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Warren Ellis Makes Open Call for Submissions to New Webcomics Site

Copy/pasted from Warren's post at The Engine:

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Who wants to be a Rocket Pirate?

Joey Manley talked me into curating a mass webcomics site. I've known Joey for getting on for six years now. It's partly my fault that he got involved with comics at all. I suspect this is his revenge.

People who want to make webcomics are invited to submit their ideas to me for membership in the Rocket Pirates, a webcomics collective which will be housed at http://www.rocketpirates.com.

Rocket Pirates will be the first site to launch with the new Webcomics Nation Collective Edition technology, which will be available as a commercial product for people wanting to quickly and cheaply launch their own multi-creator webcomics portals sometime in the next few months. Because we're all about being quick and cheap, believe me.

Rocket Pirates will be free to all readers, all the time. This means, of course, that there is no cut of subscription fees to offer to creators. Instead, the system allows each creator the freedom to install Google Ads, Amazon Associates ads, ads for their own products, rate cards for prostitution services or any other damn thing on their comic's Rocket Pirates page. Also, since we're not paying, all Rocket Pirates engagements are on a non-exclusive basis, allowing the creators to run their comics on their own websites or any other place that'll have them.

The non-subscription approach means that I'm also doing this for free, so anyone who wants to send food and clothing c/o Joey Manley at Modern Tales is welcome to do so. I also offer inexpensive adult services.

The submissions system is simply this: email your materials to me at warrenellis@gmail.com. I want to see at least three completed pages and an overview of what you intend to do. No need to be formal -- rambly emails talking about the central concepts and what you want to achieve are fine.

I'm open to anything -- series, serialised graphic novels, single panels, self-contained shorts, newspaper-style strips -- in any style, from manga to clipart to whatever the hell you just invented in your basement. No limits.

I'm open to any kind of content. You're going to have to work pretty hard to get me to accept a superhero project for the site, but if you've got something that knocks me flat, I'll take it. But, seriously, I want to eventually curate something that takes in a wide breadth of what comics can achieve. Surprise me. Give me something straight out of literary mainstream fiction, give me a warped genre, give me something I've never seen before. That's the "theme" of the site, the glue that holds it together. It is quite simply "stuff Warren really likes."

The submissions process is open to everybody. I don't care if you only decided you wanted to try and make a comic ten minutes ago -- I'll look at it. I'll warn you in advance that the chances of my being able to provide detailed and constructive rejections are slight, but I'll do my best.

(Also, if the site turns out to be all-male because only guys submitted, I'm going to be very pissed off, and will infect you all with this lung disease my girlfriend seems to have passed to me over the weekend.)

I'd like to be up and running by the end of the month, but I won't kick the site live until I have enough work of quality. The submissions process will remain permanently open. Unless, you know, I change my mind. I am unpredictable and I drink a lot.

That's all I've got. Please feel free to pass this unedited post on anywhere you like.

-- Warren Ellis

 

It reminded Bo and me of

It reminded Bo and me of Rocket Bandits!

The inclusion of the word

The inclusion of the word pirate in the title reminds me of... the interweb!

 

I might try to submit something maybe.Â

<a xhref="http://www.kiwisbybeat.com" target=blank>Kiwis by beat!</a>

But.. but... he does know

djcoffman's picture

But.. but... he does know there aren't many super hero things on the web now, right?? heh. IN fact, there's already a breadth of everything else online.Cool

That is an awesomely cool name!Â

Oh yes

Warren Ellis's picture

Oh, yes, I know that. What you have to bear in mind is that it's MY fanbase who's seeing that message first, and there are an awful, awful lot of superhero fans in there.

Yeah, I see that now. I wish

djcoffman's picture

Yeah, I see that now. I wish you guys luck, I'm sure with a keen eye you can put together a hell of a solid group.

Heh

Warren Ellis's picture

And, sure enough, the first three submissions I open this evening are all superhero pieces...

Underwear Perverts.com

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Ha! - maybe you should just put all of that stuff on another site called:

underwearperverts.comÂ

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Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

underwearperverts.com

Warren Ellis's picture

Funny thing is, of course, that I never called them "underwear perverts" in the first place -- Cory Doctorow just thinks I did.

Um .... Domain name:

Joey Manley's picture

Um ....

 
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Was making a Joke...

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

But it seems like the idea did occur to you...?Â

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Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

No, I was just thinking of

Joey Manley's picture

No, I was just thinking of launching a site for boxer/brief fetishists when I looked this up ...

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

:)

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Laughing

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Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

I could learn a lot from

I could learn a lot from Warren Ellis.

 You're not the only one, brother. I try to learn as much as I can from this guy. And to stay out of the way of his razor-sharp barbs.

Oh yeah, and a bit of Worchestershire Sauce helps kill the aftertaste.

 

--Scott Bieser

my blog: The Time Sink
my webcomic: Roswell, Texas
my gallery: ScottBieser.Com<

--Scott Bieser

my blog: The Time Sink
my webcomic: Roswell, Texas
my gallery: ScottBieser.Com<

It was Warren's idea. "Must

Joey Manley's picture

It was Warren's idea.

"Must be t-shirt friendly," was his criterion.

I could learn a lot from Warren Ellis.

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

You won't need it, but good luck.

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Welcome to the untamed wilds of the comics industry.I don't know if it's yours or Joey's doing, but that's a kickass URL.

Tim Demeter
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does a bunch of neato stuff.
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