Humanoids is a comic book publisher that got its start in Paris, in the early 1970’s. They’re best known for publishing European comic books such as classics like The Incal, but recently they launched a superhero shared universe named H1.
They are also a comic book publisher that has an open submissions policy. You can find their submissions page here; https://www.humanoids.com/divers/pageShow/id/5
Unusually, if you’re a writer, they will allow you to pitch a project even if an artist is not yet attached, although undoubtedly having an artist will increase your chances of a successful pitch.
They ask for 5-10 completed interior pages (if you have an artist) plus a cover.
There is a pitch document you can download from the page telling you how to layout your pitch.
It is also recommended that you look through the books they put out, to see if your pitch matches their style. Their books don’t tend to be mainstream projects, their focus rather being on indie and other unusual stories.
The Good Fight Anthology
The Good Fight anthology, which was put together to raise funds for The Southern Poverty Law Center, is now available on Etsy.
Follow the link here to pick up a copy.
I contributed an eight page story called “Invasion!”, which you can exclusively read in The Good Fight, and nowhere else.
The anthology also features a lot of other talented creators.
It’s for a good cause, so I encourage people to pick it up.
Markosia is a British comic book publisher, founded by Harry Markos in 2005. Their website can be found here; https://markosia.com/
They have an open submissions policy that can be found on their website here; https://markosia.com/contact/submission-guidelines/
Markosia encourages submissions from artists and letterers, however if you are a writer, you will need to team-up with an artist to put together a project proposal.
The company operates on a profit share basis, taking a portion of the profits, and allowing the rest to be divided up between the creators.
Markosia’s printed books are all at least 40 pages long. Which means that individual issues usually receive digital only releases, and then the story is collected together in a trade paper back which is printed.
If you’re just starting out in the comic book industry, maybe with a few small press projects already under your belt, then Markosia is a good publisher to approach.
SPOD! Oddities From Space
Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing another strip which featured in the SPOD! Oddities From Space anthology. This strip is called ‘Instincts’ and I worked with an artist called David Blankley to bring it to life.
I hope you guys enjoy reading it, as much as we did putting it together.
Instincts Page 1
Instincts Page 2
Instincts Page 3
Instincts Page 4
Instincts Page 5
Lion Forge Comics
Lion Forge has been in the press a lot this last week, after it was announced that it would be merging with Oni Press.
Lion Forge mostly focuses on publishing creator owned books, with its mission statement to promote diverse voices.
It also has its own superhero universe called Catalyst Prime and it publishes a Dungeons & Dragons magazine called Rolled & Told.
Lion Forge does allow submissions through their website here; https://www.lionforge.com/submissions/
Also, Rolled & Told does accept submission for module and article writers. You need to have examples of previous work, demonstrating that you can write in this area. The submissions page can be found here; https://www.rolledandtold.com/submissions/
However, the merger has put a lot of the future of these titles in question. There have been a lot of layoffs at the company, including the editor of Rolled & Told – Christina “Steenz” Stewart. This is a real shame, as she was encouraging a lot of new writers to submit to Rolled & Told (something which you don’t see enough of in the industry). It is currently unknown if the title will continue without her at the helm.
Lion Forge has been criticized for letting go of a lot of these editors, since they were responsible for bringing in the diverse voices that Lion Forge tries to promote.
Still, both Lion Forge and Oni Press have done good work in the past, and we can only hope that they come out the other side of this merger as a more stable entity.
The submissions page over at the Lion Forge website is still open, and if you’re a writer or an artist trying to break into the industry, then submitting to Lion Forge certainly won’t hurt. Maybe there will be a delay in looking at projects, but with any luck they will be able to look through submissions when things have settled down over there.
Dungeon Masters Guild
Well folks, I’ve made an attempt at writing an adventure for Dungeons & Dragons. In my previous blog posts I’ve discussed the different ways that you can write for Dungeons & Dragons and publish your work.
I’ve submitted Kobold Hall through the Dungeons Masters Guild. You can find and download it here; https://www.dmsguild.com/product/274671/Kobold-Hall-5e
It has a suggested price, but you can pick it up for free, if you like.
The Dungeon Masters Guild allows you to self-publish something you’ve written and put it up for sale through the website. There are literally thousands of publications available through the DMs Guild now.
The website is worth checking out, and I hope you take a look at the adventure that I’ve written as well.
100% Biodegradable Comic Collection 2
100% Biodegradable is an online comic strip anthology. Previously this small press anthology has only been made available online, but this year it has arrived in print, and you can pick it up on Amazon.
You can find the blog associated with 100% Biodegradable here; http://biomekazoik.blogspot.com/
So far four 100% Biodegradable Comic Collections have been released. You can find them all here;
Among the strips you can find a three page strip by me and Stewart Moore called “Projections”. It’s in 100% Biodegradable Comic Collection 2.
Small press anthologies give new creators the opportunity to get work out there, so show your support and pick up a collection today.
One Page Dungeon Contest
Here’s a writing contest, for any writers (or artists) looking to get into top RPG writing. Go to https://www.dungeoncontest.com/ and you’ll find information about the One Page Dungeon Contest.
The competition is for you to write and map a dungeon which is no more than a single page long.
Each adventure is designed to be system neutral, so that it could be used with any edition of Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder or another gaming system. Therefore you are told not to include stats, just provide some-kind of map, a key and some generic monsters that can be found in any of those games.
And honestly, even all that is open to interpretation. Entrants are encouraged to be imaginative in their approach.
Further details can be found on the submissions guideline page; https://www.dungeoncontest.com/submission-guide
The deadline is May 1st, 2019.
However, the competition does run annually if you don’t have time to enter this year.
The winning entries will be compiled in a book, available as a pdf and as print-on-demand.
Sponsors include Kobold Press, Green Ronin Publishing and many others.
FutureQuake Press has put out a call for scripts for two of their publications. If you’re unaware, FutureQuake Press is a small press publisher that specializes in 2000AD fanzines. The focus of Zarjaz is Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog stars in Dogbreath.
Apparently they’re running low on scripts and it has reached the point where it is actually endangering the continued publication of these two long running magazines.
Now, as a small press publisher, FutureQuake Press doesn’t pay for work, but it does provide you with an opportunity to get your work out there, while getting to write some classic characters.
The experience of working with an editor and seeing an artist interpret your words is really useful, if you’re a writer trying to break into the industry.
I’ve previous had work published in FutureQuake Press’ two other publications – FutureQuake and Something Wicked.
I also had a Judge Dredd strip published in Zarjaz #29.
You can find a link here to FutureQuake Press‘ recent post; https://futurequake.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/zarjaz-dogbreath-need-you/
If you have a good idea for a strip featuring Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog or any other 2000AD character, I encourage you to write a script and submit it.
Good luck, writers!
Dungeon Masters Guild
Along with the Open-Gaming License, the makers of Dungeons & Dragons have provided another way for people to create content for the game.
The Dungeons Masters Guild hosts material which includes pdf and Print-on-Demand reprints of older Dungeons & Dragons publications stretching back to the origins of the game. It also hosts new material provided by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.
The Dungeon Masters Guild also allow fans to create their own content for Dungeons & Dragons, that they can upload and sell through the website. They currently allow users to create content for the Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, the Ravenloft horror setting, the Ravnica setting (which is based on the Magic the Gathering card game) and the Eberron fantasy/steampunk setting (along with generic content).
This also allows the use of material not permitted by the Open-Gaming License.
Wizards of the Coast actively encourages their fans to create. They provide artwork which can be used by creators and they run the Guild Adept program for promising game designers, which brings creators together to create official content which is released through the DMs Guild.
It is truly noteworthy how Wizards of the Coast have encouraged creativity and actively seek out new talent.
You can find the Dungeon Masters Guild here; https://www.dmsguild.com/
And you can find the Content Guidelines here; https://support.dmsguild.com/hc/en-us/articles/217028818-Content-Guidelines
If you’re a writer, and you have any interest in roleplaying games, I strongly encourage you to check the website out.