I’ve been sending my work to comic book publishers. I did some research and thought I could share it with my readers.
First, I went to my local comic stores and wrote down the names of independent companies I saw. I also jotted down what kind of comics they published (horror, pop culture) and the quality. Then I looked them up online and tried to find their submission guidelines.
Specifically, I was looking at their writers’ guidelines, and if they accept scripts without art, but some of this would be helpful for artists or writer/artists.
On a few of them, I mention they are looking for high concept stuff. What do I mean by “high concept?” That’s a judgment call on my part. It’s like when you can distill a story down to a flashy advertising phrase.
Abstract Studios is just Terry Moore’s stuff.
Alias is now part of Lamppost
Antarctic Press is open to non-super hero submissions from writers. However, they will not pair you with artists. They will keep a promising script on hand. For what I’m not sure.
Ape Entertainment – Open to subs from creative teams. Can’t just be a writer. Have to have it all together. Also does RPGs.
Arcana – Finished projects only.
Archaia – Finished projects only.
Aspen – No submissions
Asylum Press – Horror only.
Avalon/Haberlin – Might just be his own work.
Avatar – Have to be famous
Big Dog Ink – Didn’t look like it needed anything. There’s a submission link that brings you to forums where you can post links to your current works, but that’s it. Might be more for artists to post work.
Blue Water – No writers at this time. Looking for high concept stuff.
Boom – No subs
Campfire – Has a submission queue on web site, but I think it’s more for artists. Tend to have retellings of classic stories, so the Greek warthog story might work. A few originals are still period pieces.
Dark Horse – Looking for finished products
Desperado – Established only, writer artist teams only, now an imprint of IDW
Devil’s Due – Does not seem to be accepting submissions. Definitely will if you’re already famous.
Do Gooder Press – Just his stuff
Dynamite – Send a query. Top names, though. Doubtful.
Exploding Funny Books is just Eric Powell’s stuff.
Humanoids Press – I sent e-mail. They look like they only do top names, but I don’t know. In reply, they said there are no submission guidelines and to feel free to send anything.
Icon – Marvel creators only
IDW – Doesn’t look like they’re looking for anything. They responded to an e-mail of mine that said to submit through the e-mail for letters.
Lamp Post – Christian
Oni – Not open to traditional submissions. “we decided to suspend the submissions process in favor of a more streamlined process-namely, viewing online comics, portfolios, and resumes, reading minicomics, and meeting people at conventions. We are always looking for talent. Come by our booth at any convention and introduce yourself. We are more than happy to talk.”
Peregrine – Just their stuff
Red 5 – Open to relative unknowns, as long as you’re established. But you must have a team.
Slave Labor – Finished only.
Tokyopop – Closed
Top Cow – Finished projects. Top names only.
Top Shelf – Finished projects only.
Top Shelf 2.0 – Web stuff. Finished projects only. There’s an anthology thing online. No special guidelines, e-mail reply from editor: just send me a link or small attachment!
Udon – Doesn’t seem to publish anything but a few licensed properties and their own stuff. But can be hired as an art studio.
Viz – only Japanese
Zenescape – If you have an artist draw it first, “we’ll strongly consider it,” but there’s no room in the publishing schedule to do other people’s work.
Someone wrote on their guidelines: Web sites like Digital Webbing, DeviantART and Penciljack are excellent sites for connecting with other creators.