Hallowscream! Call For Submissions

Hallowscream! 9 Logo

Hallowscream! 9 Logo

Hallowscream! has put out the call for submissions for their ninth issue. If you’re just starting out as a writer or artist, and you want to break into comics, Hallowscream! is the perfect place to start.

It’s an online horror themed small press anthology which can be viewed for free online.

Submissions for writers were due on July 31st, submissions for artists are due on the 17th of October and completed strips can be submitted on the 24th of October.

If you want to submit, I’d advise that if you’re a writer, that you find an artist, and if you’re an artist, that you find a writer.

Things usually come together a lot more easily when you put together a creative team yourself.

The submissions guidelines can be found here; http://www.backfromthedepths.co.uk/thetheatreofterror/2017/blah/hallowscream-nightmarish-ninth-issue-submission-guidelines/

If you want to hone your craft, you do it through practice, and Hallowscream! offers a wonderful opportunity to work with an editor.

I’d advise reading past issues to see the kind of strips that Hallowscream! accepts; http://www.backfromthedepths.co.uk/hallowscream/

You’ll find a strip written by me titled ‘Tomb World’ in issue #8.

Recommended Reading: Words For Pictures

Words For Pictures by Brian Michael Bendis

Words For Pictures by Brian Michael Bendis

So, you want to be a comic book writer? If you’re reading my blog, then my guess is that it is highly likely to be the case.

Like with anything, if you want to learn to write, you do it through study and practice.

If you’re new to the subject, then there are a lot of books out there which cover the basics of writing. Structure, characters, format, that kind of thing.

Pick up one of those books first, become familiar with the basics, then pick up Words For Pictures next.

It’s not that Words For Pictures doesn’t cover how to write comics, because it does, but because it reveals so much more about the process of writing for comics. Every page contains a wealth of information. If you truly want to appreciate how great this book is, you go read another ‘how to write comics’ book and when you’re done, you’ll be left with a ton of questions about how to break into and work in the industry.

This books answers them all.

Words For Pictures was written by the talented Brian Michael Bendis who not only teaches comics as a subject, but has written every major franchise at Marvel from the Avengers to Spider-Man to theĀ X-Men.

It starts out with chapters dealing with why a writer writes and how to write – not only scripts, but proposals and story outlines as well.

It covers in a chapter what most books spend their entire contents examining.

The books also looks at how to write for artists by interviewing artists. What mistakes many newcomers make, what excites artists, what you should and shouldn’t do.

The most valuable chapters is titled ‘The Editors’ Roundtable’ and consists of an interview with editors who actually work in the industry. If you want to get hired to write comics, this is a must-read.

And then along with a F.A.Q. and writing exercises, this book also examines the business side of comic book writing too, something most writers don’t ever think about.

I’m a writer with a professional credit to my name, and this is a book I still go back to and re-read on a regular basis.

Words For Pictures is an invaluable resource. If you’re serious about becoming a comic book writer, then pick it up.

Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment logo

Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment began life as Valiant Comics back in 1989 and many of the characters who feature in their titles can trace their origins back to then.

The fictional shared universe has been rebooted since then, but characters such as Shadowman, X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Ninjak and Harbinger all continue to feature.

Unlike most publishers, Valiant Entertainment has an open submissions policy which can be found here; http://valiantentertainment.com/about-us/

Writers and artists can submit portfolios of previously published work to this e-mail address; submissions@valiantentertainment.com

However, if you’re still relatively unknown, it’s safe to say that you’re unlikely to get a response.

You’re best building up a body of work elsewhere and submitting to a company like Valiant later.

Valiant also continues to have a strong presence at Comic Cons. If you’re interested in working with them, then it is probably worth introducing yourself in person. You’re more likely to have success submitting to a comic book company if they can put a face to the name.

Although, if you’re going to try and make an impression, make sure it is a good impression.

Check on the Valiant website to see where Valiant Entertainment will be appearing throughout the year. They will have a booth and they will be doing Artist Portfolio Reviews at London Super Comic Con this month; http://valiantentertainment.com/2017/07/05/valiant-joins-london-super-comic-con-2017-with-exclusives-panels-merchandise-and-more/

London Super Comic Con

London Super Comic Con

London Super Comic Con

Coming on August the 25th, 26th and 27th this year is the London Super Comic Con. If you live in the UK and you love comics, this is the Con which is worth getting the most excited about.

A massive line-up, guests from the States, there is a lot to look forward to.

You can find information and buy tickets on the website here; http://londonsupercomiccon.com/

This year the LSCC moves to a new venue; the London Business Design Centre which used to host the Kapow! Comic Con.

As a comic book writer, the reason I’m most excited to be going this year is that the London Super Comic Con is hosting two Masterclasses by the legendary Brian Michael Bendis. You have the option of attending a 2 Hour Class or a 1 Hour Class (on Friday and Saturday respectively).

You have to pay extra to attend the Masterclasses, but if you’re serious about writing comics, it will be well worth the money.

This represents a rare opportunity to learn from one of Marvel’s greatest writers.

The London Super Comic Con will also be hosting panels such as Breaking Into Comics: The Art Of Being Talent Spotted which will feature Erica Schultz and Dan Slott, which I highly recommend as well.

Also attending the Comic Con is American based publisher Valiant Comics, who will be hosting two major panels.

The schedule for the LSCC is now up, so I encourage you to head to the website and take a look.