So you wanna write or draw for comic books? Well, I’m sure some of you have already known this, but for those who don’t, I’m going to pass along on how you can get your submissions into the comic or graphic novel world. Here is one for Image Comics. This is from their submissions page, just a peek at what they expect.
Credit source: Image Comics
HOW TO SUBMIT TO IMAGE COMICS:
Image Comics only publishes creator-owned material. We do not contract creators; we’re only interested in publishing original content for which you would retain all rights. Please do not submit any work that utilizes already-existing characters—Image characters or otherwise—as they will automatically be declined.
Image Comics publishes creator-owned/creator-generated properties and WE DON’T PAY PAGE RATES. Image takes a small flat fee off the books published and it will be the responsibility of the creators to determine the division of the remaining pay between their creative team members.
Things often change from proposal to the printed page. If the intended title of your book is awkward or unwieldy, we may suggest changing it. If your logo is unreadable we may suggest changing it. There have been cases where we’ve designed logos, helped redesign characters, and done cover sketches. However, no changes will be made without creator approval.
Artists: We accept inking, penciling, lettering, or coloring samples. These will be kept on file and you may be contacted if and when the occasion presents itself. If your art-only submission is not kept on file, you will not get a response. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ART as your work will not be returned.
Writers: We accept proposals only (see Proposal Requirements below)—please do not send storyboards, scripts, notes, or manuscripts—anything other than a proposal that meets the below specifications will be automatically declined.
- A brief typed cover letter that summarizes your project and your previous work, if relevant. Include contact information (name, e-mail address, address, phone and fax numbers) clearly printed on the top of the page. Submissions are responded to via e-mail only.
- A typed, one page, synopsis of the overall story arc (not just of the first issue). Please keep this as succinct as possible and do include major plot points and spoilers. Tell us what sets your story apart from other comics and be clear as to who the target audience is (“Everyone” is not realistic—there is no single book on the market today that everybody buys). You can tell us whether you see it as a full color or a black-and-white book, a miniseries or an ongoing series, a prestige book or an original graphic novel. There are times, however, when we may suggest what format we think will be most successful for your story in the current market.
- Photocopies of fully inked and lettered sequential story art pages (any size, but no character sketches or bios). DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ART as your work will not be returned. Please include a minimum of five pages that are fully inked and lettered. We may make suggestions based off these, but we are primarily concerned with your understanding of the medium and how to tell a sequential story. Color is OPTIONAL. If you have a colorist and plan on this being a colored book, it would be advisable, we may suggest a different colorist if we decide to acquire the project.
- A cover mock-up—this lets us know whether or not you understand the market and gives us a good barometer on your design sense. With creator approval, this may go through a redesign if we decide to acquire your project.
- Email all submissions to email@example.com or mail them to:
c/o Image Comics2701 NW Vaughn Street, Suite 780Portland, Oregon 97210
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. If the artist you pitched with leaves the team, you will need to re-submit your proposal with the new creative team line-up. This also means that with all ongoing titles we need to be made aware of and approve all changes to the creative team.
- Do not hand Image Comics employees submissions at comic book conventions. Your submission will be misplaced or discarded.
- Due to a high volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to each proposal individually. If you do not receive a reply within one month of submitting consider your proposal declined. If you do not include an e-mail address in your proposal it will automatically be declined.
- Please do not include praise or testimonials. We are only interested in your work as it stands on its own merits.
- We are not looking for any specific genre of comic book. We are looking for comics that are well written and well drawn, by people who are dedicated and can meet deadlines.
- Finally, since Image Comics, Inc. owns no intellectual properties, you can be assured—accepted or not—that your property will remain yours.
Your résumé should include all published writing experience, comics-related and beyond. If you are a team, two individual résumés should be uploaded.
A short composition is no longer than the space provided, which is equivalent to about a page, double-spaced and in size 12 font, or 2000 characters (with spaces). It should tell us why you want to be a DC comic book writer and how your background will add a unique perspective to our publishing portfolio. If you are a team, please submit one composition that talks about you as a team.
PUBLISHED WRITING SAMPLES
Applicants must submit one or two published writing samples. Comic book work is preferred, but we will also accept any published fiction writing that will highlight your skills as a possible DC writer. Before applying, please review all of the guidelines below.
For all comic book samples, you must upload the final PDF of at least the first few pages or chapter of the finished, published comic with art and lettering. We cannot under any circumstances accept comic book scripts; even scripts of published comics cannot be read or accepted.
If the file is too large, you must upload the first few pages or chapter and provide a link to a file share or Dropbox with the completed file you’d like us to review.
Self-published comics printed or published on a personal website or blog will be accepted and do not require an ISBN number.
We will accept works of fiction published in a book, magazine or professional literary journal.
Self-published long-form prose can only be accepted if you’ve published on Amazon or another venue that generates an ISBN number.
Screenplays are the only scripts we will accept. However, you must also upload a link to a video file or webpage to prove the script was produced.
You do not need to upload a script or PDF. Please provide a link of a playthrough on YouTube or elsewhere.
Do not send us DC character fan fiction.
Do not submit nonfiction or poetry. It’s highly unlikely that we’d be able to judge your ability to write comic books based on your nonfiction work or poems.
Do not send us samples in a language other than English.
Do not send us pitches.
Proposals for comics using DC characters or unpublished scripts MUST NOT BE SUBMITTED AND WILL NOT BE READ OR ACCEPTED.
We must receive this in order to read your submission. Make sure both your signature(s) and all required information are at the bottom. The agreement must be uploaded to your application before the deadline. Faxes and e-mails of this document will not be accepted. Please take into account the time it will take to submit your submission agreement when applying.
Go to imagecomics.com to see and know more about this publishing comic house.