08-21-2003, 06:56 PM
Hey guys it's been a while, I know... Well anywho would any of you know how I could sell a comic book idea? My friend Dragor Sparadon and I are working on this idea... Think campy Batmanesque from the 60s TV show meets Slimer from the Ghostbusters with a splash of pop-icon humor... Anyone know where we might find a publisher who would want to pick something like this up? http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/wink.gif
Twisting Dreams into Reality
08-21-2003, 07:12 PM
Marvel comics have started a program called Epic. Writers send in their submissions, and if they get approved, they get $500. They then hook up with an artist (who must be approved by Marvel/Epic) and they make their book. Marvel will then print and distribute it, at which time your team gets paid again, $7,000 I think. Head over to http://www.marvel.com/epic/ for all the details.
08-21-2003, 07:27 PM
Also, CrossGen does a line now called Code6. If you're really serious about it, look into that one as well.
Otherwise, there's always TopShelf.
08-21-2003, 08:54 PM
Unless of course you care about creator's rights. In which case you're basically screwed, so far as I can see...
Epic takes ALL the rights. Once they publish it they have the rights to your creation, and it's my understanding of the contract, they could concievably use your characters, even your world, without further compensating you, unless you decide to sue, and recoup some of your rights. It's highly likely you would loose though- the contract is tight.
Code6 is claiming to be a third, great new option (the first two being self publishing, costly, hard and risky, OR conventional publishing, whereupon you as creator generally loose all or most your rights, but get paid). However, Code6 leaves you with only 25% of your rights, saying you may 'do what you wish' with that. Yeah, I guess you can make your own comic later about the the further exploits of Character A....from his boots down. Har.
SO they own 75% of your property, and you get only 25% of the revenue, and what's more, only 25% of any future revenue, from movies, tv shows, video games (all other media), and merchandise, such as toys, t-shirts, etc.
Furthermore, you still have to be accepted and they are looking for 'mainstream'. So, for all the fancy wording, Code6 is quite simply the same deal as any other publisher, except you are guaranteed your meager 25% ownership, whereas with some publishers you'd never even get that.
From what I see so far, the only way to get published AND retain creator rights, is to be already successful and in demand, such as Neil Gaiman, and then negotiate a special contract with whatever company. In a very, very rare circumstance, I suppose a newbie who had a property they REALLY wanted, might be able to maintain creator rights, if they were willing to take a hard hit in the wallet, most likely.
I don't know if you care about the rights, Stat, I just know I do.
Also, from what I've seen, it's much easier to get published if you already have an artist attached. Several companies will only accept writer/artist team submissions.
And the best tip I've read so far, and I read it all the time, is to submit to comic companies which already publish the genre you are peddling. Anotherwards, don't send a mature horror title to DC.
"The Goddess has spoken..."
08-24-2003, 04:44 PM
Thanks guys I really appreciate all the help! Any suggestions on which publishers would pick up on a comdey/satire type book? As for having a write and artist combo, it's in the bag! http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/wink.gif My friend Sparadon and I working on two books with him doing most of the writing with me doing consulting on what's written and all the art.
Twisting Dreams into Reality
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