Now Accepting Review Copies

With the new year, I am again accepting review copies for this site.

I do have a few requests. I prefer graphic novels, manga, and other book-format comics, because they’re much easier for interested consumers to find, as well as being still timely and relevant if I can’t cover them immediately. I will also review webcomics as time allows.

If you’re interested in submitting a comic for possible review, please email me with the following information:

  • A short description of the premise (For example: “My graphic novel is about the last girl on earth and her computer-generated puppy trying to reach an abandoned temple in Toronto so she can magically repopulate the planet.”)
  • The target audience (“I think my book will be of interest to Vertigo readers, especially young adult women.” or “My comic is aimed at superhero readers who are bored with the overemphasis on continuity from DC and Marvel.” I want to know who you’re trying to sell to, beyond “comics shops”. All creators should have put some thought into this and be able to express it.)
  • The format and publishing schedule (Miniseries? Graphic novel? Listed in next month’s Previews? Monthly? Bimonthly? Quarterly? Whenever I can get to it? etc.)
  • A link to sample pages (doesn’t have to be public, and won’t be publicized if so, although something I can point readers to so they can check it out for themselves is preferable)
  • Information on how the material can be ordered or purchased and when (website link, ISBN, or Previews code, for instance)

I will respond with my mailing address, which I don’t want to publish directly. I prefer seeing the final printed product, but PDFs are ok. Please don’t email them before checking with me, so my email doesn’t get clogged. (FTP downloads are preferred.)

I do not cover horror comics (which includes most anything with zombies). I have no interest in that genre and no background to talk about it.

Unfortunately, I also cannot promise to review everything I receive. If I make that decision and you honestly want to know why (which may include the phrase “not of professional enough quality to be worth covering”), please let me know. I try to notify the creator and/or publisher when reviews are posted, if I have an email address to use.

In advance, I thank everyone very much for considering this site for submission and wish you the best of luck with your efforts.


24 Responses to “Now Accepting Review Copies”

  1. Nodame Cantabile Says:

    Do you know “Nodame Cantabile”?

    That is one of popular manga in Japan.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Yes, I’ve reviewed volumes of that title here and here.

  3. Paul Sizer Says:

    Dammit! Who leaked you the script to my next graphic novel, “Amanda Picklefeather and Pixel-Puppy Save the Earth from Canada!”???? Well, back to the drawing board…

  4. Johanna Says:

    I was waiting for someone to pick up on that. Thanks for satisfying me. :)

  5. Hernando Diaz Says:

    Hello,
    i tried to send you my informationt about a possible review, do you have another email address?

    Regards,
    Hernando Diaz

  6. Johanna Says:

    I’m sorry, that’s the only one I have.

  7. Hernando Diaz Says:

    Hi, Johanna.
    thanks for answer my question.
    I have problems when i try to send you
    my information.Can you write me to my email?

    Regards,

  8. Cameron Douraghy Says:

    Hi Johanna,

    I would like to see how I can send copies of my books to you for a review. I produce the Rostam Comic book series which brings to life Persian Mythological Stories. Like Hernando above, I seem to be unable to get your email off of this site. Can you please let me know what email I can send my info to? Many thanks in advance for your kind reply.
    Cheers!

  9. Aoede Says:

    Having been originally directed here from a webcomics review site, I see that you do have a webcomics category but explicitly note a preference for “book-format” comics. My question then is — is the dichotomy being drawn between print and web, or between collected volumes and disparate weekly strips?

  10. Johanna Says:

    I prefer books over webcomics because I don’t enjoy reading a lot of material on-screen, personally. (Also, I use a laptop, with restricted screen space.) When it comes to content, I enjoy all kinds, from lengthy complex stories to a run of great strips. Does that help?

  11. Johanna Says:

    Oh, and I’d love to know who directed you here, if you don’t mind.

  12. Aoede Says:

    Ah, I see. Thank you :)

    I came here from Delos Woodruff’s ArtPatient site, I believe, during my once-a-forever webcomics newsbinge.

  13. Lehooo Says:

    Do you accept links to webcomics for review or do you only review print comics?

  14. Chris C Says:

    Last sentence in the second paragraph: “I will also review webcomics as time allows.”

  15. Johanna Says:

    Yep, I’ll look at webcomics, too.

  16. Lehooo Says:

    Oops, sorry, guess I didn’t read it through bery carefully…

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  19. Jazyl Homavazir Says:

    Dear Sir, I would like to get my indie manga, the Beast Legion reviewed by you. It’s both in web comic & Printed form. Please email me to know if you accept.

  20. Flying Tiger Comics Says:

    “Dear Sir”.

    Gold.

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    Hi,

    My name is Thomas Tuna, and I’m editor in chief of Red Moon Features, a new adventure/sf/horror comic book group. I was wondering if I would be able to email you an short article about this new exciting group and our summer releases for posting on your website. If you could contact me at tuna.thomas@yahoo.com and let me know if I could email you something, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks so much for your time.
    Thomas A. Tuna

  23. Johanna Says:

    The instructions on submitting are in the article above. However, as I say there, I don’t cover horror comics, so you may wish to keep that in mind. I also don’t accept guest posts from people I don’t know, and I don’t run press releases unless I have something to say about them (which may not be positive).

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