ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Friday! Who Wants to Get Smashed?
Submitted by Tim Demeter on August 11, 2006 - 11:11
So I know what a lot of you are thinkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
I just figured out what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna do with the rest of my days, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna get ME an oversized sketchbook, gain 40 pounds, and be the next Eisner-nominated Graphic Smash super-hit!
Well, I got sour news for you, Jack. IT AINÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T THAT EASY.
So you think you have what it takes to be on Graphic Smash? You have an awesome comic that fits into our focus and demographic, and you need the shot in the arm to your audience that we can give you. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen the new GS will allow creators to run their comic under subscription, OR for free (and non-exclusive) with ad support, and know, like unto Burger King, you can now have it your way.
Well, alright grasshopper, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what you do:
Make an awesome comic. Really, this is all that matters. You can do all the below perfectly, but if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not quite ready for prime-time, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have to pass. If you screw up everything below and rock my world, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll let it slide. Like T, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be taking ACTION at its broadest definition and if you feel like you might fit, you probably will. If not, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a Modern Tales site for you and I will pass great submissions that arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t right for us onto the proper MT editor.
Get your comic in electronic form. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ask for my address so you can mail me something cause my place is a mess already and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a lot better at keeping my electronic files organized than my paper ones. Also, if you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get your comic in electronic form, we have a real problem.
Get that comic to me. If you have an existing site, great. Send me the link and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll check it out. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perfectly cool. You do not need to know a freaking thing about web coding to be on GS, in fact itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the perks of the site. The system will do the work for you, by and large, and anything else I can teach even the n00biest of n00bs in very short order. So if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a site, just send me some attached image files. Keep them small, the total email size being no larger than a MB or two. If I need to see more, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll ask. Large attachments make me angry. Mr McGee, you wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like me when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m angry.
Accompany your awesome comic with an awesome proposal. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to take a hard line on format, just tell me what your comic is, what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about, and why youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to join GS. Try and keep it to a page or three, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need your life story. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t try and excuse things either. If the early portions of your archive arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as hot as what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing now, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll recognize that, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all trying to get better. If you come in all, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I kinda suck, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m getting better,Ã¢â‚¬Â suck will likely be the last word I read of your proposal. Do show me some enthusiasm. Making comics can be a trial sometimes and if I see you love the form so much you just NEED to be doing it, and you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t WAIT to show the world your work it will help your cause.
But Tiiiiiiim, I only write, or I only draw! ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool. For the right now, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to try and play match-maker and see how it goes. If you only write, send me an outline and a sample script. If you only draw, send me sample pages. No pin-ups though. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking not just for good illustrators, but good comic book illustrators.
No jail-bait. You have to be 18 to enter into a contract. Sorry, I know there are folks younger than that who have the right stuff. Be patient.
Submissions will not always be open, because weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not always looking to fill slots. Right now we are. However, even when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not looking, if you have a great project, send it to me. If itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll tell you when I do expect to have room for you, and if you REALLY bring it, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll MAKE room.
Obviously, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take everyone, but I will respond as quickly as I can. If things donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work out between us, I will offer you any feedback I can. Keep at it, and try me again. Do not hate on me if I have to pass, Burning bridges anywhere is just a bad professional practice. Also: see above comment about making me angry.
Please be patient with us right now. With me taking over, and the site changing business models itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crazy times at GS. I will respond to emails as quickly as I can, and if we hook up it may take a little bit until we can get you live. Cut me some slack. (ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my first day.)
So if you want in, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be looking forward to hearing from you. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been at Graphic Smash for over two years now, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home to me. That makes this job important to me, and I promise to do my very best to keep it right at the top of the heap in terms of quality, professionalism, and fun, both for readers and creators.
WhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s with me?