With the ambitious, abiding, aspiring artist inside me still clawing its way to the surface, demanding relentlessly that I pursue a career in sequential story-art… I’ve decided to aim ridiculously high – and knock on the heavy, impenetrable doors of some of the industries ‘big boys’ – and before I’m boo’d off stage without a second glance – I intend to make my presence felt and raise a few eyebrows, before swiftly landing the job of my dreams and living happily ever after.
Looking at the daunting task ahead, it seems an increased volume of graphic submissions has ‘plagued’ the publishers/editors in the industry, since the internet made the whole world smaller – and as a result, maybe their patience has been tested (somewhat) in recent years?! Maybe there’s less time to actually look at new submissions at all – and pick out potential prospects for pending projects. Reading the guidelines further, it does appear they openly admit to not having the resources necessary to look at everything (understandably I guess). “Creators should only expect to hear from a Dark Horse editor regarding their submission if an editor wishes to hire them for work. Submissions will no longer be returned to the sender.” Cheers. “Only those creators for whom Dark Horse has immediate work will be contacted.” – So, I might never hear back at all?! Slightly frustrating but, again, understandable.
“GUIDELINES FOR ARTISTS
1. SEQUENTIAL ART
Consider carefully what you are sending. An editor wants to see that you can draw sequential art, not pinups. Five or six consecutive story pages are usually adequate. Include quiet scenes as well as action, utilize a wide variety of faces, figures (male, female, normal people as well as “super” characters, etc.), and well-realized settings. Ask yourself the following questions: Does the angle you’ve chosen, take full advantage of the dramatic potential in a scene? Do the backgrounds establish where the characters are in relationship to their surroundings and to each other? Is there a well-defined foreground, middle-ground, and background? Is there a clear, readable story? even without word balloons or captions? Have you left adequate room for the dialogue and captions?
The Dark Horse Site leaves me overflowing with optimism:-
Becoming a professional comics artist doesn’t happen overnight. It requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Until you’ve studied the craft and learned the essentials, you have nothing to gain by showing your work to an editor.For many aspiring artists, showing ones work to an editor seems to have become an end in and of itself. Unfortunately, those artists are usually disappointed by the experience because they have not thought through what their goals should be when showing their work.
I get it… am I just a nerdy fanboy? Or am I a genius waiting to be discovered? To be continued…