You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” 

                                                                                                     ~Ray Bradbury

Today I’m looking at markets for comic books and graphic novels. Comics are no longer cheap paper magazines your brother hides under the bed. Comics, graphic novels and manga are widely read, stocked in libraries, and can be a rewarding career for writers and artists.

If you’re interested in writing for these markets, you should start by reading this article by Barry Lyga on writing for comic books.

Here are some markets to get you started. (Hot Links should open to the writer’s/artist’s guidelines for each company.)

AdHouse Books

Small, boutique publisher or comics and graphic novels. Wants complete packages with scripts and artwork.

Avatar Press

They want 8-12 page scripts featuring characters they already own – not original characters from the author.

Dark Horse Comics

They’ll accept synopses, full scripts and partial scripts from writers.

Drawn and Quarterly

It looks like they want artwork and narrative, by email in jpg format.

Fantagraphics Books

As the name implies, their specialty is graphic novels. They want a complete package – art and narrative.

NBM Publishing

Publishes all types of graphic novels, from general fiction to mystery, fantasy and erotica. They want a one-page synopsis of the storyline and some sample art.

Top Shelf Productions

They want to see 10-12 completed pages (story and artwork) along with a plot summary/synopsis.


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