Viz’s original graphic novel line open for subs

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Last week, Viz made a low key announcement that they were now accepting submissions for original comics. The OG program has long been in place, but slowed down when the editor who was spearheading the effort, Marc Weidenbaum, left the company. Now Senior Editor Eric Searleman is leading the charge, and Deb Aoki interviews him about it:

Q: How will VIZ publish these comics? Are you thinking that these comics would be published as stand-alone graphic novels? Monthly “floppies?” Short stories for an anthology? Online publishing?

Eric Searleman: “We’re considering everything. The format will suit the material. For example, there’s no law that says our original comics need to mirror our manga trim size. Let’s mix it up.”

“We want to do something fun and fresh. Why bother otherwise? We want our books to be an alternative to what’s already out there. It’ll be hard work, but we are confident we can get it done. The bottom line is this: the quality of the comic takes precedent over everything else.”


Searleman says submissions aren’t open to just manga — art styles from Tite Kubo to Darwyn Cooke will be considered.

It’s been a while since this kind of open casting call for GNs was made by a major publisher. With such a wide open mandate, the results should be…interesting!

The submission release forms are available at the first link.

Comments

  1. michael says:

    interesting indeed!! O.o

  2. Time to get to work.
    So few companies are excepting portfolios this is a great opportunity.

  3. jacob lyon goddard says:

    is this one of those deals where to publisher ends up owning and controling everything, or does the cartoonist/creative team retain all the rights?

  4. “is this one of those deals where to publisher ends up owning and controling everything, or does the cartoonist/creative team retain all the rights?”

    Very good question.
    Can anyone follow up on this please?

  5. Don Bryan says:

    I need some information, where do I get submission size ,how many pages for submission . Who owns rights for creator owned comics?

    I need mailing address.

    I have a story that I have had for years ( sci fi) instead of 50 girls it
    is about one and her many galactic adventures ,with the help of
    Robots and droids.

    I have had a mini series published a few years ago.

    My art style is from the 50s ( ec comics,walley wood)

  6. Synsidar says:

    I need some information, where do I get submission size ,how many pages for submission .

    From Aoki’s informative interview with Searleman:

    Q: What should creators send to you? Do you have any advice would you like to share with applicants?

    Eric Searleman: “Keep in mind that you are pitching us. Do not send final assets ready for publication. It doesn’t work that way. Instead, send a standard pitch-like package: a page (or two) of description, three pages of finished artwork, and maybe some character designs. That should be enough information to sell your idea.”

  7. The submission release form is here: http://www.viz.com/about/contact/comics/

    There’s not a whole lot of other info there, unfortunately.

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