Call For Submissions

Gothic Romance Anthology Seeking Stories of Love & Horror

gothic-talesHope Nicholson, comic historian and publisher of Bedside Press, has announced a call for submissions for Gothic Tales of Haunted Love, an anthology of new gothic romance comic stories:

“Stories should take into account the style and feel of the 1970s gothic romance comic genre. This is a genre where happy endings are not guaranteed, where romance can be beautiful, heartbreaking, or horrific. All eras and settings are welcome, they don’t need to be stuck in the Victorian era, and originality and creativity here is encouraged. Horror elements are allowed. For more information on this genre, read posts on Sequential Crush here.”

The following creators are currently attached to the project:

  • Cecil Castellucci & Willow Dawson
  • ALB
  • Sarah Searle
  • Melanie Gillman
  • Nicholas Burns
  • Leslie Doyle
  • Rahzzah
  • Katie West & Ray Fawkes
  • Janet Hetherington & Ronn Sutton
  • Xavière Daumarie

Submission periods will be open until February 1, 2017, and the comics will pay a $50 page rate. For more information, visit Gothic Tales of Haunted Love.



Call for Submissions for Cloudscape’s Next Anthology: “Swan Song” 2


Scene from Crossroads comic

Listen to the drops of rain against your window flickering a staccato rhythm. Hear the Spanish guitars strumming by the campfire, blowing the cobwebs away. Sailors humming a shanty as they pull into harbour, while nearby, the beat of the drum at the potlatch. Now imagine the slow pull of orchestral strings, followed by the hypnotic drone of a sitar. From beneath, an old synthesizer accompanies Inuit throat singers as they create a wall of sound. DJ’s from Japan scratch their records for the drop of a Latin hip hop verse. The Balkan brass section flourishes and the Norwegian metal bassist grinds. The banjos rise and the didgeridoos soar. All the sounds of the world converge into a sound so immense that it can been seen by the naked eye! But this is not the true finale, only the overture to Cloudscape Comics’ latest anthology: Swan Song.

Swan Song will be a music-themed comic anthology communicating the beauty and power of music through numerous styles. This full-colour anthology will feature stories about the innumerable effects that music can have on human beings and how it can change our world in uncountable ways. The stories may take on any mood (comedic or serious), be fictional or non-fictional, and may explore any genre (in both the narrative and musical sense), as long as the story features music as a central theme.

The anthology will pay $50/page to be divided equally among the particular story’s contributors. Stories must be no longer than 9 pages long (and an odd number of pages), and at least one of the main contributors (either the writer or artist) must currently be living in or have previously lived in British Columbia. The book dimensions will be either 10” x 10” or 12” x 12”, to emulate the shape of a record sleeve. To apply, please submit a general synopsis of the story, a full script, your biography and 4-5 samples of comic art to [email protected] by Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

Local Horror Movie Seeking Artist for Tie-In Comic


Peelers is an upcoming horror film being locally distributed and promoted. It’s a movie in the style of the Evil Dead series and is looking for a comic illustrator to help create a tie-in comic to promote the film.

About the Film
Peelers takes place on the closing night of a small town strip club when a group of unwanted guests arrive and all hell breaks loose. Club owner and ex-ball player, Blue Jean Douglas, is the heroine who rises to the task of protecting both her girls and her bar from psychopathic infected killers who will stop at nothing to slaughter everyone.

This relentless horror feature has been described as “Rodriguez meets Tarantino” and “Not just a great indie film, but destined to be one of the funnest films of 2016.” Currently riding a world tour of film festivals, Peelers has won Best Feature Film at Shock Stock Film Festival, Best Horror Feature at Indie Gathering International Film Festival, and Feature Film 2016 at Shock & Gore Film Festival. It has also been nominated for several awards including Best Actress and Best Actor at British Columbia’s Leo Awards and Best Horror Feature at Palm Beach International Film Festival. Peelers will have its International Premiere at the 36th Annual FantaFestival in Italy, followed by its special screening at the top horror festival in the world, Sitges Film Festival in Spain.

Distribution plan
Peelers will be premiering in theatres across Canada in January, 2017, and coinciding with that will be a limited edition printed run of a Peelers comic book distributed to 20 comic book stores across Canada to coincide with the markets in which PEELERS will screen theatrically. The comic book will also be available online for download on ComiXology.

The comic will be 10-20 page, with each page 6.625″ x 10.25″. The artist will be paid for his or her work. Work on the comic will start October 1 and it will be sent off to the printers December 15 so that it can be launched with the film premiere opening in January, 2017.

For more information, visit the Peelers website. If interested in becoming their artist, you can contact our vice president, Jeff Ellis, at at [email protected].

Mark Millar Launches 2017 Millarworld Talent Search


Mark Millar, creator of such popular comic books as Kick-Ass, The UltimatesWanted, and Kingsman, has announced a new talent search. Last year he put out a call for submissions, encouraging unpublished writers and artists to submit to the first issue of his Millarworld annual, and now he is looking for people to be included in issue two, which will be published next year.

“I’ve always been very precious about letting other people do my creations, but the industry always need new blood and last year’s entries were just beyond stellar,” said Mark Millar. “Comics have been really good to me and I want to do what I can with my limited time to help other creators get into print. The response for the Millarworld Annual 2016 search was astounding, and we published creators from as far afield as New Zealand, India, and Nigeria. We had a really diverse group of talent in there, but I’d like to get even more female and minority group creators published this time. This year we’d like to see greater representation across the board, and uncover more hidden talent from all walks of life.”

Millarworld is looking for six writers, six artists, and a cover artist for the Millarworld Annual 2017 – all will be paid full professional rates. The deadline for entries is November 30, 2016. All entrants will be judged by a selected panel and the winners will be announced on December 23, 2016.

For more information, view the 2017 Millarworld Talent Search press release, and then check out the writer & artist submission guidelines.

Good luck!

Iron Circus has announced the topic for its next anthology

Tim'rous Beastie

Iron Circus Comics, known for its diverse range of indie comic anthologies (such as Sleep of Reason and New World), has announced the theme of its next book! Tim’rous Beastie will be a collection of animal adventure stories in the style of Redwall, Watership Down, Mouseguard, and other sagas of tiny critters on thrilling adventures in a big and dangerous world. They won’t be taking submissions until December 1st, so you have many months to brainstorm. For more information, visit the Tim’rous Beastie tumblr.

Writer looking for an Asian-Canadian comic artist 2

Writer Tetsuro Shigematsu is looking for an Asian-Canadian comic/manga artist for a paying comic project. The artist would preferably be based in Vancouver but location is not a deal breaker. The comic project will likely be published in book form with a possible tie-in to CBC. If interested, please contact Tetsuro Shigematsu as soon as possible at [email protected], applications are still open.

Creators for Creators Comic Grant

Creators for Creators

Exciting news for people wanting to become full-time comic creators!

“Creators for Creators is an independent non-profit organization intended to encourage, support, and promote original works through grants and education. The grant is a work in progress that will evolve to fit the needs of the recipient and the industry at large…. The goal of the Creators for Creators grant is to help pave the way for the next generation of comics creators by supporting their work financially and through mentorship, as well as providing opportunities for their creations to reach a wide audience. We plan to give $30,000 to a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee according to rigorous criteria. In addition to the monetary support, the recipient of the grant will have access to mentorship from the experienced creators involved with Creators for Creators. Mentorship will cover almost every aspect of the comic-creating experience. The goal is to give the recipient a firm foundation in the creative, business, legal, and financial areas of the comics business.”

Further submission guidelines and applications will be revealed on May 1st, 2016. For more information, check out the Creators for Creators website. Good luck, everyone!


Beyond 2 is now accepting pitches!


Beyond was an anthology of queer-themed speculative fiction comics published in 2015 to wide acclaim, featuring a wide variety of stories starring LGBT characters on numerous worlds. Now Beyond 2 has been announced. The editors are interested in original urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic stories exploring, expressing, and including queer, trans, and genderqueer themes and characters. Adventures set in and around the end of the world, and hijinks surrounding city magic.
Submissions for story pitches (not completed scripts) will be open until April 5th. The anthology will pay $50/completed page. For more information, visit the Beyond 2 submissions.