The Definitive List of Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines for 2018

Manga, and Graphic Novel publishers who accept creator submissions

So you want to break into comics but are unsure how and where to submit? Well, you’ve landed on the right page. This latest update of all of the comic publisher submission guidelines includes ten new additions, some subtractions, and fixed broken links.

We’re living through uncertain and turbulent times in 2018. Disney has been spending the last decade buying up all of your childhood, the mainstream comic biz is experiencing a bit of a downturn, and Mark Millar has sold the bulk of his comix empire to Netflix.

The good news is society needs your creations, art, and passion now, more than ever before. Now’s the time to be daring and original. Time to step up and inspire the next generation.

It’s been just over a year since I’ve last updated this list. Nearly 44,000 of you visited this page 62,000 times since then (or just under 1.5 times each). I hope you can get some use out of it.

I’ve been keeping this directory alive since 2009, and it’s still a joy to revisit each year. My day to day involves my content marketing business Massive Kontent – but I’ve never stopped being inspired by all of you badass comic creators.

-Jay

Notes

  1. Make sure to click on each company name within the lists to be taken to each submission guidelines page. This way you’ll find out exactly how to submit to each publisher in the method they prefer. I’ve only included a short synopsis for each publisher.
  2. This list only covers print publishers. I reviewed twelve months of Diamond Previews catalogs to determine who was still publishing in print and distributing to comic shops and bookstores.
  3. “This is a great resource, and my company Time Bomb Comics has been regularly listed for a few years now and I’ve found some great creators through it. I still get loads of submissions that don’t follow our specific guidelines though, so the message is simple from the publisher side: follow the guidelines listed! No excuses – publishers are looking for professional talent, so a professional approach from the outset is the way to go. And that means following the set guidelines!” – Steve Tanner, Time Bomb Comics
  4. I’ve tried to be as thorough as possible, but there’s a good chance I missed some publishers. Feel free to let me know, and I’ll add them below.
  5. Writers will always have a tougher time breaking into the comics industry. Having said that – there’s always room for good writing, and a lot of publishers will still accept writing submissions. But conventional wisdom says to partner up with an artist if you can. An editor is more likely to read your words if it’s already on a sequential page.
  6. And as always DO YOUR RESEARCH before submitting to a publisher. Search our their sites, social media pages and a do basic Google search. How is their reputation? Does your work fit with their line of books?
  7. You can also check out my list of book recommendations for creating comics.
  8. And please don’t email me looking for work. I haven’t published a book since 2009, and I don’t have any connections in the industry.
  9. Go here for a complete list of comic publishers.

Contents

The BIG 4 Comic Publishers Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines for the 'big 4' comic publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Writers, Artists, Inkers, Colorists

Dark Horse Comics is the third-largest comics publisher in the U.S., known for such titles as Star Wars, Buffy & Hellboy.

Linked here are individual guideline policies for writers (both prose and comics), artists, inkers, letterers, and colorists.

Dark Horse still welcomes your submissions, and all submissions will still be reviewed, just as they always have been. The only difference is that submissions can no longer be mailed back to the sender.

All unsolicited story/series proposals must have a full creative team on board. Writer-only proposals will not be reviewed.

DC Entertainment

At this time, DC Entertainment does not accept unsolicited artwork or writing submissions.

What Is The DC Entertainment Talent Search?

“Like many creative fields, breaking into the comic book business as an artist can be an exciting but challenging process. It takes proper training, a ton of practice, making the right contacts, learning to sell your talents, building a strong portfolio and much patience. However, time and time again, the best advice we can offer aspiring artists is: Go to a Comics Convention! Comic book conventions offer an ideal forum for meeting working professionals and publishers in the same location. It’s also a great place to get feedback on your portfolio, speak to editors, and ask lots of questions. The only catch is being realistic about the process – not everyone is ready to work in comics.”

Mad Magazine

MAD is actively looking for new talent! They welcome all humor submissions and the best way to know what they’re looking for is to take a look at what they’re doing now! Originality and visual humor are especially prized!

They’re interested in material focusing on evergreen topics, such as dating, family, school and work, plus topical material about celebrities, sports, politics, news and social trends.They also welcome submissions for their Strip Club (artist-writers or artist-writer teams preferred).

They will not consider movie or television satires, rewrites of established MAD premises, your take on existing features, cover ideas, or gags with Alfred E. Neuman.

Image Comics

Image Comics only publishes creator-owned material. They do not contract creators; they’re only interested in publishing original content for which you would retain all rights. 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 THEY 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.

Artists: Image accepts 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: They accept proposals only —please do not send storyboards, scripts, notes, or manuscripts—anything other than a proposal that meets the below specifications will be automatically declined.

Top Cow

Pencilers, Inkers, Colorists

For Writers: Unfortunately at this time Top Cow is not accepting unsolicited ideas or scripts from writers.

For Pencilers or Complete Artists: Send 3-6 pages of sequential art. Demonstrate your ability to tell a story using sequential panels and pages. Please use existing Top Cow or other published characters. Samples do not need to be of Top Cow characters.

For Inkers: Send three to six pages of sequential art. They’d need to see the original penciled pages for comparison, so be sure to send them as well.

For Colorists: Send 3 to 6 pages of sequential art. Top Cow would need to see the inked & uncolored pages as well, so be sure to include them with your coloring samples for comparison. Show that you can utilize color to evoke a mood, are conscious of and consistent with lighting, and can clearly separate a scene.

Marvel

“Marvel does not accept or consider any ideas, creative suggestions, artwork, designs, game proposals, scripts, manuscripts, or similar material unless we have specifically requested it from you. Marvel is continuously developing and creating its own ideas and materials, and we don’t have the resources to review or respond to unsolicited material. Unfortunately, any unsolicited material you send will not be read or shared. It will be destroyed, and it will not be returned.

While we can’t accept your unsolicited submissions, please know that Marvel is always looking for new comic book artists and writers. We constantly read and review indie, self-published, creator-owned, and web-comics, review popular online art communities, ask other artists for opinions and recommendations, and host portfolio reviews at conventions from time to time. If you are an aspiring comic book artist or writer, we suggest you publish or publicly post your material, continue to create, and if you have the right stuff…we’ll find you.”


Submission Guidelines for Independent Comic Publishers: Arthouse & Literary

Arthouse Indie Publishers who accept creator submissions

Blank Slate Books

BLANK SLATE BOOKS (WE CAN STILL BE FRIENDS, SPARKY O’HARE) is always interested in working with new authors. They are primarily interested in cartoonists who both write and draw – who, in fact, produce the whole comics work. They aren’t interested in art samples or scripts and outlines. They don’t pair writers with artists. They are interested in both black & white and color work. If you are a new cartoonist, making your work in black & white – thus cheaper to print – will improve your chances of getting a response.

Submit no more than 12 pages if you are sending work as an attachment. Just send them your best work.

Your work can have appeared before as small press, webcomic or self-published, and they may be interested in collecting strip work into a single volume.

Look at the kind of books that Blank Slate have published previously as an indicator of what they might publish in

Drawn & Quarterly

Please send all submissions via low-resolution PDF to submissions@drawnandquarterly.com. We do not respond to all submissions, and we do not read scripts. If you mail us a physical copy, which we strongly discourage, please do so knowing you likely will not hear back from us. Please research what we publish in advance to make sure your comic is well-aligned with Drawn & Quarterly’s existing titles.

Fantagraphics

Submission Questions

Fantagraphics Books (Love & Rockets, Hip Hop Family Tree, Eightball) publishes comics for thinking readers – readers who like to put their minds to work, who have a sophisticated understanding of art and culture, and appreciate personal expression unfettered by uncritical use of cliché. Fantagraphics will practically always reject any submissions that fit neatly into (or combine in a gimmicky fashion) the mainstream genres of superhero, vigilante, horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Try to develop your own, equally individual voice; originality, aesthetic maturity, and graphic storytelling skill are the signs by which Fantagraphics judges whether or not your submission is ripe for publication.

Fantagraphics does not hire illustrators or pair artists with writers. They are looking for independently-created, publishable work.

They want to see an idea that is fully fleshed-out. Please submit a minimum of five pages of completed art (high-quality reproductions only, please — no original art!). They do NOT look at work submitted in digital format, whether via the internet (email, web, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or disc.

Iron Circus Comics

Completed Works
What Iron Circus Wants:
Graphic novels. Proposals for graphic novels previously unpublished in print, between 150 and 500 pages in length, aimed at readers 12 years of age and older. Both color and black and white proposals will be considered. All genres, with the exception of superheroes, zombies, and children’s books, will be considered.
Erotic graphic novels. Proposals for erotic graphic novels previously unpublished in print, between 150 and 500 pages in length. Both color and black and white. Erotica submissions will be part of the Smut Peddler Presents line of comics, and Smut Peddler creator and content guidelines will apply to these submissions.
Online comics previously uncollected into print volumes.

What Iron Circus Doesn’t Want

  • Submissions from creators younger than 18 years of age.
  • Monthly serials.
  • Children’s comics.
  • Fan fiction or re-imaginings.
  • Portfolios from colorists, letterers, inkers, pencillers, etc.

Knockabout

They are happy to look at new or old unpublished work. Send a synopsis of the story and 6 to 10 pages of artwork. If you have already self-published a story, they want to see a copy.

NBM

NOTE: NBM are only accepting submissions from already published authors at this time, including ones with proven success in webcomics. They are also not accepting submissions from authors outside of North America, except for adult.

They are interested in general fiction, humor, a satire of fantasy and horror, erotica, mystery. No superheroes.

Nobrow

Nobrow are a publisher, not an illustration agency. You should have a specific type of work collaboration in mind when you submit work to them (i.e., a picture book or perhaps a graphic novel), make sure it is in line with something that they do.

Provide a brief summary and overview of your project. Look at their body of work and think, does what I want to pitch fit in with the Nobrow canon of works?
They have separated the submissions process into three distinct groups.

Category 1: Short-form comics – The 17 x 23 Series: They must be 24 pages beginning to end.

Category 2: Long-form comics/ Graphic Novels: submissions for graphic novels that are 90 pages or more. If you are an illustrator/author or an illustrator and author duo, you should supply a minimum of ten finished pages in the pitch to give them a taste of the ‘look and feel’ of the proposed book.

Northwest Press

Northwest Press is a small publishing house devoted to spotlighting the best in LGBT graphic novels and comics and is focused on encouraging upcoming talent.

Northwest primarily publishes graphic novels and comics and is not currently accepting submissions for prose work.

All the material they publish has strong lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender content. This can either be explicit (stories about situations and struggles tied to the queer experience) or implicit (looking at more general situations through the lens of the queer person).

They can and do publish shorter pieces as digital comics, and are actively seeking new and previously-published work to release digitally.

One Peace Books

One Peace is now accepting submissions. They are looking for work in the following categories: graphic fiction and non-fiction, juvenile fiction, adult trade fiction and non-fiction, how-to, cooking, crafts, and work in translation. However, potential authors and artists are welcome to submit in other categories as well.

Soaring Penguin Press

Completed Works

Soaring Penguin Press is open for submissions of graphic novels, or individual, self-contained stories for inclusion in Meanwhile… Submissions may be made by email or by post, and can be in whatever form you feel best presents your work.

For individual comic stories for consideration for inclusion in Meanwhile…, please provide the entire story. For graphic novels, a sample of the artwork is acceptable in the first instance together with a synopsis of the story and an indication of story length and how close to completion the graphic novel is.

Top Shelf Productions

(March, Bacchus, The Underwater Welder) Regarding submissions, they’re easy. Just send them a xerox copy of what you’d like them to look at (or email a link), and enough postage if you want the materials returned to you. Do not attach and send image files to their email addresses.

They cannot accept scripts or plot synopses unless they are accompanied by a minimum of 10-20 completed pages (i.e., fully inked and lettered comic book pages).


Submission Guidelines for Independent Comic Publishers: Genre and Pop

Indie genre comic publishers who accept submissions

2000 AD

So you want to work for 2000 AD? You’ll massively improve your chances of working for their rules.

2000 AD’s submissions period is currently open. It will close again on 1 March 2017.

Artists: They want to see if you can tell a story, not paint an album cover. Send black and white layouts of comic strip work based on the characters of 2000 AD. Only send copies – never originals!
Leave plenty of room for the dialogue and captions in each panel – the more dialogue, the more ‘dead space’ you need to leave. The panels must also flow sequentially – if it isn’t obvious which panel comes next, you’re not doing your job – which is to tell the story.

Writers: If you’ve never had a script published in 2000 AD, start by sending in ideas for one-off, four-page Future Shocks. If and when you’ve proved yourself by writing professional quality one-off stories, you’ll be invited to develop longer series in the future.

215 Ink

Writers, artists
215 Ink currently has open submissions for writers and artist who are looking for a project to work on, as well as complete projects ready to go to print.

The basic guidelines

  • Introduction about yourself and your credentials as well as the creative team on the project.
  • One sentence summing up your story.
  • One page (at most) summary of your story.
  • Completed pages for review.

AAM Markosia

Completed Works, Pencilers, Inkers, Colorists, Letterers

Markosia are now accepting comics submissions for works that have been previously unpublished in the UK. They are interested in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, All-Ages and Historical stories. If you feel your comic doesn’t fit into this, they will still look at all submissions.

They are also now publishing prose novels of all genres, so if you have an unpublished novel or one that you now have the rights back to then please contact Harry at harry@markosia.com

Preference will be given to projects that have all creative team members in place. It can be very time-consuming finding artists, colorists, and letterers for individual scripts.
One submission per team at a time.

Project Submissions
Your printed books need to be at least 40 pages; they will print short form comics electronically, but their focus is on collected editions and long form comics or graphic novels.
Individual Submissions

Markosia are still looking at submissions from writers, artists, colourists and letterers for designated projects.

Writers: they want to see a fully realized script from you. At least a 22-page script. These must be completed in a readable comic format.
Artists (Pencillers/Inkers): Specify whether you want to be considered as a penciler or inker (or both!). They want to see at least five sequential art pages. Preferably from a couple of different stories. Also send over books you have already been published in.
Colourists: 5 pages of sequential work or any concept sketches you’ve worked on. Try to show a variety of work so showcasing as much of your skill base as possible.
Letterers: Send through some examples of your lettering via sequential artwork.
All submissions to be sent by e-mail.

Action Lab Comics

Completed Works
PROJECT SUBMISSIONS
Action Lab requires that project submissions have a complete creative team (writer, artist, and colorist). They don’t pair creators. They publish fully realized, creator owned projects. Please include the following:

  • A title page, including contact information
  • A simple, one-page story synopsis
  • 5-6 pages of sample script
  • 5-6 pages of art

ALL SUBMISSION PACKETS MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Action Lab is not currently hiring artists. They will review art submissions, should the opportunity to pair creators arise.

Aftershock Comics

Pencilers, Colorists

Aftershock are currently only accepting submissions from pencilers and colorists.
-Make sure your files are in .jpg or .pdf formats, and make sure the file sizes are a reasonable size so they don’t bounce back
-If you are a penciler, please send sequential art pages (as opposed to cover art)

Alterna Comics

Completed Works

They don’t accept story ideas without accompanying art If you send a pitch/idea without art, the submission will be deleted.

  • No page rates.
  • Submit 8 complete pages. Keep your pitch short.
  • You’ll need to have a creative team attached and ready for a long-term commitment.
  • Creators retain all rights to intellectual, merchandise, film, television, video game, etc.
  • Alterna will only own publishing and distribution rights.
  • Art and story must be of professional quality. This includes all aspects such as lettering,
    coloring, inking, etc. Before you submit, please compare your book’s quality with other
    Alterna titles of similar genre.

 

Avatar Press

Artists, colorists, completed works

Avatar Press is a leading independent company which publishes a wide variety of comic books and is currently seeking out additional creators – both new and established – in a number of categories:

ARTISTS: Avatar Press is always looking for talented freelance artists, and often has a range of work in a wide variety of subjects and genres available.

If you have a web page or online gallery of your work available, sending Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen a link to that is a good place to start. Your submission should include a wide range of samples, showcasing all your abilities.

They want to see panel to panel continuity (storytelling), as well as illustrative work (pin-ups, covers, etc.) Avatar will consider penciled and inked pages, penciled pages (so long as the pencils are tight and clean), fully-rendered pencils (grayscale tones), and painted pages.

COLORISTS: Colorists, send William Christensen a link to a gallery of your current work. We require 600 dpi files colored in CMYK with correctly trapped linework

CREATOR-OWNED PROJECTS
Avatar Press is always looking for quality creator-owned projects. All genres and styles will be considered. Include an overview of the story, a detailed plot synopsis, sample script pages, character designs, and sample art pages (panel to panel continuity).

Benitez Productions

Pencillers and/or Colorists

Benitez Productions are looking for a few exceptional artists (pencillers and/or colorists), who understand and can draw a particular steampunk style.

Send art samples – and/or a link to your online portfolio – along with a brief introduction and description of any prior work to:
submissions@joebenitez.com
Art samples should be sent as jpgs or pdfs at web resolution (72 dpi).

Black Mask Studios

Writers, Artists and completed creator owned comics

  1. Creator-Owned Comic Pitch Submission Form
  2. Artist Portfolio Submission Form
  3. Writer Infosheet Submission Form

Boom Studios

Pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers

The official submissions forum for prospective artists for BOOM! Studios is located on Facebook.

The Artist Submissions Facebook Page is a place for artists to post samples of their work. This page is strictly for artists, and ALL unsolicited writing submissions will not be reviewed.

Caliber Comics

Completed Works

” I am the submissions editor for Caliber Comics. I wanted to make you aware that 1) we exist (we rebooted with Gary Reed in 2014) — http://www.calibercomics.com/ and 2) we DO accept submissions! I can tell you that we are VERY active in accepting good projects. I have personally approved well over a dozen titles in the last two months. We are actively and aggressively looking for creative teams. We accept ANY genre and the titles can be in b/w OR color.” – Andrea Lorenzo Molinari , December.27.2017.

Caliber Comics primarily print black and white graphic novels, whether original stories or collections.  They are NOT doing serialized individual comic (floppies) in printed format.  they’ll consider web comics and are looking into doing illustrated books and genre novels.  If you are submitting comics, Caliber will only release them in digital form and trade paperback collections….not single printed issues.

We do NOT assemble teams for titles and do NOT pay page rates although some creators might hire letterers or colorists but that is purely up to them.  When a title comes to us, it should be with a complete team in place.

They do distribute some titles via Diamond Distributors and put their titles out into the digital markets (Apple, Kindle, Comixology, Nook, etc) but sales are all over the place based on platform, title, creator, etc.  

Chapterhouse

Writers, Artists and Completed Works

If you are an artist or writer who would like to work for Chapterhouse, please send your portfolio or examples of previously published work to tony@chapterhouse.ca.

For creator-owned work they are only looking for unpublished work that is complete or close to completion.

They are only looking at writers with previously published work.

Coffin Comics

Pencilers, Colorists, Letterers

Coffin Comics are always looking for new, up and coming artists and if your stuff is killer, they may consider hiring you.

Comics Experience Publishing

Completed Works

In alliance with digital distributor comiXology, Comics Experience Publishing offers assistance for new talent to reach a broader audience with their creator-owned work.

Comics Experience Publishing focuses on producing creator-owned titles from new talent associated with C.E. and its online community, the Creators Workshop.

They currently offer a digital publishing model for titles to be distributed through comiXology, the world’s #1 digital comics retailer.

The requirements to submit to the publishing program are:

  1. At least one member of the creative team must be a Creators Workshop member.
  2. That member’s portion of the project must be workshopped within the Creators Workshop.
  3. Creators Workshop members can submit at any time after the above criteria are met.

Committed Comics

Writers, Scripters, Pencilers, Inkers, Colorists, Letterers, Completed Works

Committed Comics is always looking for talented and driven creators.

Writers: Submit no more than a five (5) page story with a clear beginning, middle, and end. DO NOT send in a five-page excerpt of a longer story.

Pencils: submit no less than three (3) pages of a sequential story and no more than five (5).

Inkers: like pencilers – send in three (3) to five (5) pages and one pin-up / cover piece.

Digital Colorists: submission packet must contain the following: Six (6) pieces of sequential work and two (2) cover/pin-up samples.
Letterers: complete the sample pages on their site. Also please include a tear sheet (1-page example) of some of your sound effects and special effects.

Completed Series: You don’t need to have 100% of the book completed but more than a two-page outline. If you are doing a 4 issue mini-series, have at least one fully completed issue with scripts and layouts completed for the remaining three issues.

Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment will not read your submission without a completed and signed Submission Release Agreement.

WRITERS: Please send us an inquiry letter, detailing your writing experience and why you would like to write for D.E. Unsolicited writing samples will not be read. It is their policy to respond to submissions only if we wish to hire the creator.

ARTISTS: Please submit no more than five pages of sample artwork. Please mail in clean 8 1/2″x11″ photocopies of your sample pages and make sure the reproduction quality is high.

PENCILERS: Just send pencils. Do not send inked, colored or lettered pages.

COLORISTS: Don’t send samples colored over your line art. Any flaws in the underlying black and white artwork will influence their opinion of your coloring.

PAINTERS: If you are submitting samples of fully-painted (traditionally or digitally painted) cover work, keep in mind that Dynamite Entertainment covers tend toward iconic shots of single characters rather than groups of characters or storytelling elements.

Golden Liberty Comics

Writers, Interior Artists, Inkers, Colorists, Letterers

Golden Liberty Comics, a division of Golden Bell Studios, is looking for creators with an innate passion for storytelling.Our mission is to reinvigorate the creative process and to reignite the industry’s artistic spark.

Writers: Include A logline that summarizes the premise of the project using 50 words or less.
A fully typed synopsis of the story from beginning to end (i.e. an overview of the complete plot), not just the first issue. Use only one page for your synopsis,however,any additional pages outlining the rest of the story are not discouraged by an ymeans. Do not be afraid to include every major plot thread and reveal in your pitch, and be sure to be as original and unique as possible
Include any completed scripts that go along with the overview of your pitch packet.

Interior Artists: Submit at least five pages of sequential art with a minimum of 20 total panels.This is your chance to select your best material to showcase your ability to draw facial expressions that make an audience “feel” the characters, a skill for designing original and memorable characters that pop off the page,as well as locations that showcase your knack for understanding complex perspective and creating framed shots with depth, dynamic angles, and interesting prop placements. Interior Artists must not send pin ups and/or splash pages. Interior Artists may send model sheets (these are the frontal, back, and side views of a character’s design).

Inkers: Include at least five pages of sequential art, but there’s no limit in regard to the panels per page. Inkers should send the initial pencilled pages for comparison. A variable of detailed faces, backgrounds, and strongly rendered figures should be included. Be sure to show off a wide variety of textures and techniques in your submitted works.

Colorists: Include at least five pages of sequential art, but there’s no limit in regard to the panels per page.Colorists should send the initial inked and uncolored pages for comparison.

Letterers: Submit five pages of sequential lettered art with no limit on the number of panels per page.

Heavy Metal

Complete works

HEAVY METAL is always searching for cool science fiction, fantasy, and horror comics

COMICS FOR HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
They’re only seeking completed stories (preferably in full color since most of the magazine features color stories).
They do not pair writers with artists.

Stories can be as short as one page or as long as 96 pages (and now and then, even longer). They’re mainly looking for short stories from 8 to 16 pages in length, but they do print one-pagers, longer pieces and serialize graphic novels over several issues.

NO SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSIONS – all submissions must be submitted via e-mail.

COVER ART FOR HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
Heavy Metal publishes six issues per year, and if you’d like to submit work to be considered for a cover, it’s pretty much the same process as for comics. Please do not send links to websites/blogs/social media accounts because they don’t have time to surf sites

ILLUSTRATION FOR HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
They don’t commission single illos – but they do have the “Gallery” and “Artist’s Studio” sections in the magazine that spotlight an illustrator by featuring 6 to 15 pieces of artwork and a short biography of the artist. There isn’t a page rate for them, so they’re for promotional purposes only.

COMIC BOOK SERIES PROPOSALS FOR OUR COMIC BOOK LINE
Comic book series proposals must have at least eight pages of final art included with the pitch material so they can see what the finished comic book pages will look like. Beyond that requirement, please feel free to include as much additional material as you wish.

Hound Comics

Complete works (They do accept penciling, inking, lettering, and coloring samples)

Hound Comics will only publish creator-owned material. Hound will only accept proposals for brand new series or stand-alone graphic novels.

Writers: No script-only submissions. Any script or plotline unaccompanied by art will be unread and discarded. If you are an established professional, please send samples of your published work and they may be able to work something out.

Artists: They accept penciling, inking, lettering, and coloring samples. Art samples will be kept on file and may potentially lead to connecting you with other creators if and when the occasion presents itself.

Submission Guidelines:

  • A one page, synopsis of the overall story.
  • Send (at least 2-3 sequential) fully inked and lettered pages (preferably colored).
  • Hound publishes both full color and black and white books. If you have a colorist and can provide color pages, great!

Lion Forge Comics

Writers, Artists, Concepts

The Lion Forge, LLC (“Lion Forge”) does not regularly accept unsolicited ideas, treatments, concepts, scripts, artworks, or other materials. However, Lion Forge occasionally considers new ideas, formats, or concepts from outside sources.

If you have an idea, treatment, concept, artwork – you may submit such materials to Lion Forge, but only if you first acknowledge and agree to the Lion Forge Submission Policy and Submission Release Agreement.

Please note that if you choose to submit materials, send a link to publicly-posted portfolios. Any submissions in excess of 25 MB will not be accepted, and must be provided by sending a link.

You won’t always get an immediate response, but our editors DO look at everything that comes through the portal.

Red 5 Comics

Pencillers,  Inkers, Colorists, Letterers, Completed Works

Artists

Your submission should include at least five (5) pages of your best sequential storytelling art, not just sketches or pin-ups. These pages should demonstrate an ability to handle a variety of scenes, technology, backgrounds and characters… ranging from quiet dialog to intense action.

Pencillers: your portfolio should show pencils-only, not inked or colored pages. Make sure the scans are of good enough quality to clearly see your work.

Inkers: your examples should be black-and-white and include side-by-side comparison with the original pencils.

Colorists: your portfolio should be based on line-art from multiple artists and show your abilities in a variety of styles.

Creator Owned Projects

Red 5 Comics is always open to looking at quality creator-owned projects for publication. You and your team deliver print-ready pages, and Red 5 Comics looks after marketing, printing, distribution and related activity. The comic is published and there is a profit-split. You and your team retain full rights to the intellectual property.

Your project must already have a full creative team committed and on-board, including a writer, penciller, inker, colorist (if color), and letterer. Red 5 Comics is interested only in projects that are G, PG or PG-13 in nature. We will not accept R-rated proposals. No costumed superhero stories at this time.

Red Giant Entertainment

Writers, Pencilers, Inkers, Colorists

Red Giant Entertainment, Inc., is an Intellectual Property development transmedia company.

Unless they specifically ask you to snail-mail something to them — a printed book, a flash drive, bribes — submit your work to submissions@redgiantentertainment.com. We’re well into the 21st Century, and our creators around the world send files digitally.

When submitting .jpgs by Email, LABEL YOUR FILES PROPERLY.

DO NOT send links instead of your samples, although it is OK to include links IN ADDITION TO your samples.

Include a COVER LETTER. Your name, your address, your credits if any, what you’re submitting, and why.

Before you send anything — concept or story or art or lettering or covers — download, fill out, and sign the RED GIANT SUBMISSION FORM.

Red Giant does not review any unsolicited story concepts, ideas, proposals, or scripts for properties they already publish, or any property not owned by the person/agent submitting it.

DO NOT SEND UNSOLICITED STORY SUBMISSIONS. They will be deleted.

WRITERS: Please send us an Email outlining your writing accomplishments/experience and why you hope to write for Red Giant Entertainment.
ARTISTS: Five to 10 pages of sample artwork is plenty.
PENCILERS: If you pencil, just send pencils of your sequential pages. Don’t send inks, letters, or colors if you’re trying to sell your pencilling skills.
INKERS: Submit .jpgs of the pencils you inked as well as the inks, for comparison purposes. It’s best to show inks over more than one professional penciller.
COLORISTS: Send us sequential samples over PROFESSIONAL artwork.
COVER PAINTERS: traditional and digital painters are welcome.

SCAR Comics

Creator-Owned Projects

Scar Comics are always on the look out for original stories from talented creators, who wish to get their book published, but have not been picked up by other publishers, or can’t afford to publish their books.

They pay for the printing and marketing of the book. You provide a completed graphic novel.

Do not send any superhero stories, or scripts without any artwork as they only accept projects with an artist attached. If you are an editor submitting an Anthology send samples of each story.

Your pitch should consist of the following:

  •  6 – 10 pages of complete artwork from your book 72dpi, full size
  •  A full story outline including the concept in a sentence, beginning, middle and end
  •  Details of any main characters key to the story (optional)
  •  Full details of your final page count and format

Scout Comics

Scout Comics & Entertainment is actively looking for creator-owned titles to publish.

Writers: PLEASE DON’T JUST SEND US WRITING SAMPLES! If you’re an established professional looking for help finding an artist, they might very well be able to help, but their model is not to read raw scripts and put together creative dream teams.

Artists: THEY DO ACCEPT inking, pencilling, lettering, or coloring samples. They’ll keep your submissions on file and may hook you up with other creators if and when those opportunities arise.

A PROPOSAL should:

  • Mention what makes your comic unique and sets it apart from other comics in the genre. It
    should also explain who the target audience is.
  • Include A ONE PAGE synopsis of the story. An overview of the ENTIRE series or story arc.
  • FIVE (5) PAGES of HI-REZ fully INKED and LETTERED ART.
  • A COVER MOCK-UP

Stranger Comics

Artists, Completed Works

Writers : If, however, you have a completed work or you have teamed with an artist for a creator-owned work and are seeking distribution, please see Publishing Services.

Artists: Please send all submissions to stranger@strangercomics.com. Please note your name and specific profession (penciler, colorist, etc.) in the subject line.

Publishing Services: Stranger Comics is a comic book publishing company with full publishing and distribution services. If you have a completed book or a creator-owned work in progress with an artist team, they are happy to consider your book for release through Stranger Comics. Contact joshua@strangercomics.com prior to sending over any pitch material as they may require a submission agreement depending on the project’s stage of completion.

Timebomb Comics

Time Bomb Comics wants to publish a wide variety of comics from a wide variety of genres – science-fiction, thriller, mystery, romance, horror, superhero, adventure – and are looking to work with committed writers and artists

No Viz–style humor strips, parodies of existing works and sex comics.

WRITERS: send a fully scripted short story of no more than five finished comic pages. It can be in any genre, but your story must have a beginning, middle and end. If you have an example of work you´ve already completed or had published elsewhere then by all means send that as your sample.

ARTISTS: Submit no more than five pages of sequential storytelling in any genre which demonstrates your understanding of the comics format. Send work you´ve already completed or had published elsewhere as your sample if you wish.

COLOURISTS/LETTERERS/ETC.
Contact them to find out if there are any current opportunities.

*Note for all submissions*

  • Samples must be sent as separate attachments
  • NO links to online portfolios (or sites such as Deviantart)

Their guidelines are pretty clear and while they like to hear from new talent any submissions not following the guidelines (regarding how samples are sent) will not be considered.
submissions@timebombcomics.com

Titan Comics

Writers, Artists, Completed Works

Titan Comics welcomes all submissions, and all submissions will be reviewed directly by the editorial team. They prefer to receive all submissions digitally.

NEW PITCHES: The chances of them picking up your title are vastly improved if you are approaching us as a writer/artist team, or if you are an artist writing your own title.

They are still open to writer-only pitches, and do read all submitted plots, so an electrifying concept will still make it through. Titan’s preferred format for new and original series is for stories to be told in four issues, each of around 20-22 pages in length.

If you have an artist on board, seeing art samples is essential. Similarly, if you already have a colorist and/or letterer as part of your team, seeing samples of their work, and how they will work together as a team, is paramount.

Valiant Entertainment

Artists and writers may submit portfolios and previously published work to submissions@valiantentertainment.com


Submission Guidelines for Manga Publishers

Manga publishers who accept submissions

Antarctic Press

Artists, writers

Artists: ONE COMPLETE ISSUE (22-30 pages) of rendered (penciled, inked) SEQUENTIAL art via photocopies. They look for a MANGA/ANIME style of artwork, that many of their creators employ. Examples of published work could be used if applicable.

If you wish to submit your own original series, start with a one-shot or a 3- to 4-issue mini-series.

Writers:

  1. 1- to 4-page typed STORY SYNOPSIS and/or TREATMENTS. If they like your idea, they’ll request a script from you.
  2. A typed cover sheet of the overview of your story. Example: How many issues the story will be and how many pages per issues. 1- to 4-issue mini-series are preferred over ongoing series. Stories that are finite encourage the retailer to give your new comic a chance.
  3. Published work that you’ve done if applicable.

eManga

For Individual Creators:

They are looking for up and coming creatives. They are looking to publish original manga, comics, novels, light novels, novellas, illustrated works, games, magazines, fiction, journals, memoirs, thesis, collected opinion pieces, commentary, literary biographies, foreign language publications, textbooks, and any type of creative work that you wish to share with the world.

Work submitted should be completed work, no project proposal, incomplete works, or pitches accepted.

Submit sample images or links to the work you wish to be reviewed.

eManga can also work with you to distribute your work on a variety of different platforms and marketplaces.

Seven Seas Entertainment

While they do not take unsolicited submissions, you can submit your portfolio to Seven Seas. You can contact them with your portfolio and/or information here.

Sweatdrop

Sweatdrop is not an employer but a group of artists who print and sell their work under the brand. All print runs are paid for by the individual creators, excepting anthologies; the group does NOT cover individual printing cost. It provides a platform for creators to self-publish their own stories and sell them online and at events.

Sweatdrop is always happy to consider new members!
You need to:

  • Live in the UK
  • Create original comics
  • Have one completed comic, to a high standard, ready to print

Comic Submission Guidelines for Book Publishers

Book Publishers who accept creator submissions

Literary Agents Who Represent Graphic Novels

Niki Smith has curated a list of literary agents who represent graphic novels and comics. Every agency on this list has mentioned an interest in graphic novels either on their website or their blog or made a GN sale– no second-hand info unless it was well vouched for.

Arthur A Levine Books

Arthur A. Levine Books do not accept unsolicited novel-length manuscripts outright.

They do look at the following materials:

  • Picture Books: Query letter + the full text
  • Novels: Query letter + the first two chapters + synopsis
  • Other: Query letter + 10-page sample + synopsis/proposal
  • Illustration: Three sample illustrations and/or links to online portfolios

They look for strong writing, beautiful artwork, authentic emotion, and ideas or perspectives they haven’t seen before, and enjoy working with debut authors and illustrators.

With the exception of picture book dummies (see below), all submissions are reviewed online through Submittable.

If you are met with the message “There are presently no open calls for submissions,” we have reached our monthly limit on queries. Please wait until the first day of the next month to submit your query.

If you are submitting a picture book dummy (full text and illustrations), it may be sent to them through the mail. (This is the only kind of query that will be accepted through the mail.)

Groundwood Submissions

PICTURE BOOKS:
Due to the large number of submissions we receive, Groundwood regrets that we cannot accept unsolicited manuscripts for picture books.

NOVEL-LENGTH FICTION:
We are always looking for new authors of novel-length fiction for children of all ages. Their mandate is to publish high-quality, character-driven literary fiction. They do not publish stories with an obvious moral or message, or genre fiction such as thrillers or fantasy.
Please submit no more than one manuscript at a time.

ART GUIDELINES:
Groundwood Books is looking for Canadian illustrators to interpret the words of some of Canada’s finest children’s writers. Their emphasis is on stories of real children in convincing situations and milieus, both contemporary and historical, for all ages from infants to teens. Art may be realistic or abstracted and stylized to any degree, but conventional cartoon and animation styles are not needed.

Nonfiction illustrators are also needed: scientific drawing in natural history and other fields, and historical reconstruction are among the areas we are interested in.

As well, they need cover artists for a wide range of fiction from early readers to young adult.

You may also send digital samples (PDFs, JPEGs, TIFFs) as e-mail attachments.

They also accept physical samples by mail as specified below:

  • 4 to 10 black-and-white or color copies or digital color proofs
  • 4 to 10 tear sheets, press sheets, postcards
  • 1 to 2 published, bound books or sets of folded and gathered sheets

Kids Can Press Illustrator Guidelines

Kids Can Press are interested in and look forward to seeing illustrations of all kinds. Every book is unique, and they never know what they’ll need regarding illustration style.
Send us an email with your contact information and a link to your website or portfolio. Attach only one or two low-resolution JPEGs that best represent your work.

Lerner Publishing Group

Lerner Publishing Group works with many talented authors and illustrators to create its books for children and young adults.

Illustrators: They accept resumes and portfolio samples from children’s book illustrators. Photographers: They accept resumes and portfolio samples from photographers who have content appropriate for children’s books.

Authors of books for Jewish children and families: Their Kar-Ben Publishing imprint does accept unsolicited manuscripts for Jewish-themed children’s books.

Fiction and picture book authors: They don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts from authors. Occasionally, we may put out a call for submissions, which will be announced on their blog.

O’Brien Press

O’Brien Press Manuscript Submission Guidelines

The O’Brien Press are committed to new and developing talent, and encourage any aspiring authors to send their writing in.

However, please note the following:

They publish mainly children’s fiction, children’s non-fiction, and adult non-fiction. They do not publish poetry, academic works or adult fiction.

Should your submission be 1000 words or less then you may submit your work in its entirety. Please number all the pages of your submission appropriately. For anything more than this length — for example, a children’s novel — a synopsis and 2 or 3 sample chapters is more than adequate.

Penguin Publishing

Donald A. Wollheim (DAW) Books are strongly committed to discovering and nurturing new talent, and to keeping a personal “family” spirit at DAW—something they feel is all too rare in today’s world of international conglomerate publishing.

Submission Guidelines
DAW accepts unsolicited submissions of science fiction and fantasy novels. No short stories, short story collections, novellas, or poetry. The average length of the novels they publish is almost never fewer than 80,000 words.

A literary agent is not required for submission. NO manuscripts that are currently on submission to another publisher unless prior arrangements have been made with a literary agent.

No electronic submissions of any kind. Send us the entire manuscript with a cover letter.

Seven Stories

An independent press publishing works of literature and nonfiction by voices of conscience.
Books for Progressive Children, Baby Radicals, and Curious Kids of All Stripes

Manuscript submissions, accompanied by a cover letter and two sample chapters only, with a 46-cent SASE or postcard for reply.

Sterling Publishing

No electronic submissions.

Adult and Young Adult Books

At present, the Sterling list is composed of a broad range of subject areas including current events, diet and health, parenting, pop culture, reference, history, art and artists, music, and everything in between.

Children’s Books
Sterling Children’s Books publishes both fiction and non-fiction, including the classics, picture books, joke books, and novelty formats, as well as books for babies and toddlers. FlashKids imprint publishes workbooks and flash cards for preschool, elementary, and middle school students in essential curriculum areas such as reading, math, writing, test preparation, and much more.

Submissions Guidelines
Please write to us explaining your idea and enclose an outline and a sample chapter of the proposed book (typed and double-spaced, please) along with sample illustrations where applicable. For Children’s books, please submit full manuscripts. No electronic (e-mail) submissions. Be sure to include information about yourself with particular regard to your skills and qualifications in the subject area of your submission.

Titan Books

NON-FICTION ART & COMICS REFERENCE
They are looking for strong proposals for these titles, preferably creator or character-led. They prefer writers who have a proven track record in this area, and good contacts in the art & comics world. They are also interested to hear from writers who would be interested in working on licensed publications they have already contracted.

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
The majority of Titan’s graphic novel titles are licensed from overseas publishers or acquired through agents. They do publish a growing number of originated graphic novels. They run portfolio sessions at comic conventions where your work may be reviewed. They are interested to hear from writers and artists who would be interested in working on licensed projects they have already contracted.

TwoMorrows Publishing

If you have an idea for a book you’d like TwoMorrows to consider publishing, please e-mail publisher John Morrow at twomorrow@aol.com

To help them better evaluate your idea, send a 1000 word (or less) proposal, including a detailed description and highlights of the project, who you see as the main audience for it, and a breakdown of the chapters of the book.

For details on submitting art and articles for their magazines, please contact each of their editors directly for the submission requirements:


Comic and Cartoon Syndicate Submission Guidelines

Cartoon and newspaper syndicates who accept artist submissions

Creators, Inc

Creators, Inc. distributes a great variety of continuing features, such as comic strips and panels, columns and political cartoons, as well as books and original manuscripts. They are constantly on the lookout for quality features. The potential distribution for your work includes virtually every American newspaper that buys syndicated material, as well as other national and international publications.

Since 2015, Creators only accepts submissions digitally. All hard-copy submissions will be returned to the sender without being opened, read or considered in any way.

They like to develop a personal relationship with the artists and writers they syndicate – include some information about yourself with your submission (resumes are fine). While having been published before is, of course, a great recommendation, good writing, and cartooning stand on their own, and your material will be considered whether you have a cabinet full of clips or not.

King Features

King Features is always happy to look at new comic features for possible syndication. They believe in the art of cartooning and place great importance on looking at new material. They carefully consider every comic strip or panel idea submitted.

Your total submission package should include:

  • A cover letter — that briefly outlines the overall nature of your comic strip.
  • 24 daily comic strips — on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper (you can fit up to 3 or 4 strips per page).
  • A character sheet — that shows your major characters (if any) along with their names and a paragraph description of each.
  • No submissions via email.

WHAT DO KING FEATURES LOOK FOR IN A SUBMISSION?
“We are looking for comic features that will simultaneously appeal to the editors who buy comics and the readers whose interest the comics must sustain for years to follow. We don’t have a formula for telling us which comics will do that, but we do look for some elements that we believe people respond to.

First, we look for a uniqueness that reflects the cartoonist’s individual slant on the world and humor. If we see that unique slant, we look to see if the cartoonist is turning his or her attention to events that other people can relate to.

Second, we very carefully study a cartoonist’s writing ability. Good writing helps weak art, better than good art helps weak writing. Good art is also important. It is what first attracts readers to a comic strip. We look to see that your art is drawn clearly and with visual impact. We want our comics to be noticed on a page.

Finally, we look for your ability to sustain a high level of quality material. We want comics that readers will enjoy for years and years.”

Tribune Content Agency

Tribune Content Agency accepts electronic-only submissions for columns, commentary, comics, editorial cartoons, puzzles and other content, including high-profile digital ventures and multimedia offerings.

They are looking for well-established brand names and talent with a history of strong audience appeal. Referrals from established contacts or agents are preferred. They approve and take to market only a small fraction of the content they receive.

Universal Uclick

Universal Uclick is always looking for great new comics and columns.

Submission Guide for Comics
-4 to 6 weeks of samples of a proposed feature
-A letter explaining the purpose and scope of your material.

Washington Post

Submit a Cartoon
To submit your editorial cartoons or comic strip/panel for consideration, please provide at least 24 cartoons in one multi-page PDF document, with at least two dailies on each page.
Email your submission to cartoonsubmission@washpost.com

Further Reading

Resources: How To Break Into Comics and Survive Once You’re There

A constantly updated list of resources for creators in all ends of the business, from the mechanics of pitching to the psychology or surviving, how to exhibit at shows, crowdfunding basics and more.

About Jason Thibault

Jason Thibault  is a writer, artist, & owner of boutique content marketing agency Massive Kontent. Follow him on Twitter (@jasonthibault) and Instagram (@jay_thibs).