Pitch your comic to dozens of publishers at the same time with OctalComics.com ! AMA about developing & pitching comics with editor, Mike Schneider
Hello, my name is Mike. I’m editor of Octal, www.OctalComics.com . I taught workshops, curated gallery shows, and produced animation before settling into comic editing. I’ve primarily been a comic editor for the past 6 years, coordinating anthologies and freelancing for indie creators and publishers. ✸✷✶★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✶✷✸ I come from a fine arts background and as an anti-artist, I tend to look for creative solutions to traditionally non-creative aspects of production. For Octal, I compared the submission guidelines from over a hundred comic publishers to identify the overlap where the least material would satisfy the most publishers at the same time. These composite guidelines were further refined through a series of interviews with submission editors and creators. I then worked with a panel of those submission editors to produce a set of templates which arrange that material into a succinct, editor-friendly presentation. (The templates and a manual breaking them down with tips and guidelines are posted on the website.) ✸✷✶★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✶✷✸ The resulting packets are curated into volumes and sent out to our ever-growing mailing list of publishers/ submission editors. To date, over 3 dozen publishers are subscribed, more than half the features proposals have gone on to further talks with one or more publishers, and more than a quarter have already locked down series contracts. ✸✷✶★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✶✷✸ Octal is open to international creators and can be used to pitch original comics, reprints of previously publisher/ currently selfpublished comics, print editions of webcomics, or translations of foreign language comics. Terms are non-exclusive, there are no entry fees, and Octal stakes no claim in the resulting comics. ✸✷✶★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✮✭✬✩✫★✶✷✸✹✵✹✸✷✶★✫✩✬✭✮★✶✷✸ I also run a free semester workshop where creators can develop their pitch packets on coordinated schedule with instructional resources, editorial feedback, and group critiques throughout production. The next Semester will begin at the end of January. To enroll join ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/Octal2018/ ) by January 19th and post to introduce yourself.
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