We have three days left until the open call for submissions for Beyond- the queer sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology are closed!
If you’re thinking of submitting (and we hope you are!) please make sure to have your pitch sent to us by December 15th, 2013.
Learn more about Beyond - submission guidelines - FAQ
Anonymous asked: Hi! Would a person who's working on the product on their own, who does not have previous published experience, need to not only submit 3 example pages, but also a few pages of script? Apologies if this has been answered, I've looked through the blog but I couldn't decide on a concrete answer.
You need to send samples of the relevant work. If you are sending finished comics written by your writer you do not also need to send script.
Anonymous asked: What if my previously published comics are silent (display my ability to conceive a story and break it down panel-by-panel-by-page but not my ability to write dialogue)?
We would prefer work representative of style of the story you plan to submit. In this case, if you’re submitting a story with dialogue, please submit a page or two of script along with the previously published samples.
Anonymous asked: $50 per page split amongst the team (Jon and Jane each get $25)? Or $50 per page, per creator?
Anonymous asked: #1: For clarification, since you want 3 sample pages from creators/teams with no past publication record, does that means anyone pitching a 3-page plot needs to submit their finished comic?
If they have no prior publication history? Yes.
Anonymous asked: Wait, the previous comic experience needs to be *published*? It can't just be, say, released on the internet, even though that would still demonstrate your capability?
Self publication is publication.
tedlyanderson asked: What counts as "prior comics experience"? I've written some licensed comics and my artist has a webcomic; do we need to include sample pages or will that work be sufficient? Sorry, I know we're approaching Zero Hour!
Prior experience writing or drawing published comics, which it sounds like you both have.
Anonymous asked: If I'm providing three sample pages of a relevant part of the story, it sounds like you'd rather they be sequential? Would you mind three out of order?
Out of order is fine if you feel they collectively present a representative example of your storytelling.
iwillnothangmyselftoday asked: Hi guys! I think Tumblr might have eaten this question last time I sent it. Are we able to specify which page our comics start on when they make it as far as being put in the book? i.e the left or right page? I'm working on layouts and I want to make sure I can put all my cliffhangers on the bottom of right-hand pages.
Recto! But if you are hell-bent on verso and have a good reason for it, we can probably work with you.
illastrious asked: Hey there! A couple of days ago I sent you guys an email. Normally I wouldn't push it but the deadline's coming up and I have a question. I'll just paste the email I sent: "I'm interested in submitting a pitch for the Beyond Anthology, but the part I'm having trouble with is the written synopsis. I don't really ever write out scripts or summaries for my comics since I have trouble with that kind of thing.I was just wondering if I could have a sample of what you want? That would be a real help."
We don’t have a sample synopsis on hand, but you can likely find one online if you google around a bit. Think along the lines of a summary for a book report or in-depth review.
ETA: Please bear in mind that this is a professional-level anthology; and that if your story is accepted, a) we will need a script to edit, and b) you will be expected to be familiar and conversant with standard comics/publishing terminology and practice.