Comic Artists Open Call: Samples Requested for new British imprint

Please Note: This Open Call is now CLOSED – thank you to everyone who sent samples – look out for news on project in mid 2021

B7 Media 2020 Project Promotion

COMIC ARTISTS WANTED FOR NEW IMPRINT – OPEN CALL

This is an open call for comic strip samples for upcoming paid projects in 2021/ 2022.

I’m working with British company B7 Media and other partners on the launch a new comic imprint, who plan a number of paid comics projects which will we will begin work on next year. They range from hard science fiction to steampunk, fantasy, horror and gothic horror.

As you can imagine, as a freelance editor who has worked for Marvel, Titan Comics and other publishers, I already have a lot of samples  of comic creators work on file, but in some cases, those files need updating and there are plenty of artists out there whose work I may not know.

The slant of initial projects requires action adventure style art – so no ligne claire at this point, or humour strips but very much yes to samples featuring published action adventure work, SF and steampunk – and fantasy strips too. 

We want to see comic strip pages, primarily, but if you’re more of a cover artist, very happy to see samples, too.

HOW TO SUBMIT SAMPLES

Send up to three strip pages to downthetubesATcruciblecomicpress.com. (Replace the AT with @ when composing your mail). Please ensure your subject header includes “Comic Strip Samples”

Please include pencils if you do them of at least one of the pages, as well as a finished page.

Colour samples are also welcomed; again, three pages only

Send us up to four covers.

No samples need to be high resolution. If you’d prefer to send a link to an online portfolio, that’s perfectly fine, but please make sure your most recent work is prominent. 

Please include a short bio indicating published work, web links, and an indication of your page rates and a realistic indication how long it takes you to deliver a page. (We appreciate that these days artists are juggling projects and sometimes comic strip art is not their day job!)

Thank you for your interest.

John Freeman
Editor and Publisher – downthetubes.net
Crucible Press

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 12th January 2021. Please note that owing to the number of submissions expected, we will not be able to respond to every submission. We will try to acknowledge receipt of samples received.

Submissions received will be stored offline. Your details will not be added to any database.

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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