First, find a publisher that does take submissions
The Definitive List of Comic Book Publishers who take Submissions
Ensure your work will fit with what they publish. Read their submission guidelines thoroughly but don’t apply immediately. Find out what they want and then take the time to do a bit of research on the process.
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Do send exactly what the company asks for and nothing extra. The main advice is to be as direct and compelling in your pitch as you can be. And short, max 2 pages 🙂
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In episode 51 of the podcast
I chatted with Brad Brooks, cartoonist, comic scholar and & co-author of ‘The Essential Guide to World Comics’. It was a pretty wide ranging conversation covering Harvey Kurtzman, what makes comics so special and the pros and cons of digital drawing. I also asked Brad for some World comic recommendations and as well as the ones mentioned on the podcast he sent through a list of some other favourites:
by Hector German Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lopez
by Hector German Oesterheld and Alberto Breccia
The Arab of the Future
by Riad Sattouf (Two Roads)
Imbattable (Invincible in English)
by Pascal Jousselin
The Golden Age
by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa
Poppies from Iraq
by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim
(Drawn and Quarterly)
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
by Sonny Liew
by Jens K. Styve (self-published)
Twists of Fate
by Paco Roca
Ceÿx Seys Ceix
by Kristen Haas Curtis
Some other publishers to mention are:
as all of these publish comics from all over the world, many of them translated into English.
And I’m going to sneak one in as well…
by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
(Dark Horse Horse Books)
A huge thanks to Brad for sending these in.
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Will Eisner’s early years
Here’s a list of most of the reference materials I read while putting together the first part of my Will Eisner profile in episode 4 of The Lakes International Comic Art Podcast.
Alter Ego issue 48
Twomorrows Publishing has a great range of titles exploring comic history. Issue 48 concentrates on Eisner’s early years and includes an interview with the man himself on his days working with Quality comics.
Eisner’s own retelling of his time as a comic book artist before developing the Spirit, it’s a thin volume and essential reading.
Available from Amazon
The Comic Detective
Ken Quattro unearthed the original court transcripts of the DC vs Fox Wonder Man trial.
Comic Book Artist, Vol 2, No. 6
Tribute issue to Will Eisner with contributions from some of the biggest names in comics. Available as a digital download from Twomorrows Publishing
If you’re interested in the period of the birth of the comic book industry, the following books are brilliantly informative…
Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
by Gerard Jones
Wonderfully evocative exploration of the era.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Paperback
by Michael Chabon
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, a fictional tale of two comic creators during this era.
Book club with Michael Chabon
Radio 4 interview with Michael Chabon about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, he talks about interviewing Will Eisner for the book.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival recently announced that this years festival will mark the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth with three exciting projects to celebrate the work and impact he had on the comic industry.
Eisner started supplying strips to comic publishers in 1936, encouraged by his school friend and future Batman creator Bob Kane. He set up a studio with former editor Jerry Iger, employing a staff of comic artists to draw strips for a range of early comic book publishers. The Spirit, Eisner’s most famous and lasting creation premiered in a weekly syndicated Sunday newspaper supplement in June, 1940. Eisner was able to deliver stories to his more mature audience using innovative storytelling techniques, drawing inspiration from cinema and film noir in particular.
After, a stint in the Army during World War II, Eisner continued The Spirit and set up a company producing educational comics, particularly used for training purposes. He produced a number of autobiographical long form comics, helping to popularise the term ‘graphic novel’. He created one of the first major works on comics theory with the publication of ‘Comics & Sequential Art’ in 1985. He continued to produce comics right up to his death in 2005.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is commemorating 100 years since Will Eisner’s birth in the following ways:
A broad sheet sized centennial comic, with contributions from contemporary comic greats such as Sean Philips, Ed Brubaker, Jason Latour and many more.
An exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre of Eisner’s comic artwork from throughout his long career with rare pages and several complete Spirit stories.
A competition for students to illustrate ‘The Spirit of the Lake District’
Full details of these great events are on ComicArtFestival.com
Keep listening to the Podcast, where we will be examining Will Eisner’s life and his astounding contribution to comic art in future episodes.