Back in 2015, I did a feature called “Went to Tell Everybody,” where I asked creators that I liked to recommend a comic book by a different creator. They recommended a lot of great works (in the very first one, Jeff Lemire recommended Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole – so I used that for the featured image for this piece because I had to have SOMEthing as the featured image, ya know?).
I was just thinking, though, that it would be interesting to do a riff on that concept, but this time have the people themselves submit their work and then I’d be the one who would, in effect be the one who “Went to Tell Everybody.”
So here’s the deal. Once a week, I’ll do a “Went to Tell Everybody” edition where I spotlight a cool independent comic book that the creator of the comic book sent in to me for a spotlight. It won’t be one of those things where the one I like the best will necessarily be first, it will be more a matter of just however I feel like doing it (and people can continue to send in comics throughout the year), so don’t feel bad if your book isn’t spotlighted right away. That said, there’s no promise that you WILL be spotlighted. I’ll be frank, if I just don’t like your comic book, then I probably won’t end up spotlighting it. But I like a whole lot of comic books. I’ve done numerous month-long spotlights over the years on all sorts of comic books with all sorts of themes (we’ve done indie months, female creator months, LGBTQ months, African-American months), I’m all about spotlighting interesting and diverse voices. What I like about this format is that it won’t be just one month, it will be year-round. So I like your chances in general, but I’m also not promising anything, ya know?
Here’s all you have to send to me at email@example.com to have a shot at being spotlighted.
1. A PDF (or equivalent. Like I guess a .cbr format would be fine, too) of your comic book (whatever you feel like sending. If you want to just send the first issue of a series. Fine. If you want the whole first storyline sent, then that’s cool, too). The comic book has to be independent, which really just means that it’s your comic book. So an Image comic book would be fine, for instance. If you’ve done a Batman comic book, that’s awesome, congrats, but don’t send me your Batman comic book.
(P.S. My wife is already not thrilled at how many comic books I have all over our home as is – that’s why I’m asking just for online review copies).
2. A nice sized JPG of the cover of the comic book, so that I could show it and use it as a display piece for the article. Don’t go nuts with size, though. Just something big enough that it could be seen easily (so not tiny images).
3. At least three preview pages (also preferably in JPG format) so that I can have something to show the audience while I write about the comic. In the past, I’ve had to, like, take screen shots of PDFs and that’s a pain to do. Also, this way I don’t have to worry about sharing something that you’d prefer to be a secret. You get to be the one who picks the pages. You can share more than three, but at least three.
4. If you only have a webcomic, no worries, you’re still eligible. Simply provide some sort of image that I can use as a display image that would be like a comic book cover (preferably in color), images of a couple of sample pages (this can be in the form of a link to the respective pages on your site) and then tell me how much of your webcomic that I should read that you would consider to be one “book.” A lot of webcomics specifically separate their work into chapters/books, so if you do that, then just tell me that. If not, just come up with a reasonable amount. I’m not going to read, like, five years of your webcomic, ya know?
I’d prefer the subject heading of the e-mail to be Went to Tell Somebody and then the name of what you’re sending me, but that’s just to make it easier for me to correlate the e-mails (I get so many e-mails during any given day at my CBR account, so this way I will make sure to get to see your e-mail and don’t accidentally delete it thinking it is spam).
Okay, that’s all! I plan on having the first installment of the new version of Went to Tell Everybody next week! So start sending those e-mails now! That’s firstname.lastname@example.org!
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