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23 February 2010

What should I do with my many short comic and children's book scripts? I might illustrate a couple myself, but I'm not versatile enough to do all of them (anytime in the next 20 years) and would like to find an artist(s). I'd also like to find a publisher, natcherly. Somebody who's a fairly big name in the comics industry is having a look at a couple via FaceBook, and I sent one to a legendary comics artist who friended me on FB and sent me a cool e-mail as well. Beyond that, where do I go? I've been writing for years, I'm a damn perfectionist and my own worst critic, and I can finally honestly say I'm consistently producing darn good stuff. I'll post a link to an example for feedback, if anyone's interested.
Link us up!

Do you admire the style of one illustrator in particular? Very cool that a 'name' is having a look.
posted by iconomy 23 February | 12:19
I know from long-ago projects that children's books are among the hardest works to get published, as publishers are inundated and there is no shortage of bankable artists and writers. You will really want an 'in' of some kind.
posted by Miko 23 February | 12:47
Random House used to have a children's book manuscript competition every year. It looks like they still have some competitions, including graphic novel ones. Maybe hunt around.
posted by Miko 23 February | 12:50
Thanks, ico and Miko!

Joanne, I've been a connoisseur of "comic book" art (and a bit of an artist myself) since the early '70s, so it's mind-boggling to try to pick my fave artists. I'm open to unpublished artists, but the established artists I love, just to name a few off the top of my head, are Michael Wm Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Avon Oeming, Rick Mays, Dustin Nguyen, Mark Wheatley, Bernie Mireault... I MUST STOP or I'll go on for days.

Here is a sample script. It's almost purely visual, nearly no dialogue and no description on the finished product. I guess my dream for a script like this would be to have Wrightson or Kaluta or Oeming draw it, but I'm sure I can dream on...
posted by shane 23 February | 14:14
You had me at "Lon Chaney Jr's Wolfman". I don't know how good you are at illustrating, but you definitely drew pictures in my mind with your descriptions!
posted by iconomy 23 February | 15:03
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