Avatar Press is a leading independent company which publishes a wide variety of comic books — highly-regarded creator-owned titles such as Alan Moore’s The Courtyard, Warren Ellis’ Black Summer, and Garth Ennis’ Crossed; licensed comics such as Frank Miller’s Robocop, Stargate SG1, and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and a number of other current and upcoming titles. Avatar is privileged to work with some of the most talented creators in comics, and the company is currently seeking out additional creators – both new and established – in a number of categories:
Avatar Press is always looking for talented freelance artists, and often has a range of work in a wide variety of subjects and genres available. If you have a web page or online gallery of your work available, sending Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen a link to that is generally a good place to start. Emailing a few graphics is also okay, as long as the file size is not too large to start with. The continued search for artists to join the talented group of creators we work with for a number of upcoming projects is an important priority at Avatar.
When sending submissions via snail mail and/or other more comprehensive submissions, your submission should include a wide range of samples, showcasing all your abilities. We want to see panel to panel continuity (storytelling), as well as illustrative work (pin-ups, covers, etc.) We will consider penciled and inked pages, penciled pages (so long as the pencils are tight and clean), fully-rendered pencils (grayscale tones), and painted pages. Don’t forget to include your name, address, e-mail address and/or a phone number at which you can be contacted.
You may send a link to a web page or gallery of your work as a preliminary indicator of your abilities. We want to see work from talented artists of all kinds.
Avatar is not generally seeking script-only submissions at this time.
Colorists, send William Christensen a link to a gallery of your current work. We require 600 dpi files colored in cmyk with correctly trapped linework (if you don’t know what that means, please find out before you submit work!)
Avatar Press is one of the leading publishers of creator-owned work in comics, with projects from Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, and Garth Ennis among many others. Although we have a relatively small number of projects in production at any given time, we will always consider quality creator-owned projects from other creators. All genres and styles will be considered. The ideal submission will include an overview of the story, a detailed plot synopsis, sample script pages, character designs, and several sample art pages (panel to panel continuity). Don’t forget to include your name, address, e-mail address and/or a phone number at which you can be contacted. We may make exceptions for established professionals, but it is generally more difficult to consider projects without an artist firmly attached as a co-creator.
OTHER SUBMISSION NOTES
Submissions should be sent to the attention of William A. Christensen, Editor in Chief unless you have previously arranged to send it to another Avatar staffer.
Avatar Press does not currently have work available for additional freelance inkers or letterers. Again, feel free to submit work to be placed on file for any possible future reference, if you so desire.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU SEND IN YOUR SUBMISSION
If we have an immediate interest in your work you will be contacted. If anyone on the Avatar staff has even the slightest interest in your work your submission will be kept on file for future reference. No immediate response from us does not necessarily constitute a rejection. On the other hand, if you’re sending a submission cold and we’re not currently not interested, we may not have time to critique your work and may not get back to you. That said, if we like your stuff and have a place for you, you will hear from us.
Thanks for your interest in submitting material to Avatar Press.
Dear Sirs or Madams,
I have just been commissioned to draw up a 5 page sample for graphic novel of a film adaptation. The movie is an independent film called Hyenas. The director , Eric Weston (IMDB Link), hired me to do the sample pages and once he gets a publishing commitment, I will complete the graphic novel. What I am asking, as Eric is a friend of mine, what do you need in order to commit to publishing the book. Currently, the film is in post-production and will soon be heading to the festivals. Any information would be appreciated. You can also click on the link below to see my art, which will give you a sense of the quality of the art in the book. It will be lettered and colored as well. Thanks.
David J Liberman
Just wondering, is there any way you may make submissions for Avatar's owned characters avaiable again? I mean, you're not using them and if someone (as myself) have any good ideas on how to use them, you can only win. Right?
So, thanks and keep up with the good work.
Joao — Avatar hasn't done anything with those characters in several years, but there should be an announcement in this area in 2010.
When submitting, must you have hard copies of everything, or can we simply email everything to you, to save materials? I'd like to submit one of my many ideas, and at the moment I can't pull too much stuff together to mail it.
I am a published, proessional illustrator working out of Chicago. My pencils and inks can be viewed at http://www.readtemporal.blogspot.com
My creator-owned project can be read in its entirety at http://www.temporalcomic.blogspot.com
I got a couple few things to ask. First what is the status of Hellina? And second will Threshold or Pandora ever be coming back?(I thought Theshold was just amazing) And lastly does Avatar consider projects with nudity anymore?
x– there may be news on one or two of those titles in 2010.
What are the guidelines for Inker submissions? Thanks.
Would love to proffer a submission; however, the links above don't appear to work in either Firefox or IE. Is there another way that I might submit?
The links to both William A. Christensen's email and the contact page are not working.
The links to both William A. Christensen’s email and the contact page are not working.