Submissions Guidelines

HOW TO SUBMIT TO RED ANVIL COMICS

Red Anvil Comics only publishes creator-owned material. In other words, we want to publish YOUR comics—we aren’t looking to have you work on books that WE dream up. When you’re submitting stuff to us at the home office, we expect it to be something original, not something utilizing existing Red Anvil characters. Red Anvil Comics accepts only PROPOSALS for new comic series or graphic novels, etc.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT writing (that is plots, scripts, whatever) samples!

If you’re an established pro, we might be able to find somebody willing to work with you but it would be nearly impossible for us to read through every script that might find its way our direction. DO NOT SEND your script or your plot unaccompanied by art—it will be discarded, unread.

WE DO ACCEPT inking, penciling, lettering, or coloring samples.

We’ll keep them on file and may hook you up with other creators if and when the occasion presents itself. If your art-only submission is not kept on file, you will not get a response.

The books Red Anvil publishes are creator owned/creator generated properties and WE DON’T PAY PAGE RATES.

It will be up to you to strike a deal with whomever you end up working with, and we’ll do our best to make it as painless as possible. Red Anvil takes a percentage off the books we publish and the rest goes to that comic book’s creative team. The remaining profit is split up is entirely up to the creators involved.
You can tell us whether you see it as a full color or a black and white book, a mini or on-going series, a Prestige book or an Original Graphic Novel. There are times, however, when we may have a better idea what might fly so don’t get married to any one format but we’d like to know what you’d like to do. Tell us what sets it apart from other comics and who the target audience is (NOT “Everyone”).
Things often change from proposal to the printed page. If the intended title of your book is awkward or unwieldy, we may suggest changing it. If your logo is an unreadable mess, we may suggest changing it. There are cases where we’ve designed logos and helped redesign characters and done cover sketches. We WON’T do anything without YOUR approval, of course, but it’s not uncommon for us to get pretty involved. Our ultimate goal is to sell your comic book. If you succeed, we succeed. We’ll do what we can to help.

A PROPOSAL should contain the following:

  1. A typewritten cover letter with all contact information (name, e-mail address, address, phone number) clearly printed on the TOP of the page. You don’t need to tell us how much you love Red Anvil Comics, introduce yourself and get on with it. If you’ve had published work you could let us know about it (or even include it) but we don’t need your resumé.

Presentation is not THAT important—a pretty binder is not going to make or break a proposal. We don’t green light bad projects because they’re in a nice binder—nor do we reject a good project because it’s not in a nice binder. We want to SEE how it might look on a printed page. Make sure it’s printed nicely, sure, but don’t worry about the packaging—if the pages look unprofessional, it WON’T get a green light.

  1. A typed, ONE PAGE, synopsis of the overall STORY. We DO NOT want a single-issue synopsis—we want a synopsis of the ENTIRE series or story arc. As concisely and as succinctly as you are able, TELL US THE STORY, make us WANT to publish your book. TELL US WHAT HAPPENS! Explain why anyone would be interested in this series. KEEP IT SHORT! We get plenty of submissions, cut to the chase. If you had to sell us your book in a tweet, how would you do that?
  2. Send print quality PDFs of fully INKED and LETTERED pages.! We’d like to see AT LEAST five pages that are fully inked and lettered. If you have MORE than five finished pages, swell! Send them! Five is the MINIMUM we want to see – not a maximum. We want to READ it. If the lettering sucks we will suggest a different letterer for the final comic book. The important thing here is that we can SEE that you know what you’re doing, that you understand where to place copy and how to tell a story.
  3. Send print quality PDFs of fully INKED and LETTERED pages.! We’d like to see AT LEAST five pages that are fully inked and lettered. If you have MORE than five finished pages, swell! Send them! Five is the MINIMUM we want to see – not a maximum. We want to READ it. If the lettering sucks we will suggest a different letterer for the final comic book. The important thing here is that we can SEE that you know what you’re doing, that you understand where to place copy and how to tell a story.
    1. Color is OPTIONAL. If you have a colorist and can provide color pages, great! This means you CAN send in colored pages you just don’t HAVE to (although, if you want a color book, it would be advisable). We DO reserve the right to approve colorists as a poor one can ruin a decent book.
    2. Include a cover mock-up—this lets us know whether or not you understand the market and gives us a good barometer on your design sense. A good logo can be EASILY read from across the room. We DO make people change their logos OFTEN. Don’t be fancy or artistic—be CLEAR. You can send character sketches and or bios, but not in lieu of storytelling pages—we still need to see five finished pages of sequential storytelling, lettered and inked. DO NOT send script pages—DO NOT send unlettered pages accompanied by a script and expect us to follow along.
    3. Again: Don’t skimp on lettering! We see many books that look amazing but are lettered very poorly. Good lettering is the spit polish on your book. If you have bad lettering we will ask you to have it relettered.THINGS TO REMEMBER:Email is the best way to submit to Red Anvil Comics. The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. It is NOT okay to pitch a book and say it will be written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby and then switch to another creative team. If the artist you pitched with leaves the team, go back to the end of the line and start over. This also means that on all ongoing titles, we need to be made aware of and approve ALL changes in the creative team. It’s NOT okay to have six pages in issue #1 drawn by some hotshot while some guy off the street draws the rest of it. DO NOT hand Red Anvil Comics employees submissions at comic book conventions. We have enough stuff to haul around as it is. Your pitch is far MORE likely to get lost, misplaced or discarded if we get it at a show.

      IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A REPLY WITHIN A MONTH, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER YOUR PROPOSAL REJECTED. We make absolute certain that we get in touch with submitters that we are interested in within a month of receiving them.

      SHOW US why we should publish your stuff.

      Send your collected PDF submissions to:

      redanvilcomics@gmail.com

      We are not looking for any specific genre or type of comic book. We are looking for comics that are well written and well drawn, by people who are dedicated and can meet deadlines.

      Finally, Dave and Joe have their own characters. Red Anvil Comics, LLC owns no intellectual properties, you can be assured, accepted or not, your property will remain yours.

      We wish you the best luck and the greatest success,

      Dave Ryan/Joe Martino

      Publishers
      Red Anvil Comics, LLC