying goggles and those natty white wind-swept scarves
  4. Sausages were first discovered by Dr Littlejohn-Saint-Smithens-Smythington-Jones, on a river trip up the Amazon in 1867.  It was about 4.30 in the afternoon and he was trailing his fingers in the water when all of a sudden he was bitten, by the South American Lesser Jumping Sausage.  Following emergency surgery, the doctor went on to discover sausages living a predatory lifestyle in rivers across the globe!
  5. Lumberjacks like to eat more than their fair share of toilet rolls.  Lucky then that when they pass wind it results in gales of Andrex puppies
  6. If left undisturbed in its natural environment, the Peruvian Fruit bat can grow to be a little over 312 miles long. Staggering considering it remains only 1 centimetre wide!
  7. The Great White Shark, most feared of all the sea’s predators, can knit three or four long-sleeved sweaters a week. It specialises in mittens though
  8. Frank D Elbow was the last man to see the Bavarian Licking Bear first hand and close up.  After the encounter he said he felt ‘somewhat violated but invigorated’
  9. During a time of crises you can avoid the cost of a psychiatrist by talking through your problems with a giraffe.  They are great listeners and have answers to most of the big emotional issues that plague us today
  10. Doves like a good laugh…they also write drafts of chick-flick movies.  None have been green lit yet, but the doves live in hope.

N.B. The competition is open for 2 weeks, and closes at11.59pm (GMT) Tues 1st Sept 2009.  All work remains the (c) of the person who posted it. Anyone of any age can enter.  The illustration MUST be your own work.  Any theft or misuse of (c) material will lead to that person being disqualified and blocked. NO offensive language or explicit images. The competition will be judged via a blog poll during the week 2nd-9th September 2009.  In the event of a tie, the final winner will be chosen by Neil Gardner.  The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.  This competition is meant as entertainment and fun. By entering the competition and posting links to your images you consent to allowing Neil Gardner and Robert Rankin to use your images in relation to FICTS on this blog and on other blogs and websites, as well as on social networking sites such as, but not limited to Twitter and Facebook.

About hokusbloke
30-something radio producer/director/writer, owner & MD of Ladbroke Productions (the UK's oldest independent radio production company). Lover of far fetched fiction, scifi and fantasy, my cats and all thinks tech. I am also the Chair of the Radio Independents Group, a former Trustee of the Radio Academy, and a Fellow of the RSA. I co-wrote, produced and directed Robert Rankin's "The Brightonomicon" audio series, produce Dr Who audiobooks for the BBC, and directed several sci-fi radio plays for BBC Radio 4 in 2009. I am a strong advocate for more SF audio and radio...keep watching this space for upcoming news!

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