Kobold Warren on the Dungeon Masters Guild

Dungeon Masters Guild

Dungeon Masters Guild

Howdy folks. As you know, in the gaps between my comic book projects, I’ve also started writing some Dungeons & Dragons products. The Dungeon Masters Guild allows people to upload their own adventures and supplements for the Dungeons & Dragons game.

I’ve submitted Kobold Warren through the Dungeons Masters Guild. You can find and download it here; https://www.dmsguild.com/product/294269/Kobold-Warren-5e

As with the last thing I wrote for the Guild, this product has a suggested price, but you can pick it up for free.

This is another adventure for low level characters. If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons, I hope you check it out.

Comichaus #12

Comichaus #12

Comichaus #12

Comichaus is a British anthology comic book featuring a number of short strips. Comichaus is, of course, put out by https://www.comichaus.com/ which is a digital marketplace for indie comic books.

Issue #12 will be coming out this weekend at Thought Bubble Comic Con (November the 9th) and will then receive a general release on November the 11th.

You can find it online here; https://www.comichaus.com/comics/comichaus/204836.htm?fbclid=IwAR01yq9w53jZVyu6lKUEc1JoC6HIODlYdMzW3NiyIISOcagTMsTAQa7jcM0

And why am I talking about Comichaus? Well, Comichaus #12 will feature a strip by myself and Dave Peloe titled ‘Ascension’.

I’m really excited to be involved with Comichaus and to see the strip in-print.

I hope some of you guys decide to pick it up, either at Thought Bubble Comic Con, or after the weekend when it goes on sale elsewhere.

Rolled & Told returns in 2020

Rolled & Told returns in 2020

Rolled & Told returns in 2020

It has recently been announced that Rolled & Told, the Dungeons & Dragons magazine released by publisher Lion Forge Comics, will be returning in the Fall of 2020.

With the end of Volume 1, fans were afraid that the series would not continue, but it appears that the series is only going on a temporary hiatus and will return.

If you haven’t picked it up, the first collected edition is already out and the second hardcover, which finishes collecting Volume 1, is coming out on November the 19th.

Rolled & Told is a series put out under the Quillion imprint at Lion Forge. It includes adventures that can be used with Dungeons & Dragons, and articles about the game.

Submissions are still open on the website here; https://www.rolledandtold.com/submissions/

If you want to submit, you’ll likely need some experience writing for tabletop role-playing games. This could potentially be gained through publishing on the Dungeon Masters Guild.

It is rare for a comic book company to have open submissions, and while this isn’t exactly comic book writing, it does present an unusual opportunity for writers.

I’ve written a few more articles about Dungeons & Dragons on this blog, so if you are unfamiliar with the hobby, you should easily be able to find out more by looking through what I’ve already written.

I understand the desire to succeed at the one thing you’re passionate about, but it can be a lot of fun to flex some different creative muscles, and the truth is, you’re more likely to succeed as a comic book writer, if you’re not just a comic book writer.

Expanding your horizons and doing different things will make you more likely to succeed as a writer, so this really is a great opportunity.

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2019 – 2020

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2019

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2019 – 2020

The Top Cow Talent Hunt is running from September the 10th, 2019 to February the 18th, 2020. Yep, that’s the deadline folks, so get to work.

The Top Cow Talent Hunt is a massive opportunity to break into the comic book industry and work for a professional company, so if that’s your goal, this is a competition you simply must enter.

Here is the website where you can find the details; https://topcow.com/talent-hunt/

The focus of this year’s Talent Hunt is the supernatural corner of the Top Cow universe, specifically the character of The Darkness.

There will be one artist winner, one writer winner, one artist runner-up and one writer runner-up.

Artists must complete eight pages of sequential art. Writers are required to write a twenty page script.

The website recommends looking at THE DARKNESS: ORIGINS V1THE DARKNESS: DARKNESS/ BATMAN & DARKNESS/ SUPERMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION and THE DARKNESS COMPENDIUM V1 as source material.

I am of course, a big believer of the Top Cow Talent Hunt, being one of the Writer Runner-Ups for the 2014-2015 Top Cow Talent Hunt. You can find my eight page short story “Weaponeer” in the Cyber Force Rebirth Volume Three trade paperback.

Continuity is important (although not all important), so do your research and then just write the best story that you can.

Even if you don’t win, it is a great experience, and you can always return next year and have another go. I entered for a few years before I won a Runners-Up spot.

Good luck, folks!

Thought Bubble 2019

Thought Bubble 2019

Thought Bubble 2019

Thought Bubble Comic Con returns on the 9th and 10th of November this year. Traditionally based in Leeds, it has now made the move to Harrogate.

As in previous years, 2000AD will be running a competition for one writer and one artist to be published by them. You can find details on the competition here; https://www.thoughtbubblefestival.com/2000ad-competitions

The page has a sample script titled “The Ticket” for artists to draw. As an artist, you then submit your artwork on the Saturday and a winner will be picked on the Sunday.

For the writers, you have the chance to stand up in front of an audience and make a 2 minute pitch for a 2000AD Future Shock story. This is a science fiction short story with a twist ending. The event will be first come, first served.  It is happening at 15.10 to 16.00 on the Saturday. As in previous years, not everyone will get a chance to pitch, so turn up early. If you want to write for 2000AD, this is your chance.

Vault Comics will also be doing portfolio reviews on Saturday and Sunday. It doesn’t say whether this is for artists or writers, but I suspect that it is aimed at artists. More information about the portfolio reviews and other events can be found on the event page; https://www.thoughtbubblefestival.com/comiccon-events

Check out the Thought Bubble website here; https://www.thoughtbubblefestival.com/

Humanoids

Humanoids

Humanoids

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 on Etsy

The Good Fight Anthology

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

Markosia

Markosia

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.

Instincts

SPOD! Oddities From Space

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 1

Instincts Page 2

Instincts Page 2

Instincts Page 3

Instincts Page 3

Instincts Page 4

Instincts Page 4

Instincts Page 5

Instincts Page 5

Lion Forge Comics

Lion Forge Comics

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.