Abacus Comics currently only accepts art submissions.  We are a small independent company that does not have a ton of cash laying around, so if you’re intention is to make it rich off of comics, look somewhere else.

If, however, Comics are your passion, like they are ours at Abacus, and you wish to see your work produced and published for the world to see, then read on.

Abacus is in this business for the long haul, and we appreciate artists who are in it with us.  We’re not looking to be the next ‘big thing’, but we do have a plan.

THE LONG HAUL

No independent comic publishing will likely ever see ‘Marvel’ numbers again.  Image did it, but it was short lived.  Thus the get-rich-quick mentality fails miserably at the independent level, unless by some miracle your property is made into a movie and you didn’t get stuck with a lousy deal where you see the people you work with get rich while you eek by on  your day job.

This is not to discourage creators.  But you have to have reality in mind when you make a decision to move forward in this business. 

The reality is that if you work hard and put out a great book, you can find an audience.  It doesn’t have to be a huge audience in order to be a successful creator.  Do the math with me.

If a book can muster roughly 5,000 in sales on a regular basis, you’re paying for printing, plus making a little money to pay the bills; IF you can continue that series indefinitely, you will generate a fan base that will also buy your trades.  Say you manage to put out a trade every year, in 10 years you’ll have 10 trades producing residual income.  On a book that sells 5,000 floppy issues I’ve seen average trade sales in the 3,000 per year range.  Multiply 3,000 times 10 books, and you’re looking at a healthy residual income.

And every year, that residual grows as you ad another trade to the mix.  As long as you keep that fan base going, you will generate that residual income.
Now, if you’re the kind of person who is willing to stick it out for the long haul, and you want to submit your work to Abacus, read on.




Proposing new comic series:

A proposal for a new comic series should contain the following:
     1      A cover letter with all pertinent contact information, along with an introduction of who you are.
     2      A one page synopsis of the over-all story. This is your pitch, make it count. You want us, and your audience, hooked in the first 5 seconds. Also keep in mind that we ONLY publish ongoing series.
     3      If sending hard copies, please send a minimum of 6 pages worth of 8 1/2 x 11 photocopies of the artwork (cover + 5 interior pages), as well as at least one color sample (if you have a colorist). We prefer to publish color comics, after all, and if you have a good colorist on board, your chances of being published with Abacus are that much greater.
     4      If sending digital files, please send the same, along with links to your artists other works so we can judge consistency. PLEASE SUBMIT HOT LINKS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

NO UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS/SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RETURNED. DO NOT INCLUDE A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE.

Send hard copies to our submissions editor:

Submissions Editor
c/o Abacus Comics
10091 Del Rio Rd
Spring Valley, CA 91977

Send electronic submissions to:

Submissions@Abacuscomics.com

Comics accepted by Abacus are required to have at least two books fully penciled before we will solicit. We are not genre-specific, but we ardently maintain a 'PG-13 or better' standard to our books. If your book has naked women running around cursing like sailors and cutting people in half with their broad swords... Then you're better off not submitting it to Abacus.

Submitting writing samples:

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Abacus is not currently accepting writing submissions.

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Submitting Art samples (including lettering, though not all this information suits lettering):

Art samples should contain the following:
     1      A cover letter with all pertinent contact information, along with an introduction of who you are.
     2      A minimum of 6 pages of artwork/inks/colors/letters. At LEAST 3 of which should be comic book pages. Feel free to send pin-ups and sketches, but we do want to see as much finished artwork as possible.
     3      A realistic time frame of how long it takes you to draw a page. Times range from 4 hours to 4 days, there is a place for artists of every speed, so please don't misrepresent yourself.
     4      DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE RETURNED.

Send hard copies to our submissions editor:

Submissions Editor
c/o Abacus Comics
10091 Del Rio Rd
Spring Valley, CA 91977

Send electronic submissions to:
Mike(at)Abacuscomics.com

Please allow us plenty of time to get back to you. If you do not hear back within two months, feel free to submit again. In most cases, will not be providing critiques, only either a form letter for those we choose to pass on, or a personal letter to those we accept.

Thank you for your time and interest in submitting to Abacus Comics.

Everett Fitzgerald
Executive Director

 
 
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