- Posted by Johanna on January 31, 2006 at 1:13 pm
- Category: Comic News
In today’s market, it’s rare that established publishers will even look at submissions, let alone publicize their interest. Dark Horse has posted the following call for new projects (link no longer available):
[A]ll entries (provided you follow the guidelines below) will be reviewed by the Dark Horse Comics editorial staff. The editorial staff will then pass along those New Recruits entries that make the cut to el presidenté. Final winners will then be personally selected by Mike Richardson, president, publisher and fearless leader of Dark Horse Comics.
There’s a set of submission guidelines to follow. Although they’re framing this in terms of “New Recruits” and “joining the Dark Horse Army”, which implies that they’re interested in individual people’s talent, they’re only looking at this time for
finished proposals — story and art — from writer-artists or writer-and-artist teams who have a story to tell. Writers with story proposals without an artist attached, or artists wishing to submit art-only samples for consideration, should go through Dark Horse’s standard submissions process.
They’re accepting packages at the New York Con, San Diego, and Wizard Chicago, or through the mail. Finalists must be patient; they’re going to notify those they’re interested in in January 2007. Submissions must be accompanied by an entry form that includes this interesting clause:
I hereby grant you the right to use the Material provided that you shall first conclude an agreement with me for such use or you shall determine that you have an independent legal right to use the Material or any portion thereof which is not derived from me either because the Material is not new, novel, or original or has not been reduced to concrete form or because other persons (which may include your employees and other persons presenting materials to you) have submitted similar or identical suggestions, features, and material which you have the right to use.
I know they want to avoid a Last Son of Earth situation, but I don’t know that I’d want the publisher of Aliens vs. Predator deciding that they didn’t owe me anything because my idea wasn’t original enough.
Kidding aside, it’s a good thing that an established company is willing to set out exactly what they’re looking for, what their expectations are, and how aspiring creators can interact with them.