Attention Talented Artists:
You must know superhero comics. Poses, action, sequential storytelling, drama, facial expressions, exaggeration and anatomy.
The art of creating something original means to step outside of the norm and rethink how visuals are represented. Rethink design, rethink your mind.
We're looking to break the mold and we want to work with people that are willing to experiment and create something amazing.
Having said that, we do have preferences on styles that we love from artists that have been published. We don't mind your style being inspired by someone else as long as it has a spin on it. If you're flexible with how pencils/inks are done, that is an added benefit.
We're looking for an individual or art team to illustrate a graphic novel of approx 48 pages and a children's book/comic that is wild and fantastical which requires a fair amount of detail.
Graphic Novel: Looking for full color but will consider black and white. It's not a superhero story as what you're accustomed to, but there are super powered beings in the story. It can be dark and poetic, broody, somewhat fun (It's mostly a drama), and epic in scope. Sci-fi and superhero fantasy are the genres, but not in the typical sense. If you like Silver Surfer or anything cosmic that takes place mostly on earth, than that's a start. We would prefer an artist have some range and not one particular style. Have comic book sensibilities but take the storytelling beyond that. It really helps that you are a fan of superhero comics whether from years ago or current. Being able to discuss the wants and don't wants make it that much more enjoyable.
Art we love and wouldn't mind if yours is inspired by these artists are: Jae Lee, Olivier Coipel, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Frank Miller, James O'Barr, David Mack, Jock, JH Williams III, Clay Mann, and the list goes on and on.
We're leaning toward a style with sharp line work and a heavier inking style, for a slightly darker mood. Colors should have photo real special effects at times, and most colors should be moody. We don't want to lose the beauty of the inks. We can discuss this to find a balance. We're not looking to mimic the colors of Marvel or DC, but some of their books really stand out.
Please provide page rates for pencils, inks, colors, lettering. I would prefer to pay in Canadian dollars (US dollar is not an option due to the currency exchange). All images through various stages will need to be provided in hi res so we can print in standard comic size, oversized hardcover, and for digital publishing.
Please have an updated portfolio with your sequential art. If you're an amateur artist that's needing a break, we'll consider your work. Though the story is 275 pages, we can begin in smaller quantities starting with a 48 page contract (more or less).
Applicants are welcome from all over the world. Must have good communication skills, ability to understand direction, a positive attitude, ego in check, and ability to stick to a schedule. We've communicated with many artists and some really do not have the right attitude. Simple things like overlooking questions in an email or directions in a script can go wrong. It's really important that you get your communication and professionalism in order.
We will consider all skill types as long as you are consistent. We're willing to give the right people a chance.
PRICE IS NEGOTIABLE PER PROJECT.
The Comic Book Company