Comic fan Sam in running for top prize

Sam Dixon, 10, creating his MCM Comic Con video ident in hospital
Sam Dixon, 10, creating his MCM Comic Con video ident in hospital

A comic-mad Hartlepool youngster who is recovering from cancer has been shortlisted in a competition to design a logo for organisers of the country’s biggest pop culture conventions.

Ten-year-old Sam Dixon, who lives in Hart, is one of four finalists to design a video intro for MCM Comic Con, who stage conventions all over the country.

Sam created his entry while receiving treatment in Newcastle’s RVI hospital after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia.

He is currently in remission after receiving a bone marrow transplant which saw him spend nine months in hospital.

Sam is currently leading the public vote on Twitter which closed at noon today.

His mum Amy Dixon said: “Sam loves comic books and movies. He follows MCM on Twitter and noticed they were doing a competition to design a video logo.

Sam Dixon

Sam Dixon

“I got an email on Friday to say he has bene selected for the Twitter vote.

“If he wins he will get £500 and the logo will be used next year in all of their promotional material.

“I think the fact his logo may be seen by thousands of fellow ‘nerds’ is a big deal for Sam, more than the money.”

Sam still has to travel to the RVI hospital two to three times a week for blood transfusions as a result of complications following his transplant in January last year.

Sam Dixon's Comic Con video ident entry

Sam Dixon's Comic Con video ident entry

Amy added: “He lives a semi-isolated life where he is not allowed to go to school or mix with large groups of people because his immune system is still very weak.

“The way he handles it is absolutely amazing. I’m so proud of him.

“He immerses himself in a world of comic books and movies.

“We see every movie that comes out that is 12A and below, he plays video games and reads lots of comics.”

Sam’s entry shows his hand colouring in the MCM Comic Con logo speeded up before spilled water makes the colours run.

Background music is provided by Sam’s older brother Tony’s band Fuss.

Sam is currently leading the Twitter vote after Bradley Lowery’s family shared it on Facebook.

Sam and Bradley were friends when they were both in hospital together.

To vote go to @MCMComicCon on Twitter.