*UPDATE!* Artist for project has been selected. Thank you all for your interest.
Let me start off by saying this:
YOU WILL GET PAID
Now that I have you attention, here’s the pitch.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of waiting around. Lets make our own luck and fame. I have a project in mind and partially written, but unfortunately I can’t really draw. Well, I mean… I can draw, but I would feel terrible charging people to see it.
That being said, I need an artist. The idea is that you and I will work together to create an awesome comic. Like I mentioned you will get paid for any work done. I understand that I am more or less an unknown quantity in the world of comic book writing, so I don’t expect anyone to do work purely in hopes of “maybe getting paid.”
Here’s the basic information for the project:
-I plan to fund it via Kickstarter. I will pay you for some initial work such as a cast group shot and an example page to be posted on the Kickstarter website. Much like artists, I don’t expect readers to throw money at me without at least seeing some of what they’re getting. Once the funding is secured via Kickstarter, we will officially start the project and your remaining work will be paid from its funding. So what that means for you is a small portion of guaranteed work with the potential of a lot more later on.
-The story was originally conceived as a 6 issue mini-series, but for the sake of getting it done, it will now be a single volume graphic novel. So we’re talking over 100 pages. If you can’t or won’t do 100+ pages of work, please don’t reply.
-The art will be B&W. I need pencils, ink, and lettering. If you can’t do all three, let me know. If the Kickstarter gets enough money, we will move the project to color.
-The plan is to get this project moving before the end of the year. Hopefully we can start the Kickstarter around the Fall and get the book released early 2013.
-I retain all rights to the characters, settings, etc. Residuals and credits can be discussed when we start talking your fees.
Are you still reading? Good! Sorry, it was so dry, but I really don’t want to waste anyone’s time. It’s best to just get all that stuff out there for both our sakes.
Here’s some basics about the story we’ll be working on:
-The story will be set in the very early 1900s. I want most of the content to be historically accurate, however… there will be some strange sci-fi technology involved. Think steampunk… without the steam and 80% less goggles. There will be a lot of electricity and crazy gadgets.
-There will be a mix of historical and original characters. Not to give away too much, but there will be Nikola Tesla. We all love Tesla right? Edison fans need not apply 😉
-There will be blood. While this comic isn’t overtly mature, there will be some violence and swearing. Nothing too over the top, but when there is violence, I want it to look real and not cartoonish. I also envision the art style being sort of a classic ’80s look, but I am definitely open to new ideas.
There is much more, but those are some basics to let you know what you might be getting yourself into.
Are you still interested? Super sweet!
Here’s what I need from you:
-Your portfolio: Either in a PDF or a link to your website or Deviant Art account. Work dealing with sequential storytelling a big plus!
-Any previous work experience you might have (not required, because honestly I have none either)
-How much you would charge for the initial work (2-3 character pieces including a group shot with all six primary cast member and at least a couple sample panels or a full sample page) and how much your work will be per page if we go into full production. Please also specify what services you can provide at that price (i.e. pencil, inking, colors, lettering.)
That’s it! If you’re interested or have any questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing some awesome portfolios!
*edit* changed the email since the new one I created for it seemed to be broken. If you submitted to the artists@ email, please resubmit. Sorry!!!