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Volume 5 submissions are now open!


We're creating another installment in our ongoing anthology series celebrating Toronto’s comics community, and we want you to be a part of it!

Table of Contents


Specs
Payment
Submitting a Script
Applying as an Artist
Comic Formatting
Kickstarter
Milestones
Roles

What we’re looking for


Intro Meeting
This page has all the info you'll need to apply, but if you'd like to learn more and meet the team, please join us at the Lillian H. Smith Library on Sunday July 23rd at 2pm.

Come meet local artists and writers, and we'll be on hand to answer any questions you may have!Join the FB event!July 23, 2017
We want short self-contained stories set in Toronto with diverse characters to reflect the city we share. Your work can be in any genre and tone, but must be visibly set in Toronto. That can be a scifi TO, feudal Tee-Dot, magical treefort Hogtown, or crumbling 6ix ruins, but it must have imagery that reminds the reader where it’s set.

We’re especially interested in stories using genres not commonly found in western comics - sports, romance, true history, westerns, and so on!

If your story is part of a larger series, make sure that a new reader can still follow the action. Stories should be aimed at as a wide audience as possible, and should be rated PG13 at most.

Stories should be between 2 and 8 pages long, but the absolute maximum is 10 pages. The sweet spot is about 6 pages! We also want a handful of very short 1-2 page mini-comics.

What we’re NOT looking for


Stories should not feature excessively ‘gritty’ or extreme content.

We generally accept only 1-2 superhero story per anthology, so other genres are a safer bet.

Stories with excessive navel-gazing. Meditative or slow-paced stories are fine, but avoid stories where characters don’t make choices.

We’re not looking for autobio stories, unless your personal story reflects some larger aspect of Toronto. Good examples of autobio stories are Vol 2’s “Sandwich Boards and Salami” by BC Holmes, where she related her personal creative journey in parallel with Toronto self-publishing icon Crad Kilodney, and Vol 3’s “A Work in Progress” by Gwen Howarth, where she connects her own personal growth with the acceptance of the Trans March of Toronto Pride.

Specs


Dimensions:6” x 9” ( identical to Vol 1-4 )
Release date:May 2018
Length:208 pages. +-150 pages of that will be artwork.
MSRP:$20 CDN
Artwork:300dpi CYMK full-colour pages submitted digitally.
Sales channels:Kickstarter and conventions sales, as well as Chapters Indigo and local Toronto stores.

Payment


Writers will be paid $11 CDN per page, to a maximum of $110 ( 10 pages ).
Artists will be paid $25 CDN per page for pencils and inks, to a maximum of $250 ( 10 pages ).
Colorists will be paid $15 CDN per page, to a maximum of $150 ( 10 pages ).

Creators who perform multiple roles will be paid for each, to a maximum of $510 ( 10 pages ).

If a script receives first-draft approval, even if it is not illustrated or included in the final book, the writer will be paid the page rate.

If a comic is drawn, but for content, quality or space reasons is not included in the final book, all creators involved will be paid for their work.

Free Books
All contributors will receive 3 free copies of the printed book, and will be able to order additional books at a reduced cost. The reduced cost will be about $6 a book.

Fast Track Bonus ( new! )
If the comic is fully complete before February 1st, 2018, so that it can be used in the March ComiCon promotional mini or Kickstarter marketing, each member of that creative team will receive an additional ten complimentary copies for a total of thirteen copies.

Payment Schedule
Creators will be paid one month after the Kickstarter completes, or June 1st, whichever is first. Creators will still be paid if the Kickstarter fails.

Rights and ownership
Artists and writers retain all rights to their work, and give us indefinite reprint license to include it in this anthology and reprints, as well as for use in digital copies and marketing materials. You will always be credited for the work.

You’ll grant us the right of first publication until Jan 1st, 2019. After that, you can submit the piece to other anthologies, display it in your website, or distribute it however you please. If you need a special exemption, just give us a shout and we can work something out.

Submitting a Script


We will pair unattached writers and artists, so you can submit without having a full creative team.

Less experienced writers are encouraged to attend a social pitch meeting before submitting their pitch.

A number of spaces are reserved for unpublished writers, so don’t be intimidated if you haven’t been in print before!

Contributors don’t have to currently live in Toronto, but must have some living experience with the city.

You can submit up to 3 pitches.
Submit a pitch!Due August 13, 2017Script pitches should be submitted via Google Forms. Pitches are due end-of-day Sunday, August 13, and should include:

Plot summary
One to three paragraphs describing what happens. You don’t have to list everything in detail, but include enough to explain why an audience would be intrigued, and why the resolution will satisfy them.

Story length
An estimate of how many pages long the story will be.

Brief bio
One to three paragraphs describing yourself and your writing experience. If you’ve been previously published, let us know!

Artist details
If you’re intending to draw the story yourself, or have an artist already interested in working with you, mention that as well!


Optional Social Pitch Meeting


Social Pitch Meeting
Held at Lillian H. Smith Library on Saturday August 5th from 2-4pm.
Join the FB event!August 5, 2017
If you’d like to get immediate feedback, come to our group pitching meeting on Saturday, August 5 from 2-4pm at The Lillian H. Smith Library!

Writers should bring two great pitches with them, and be prepared to present them to a group of friendly strangers. Make sure that both ideas are equally strong, because you don’t want to be stuck developing a story you’re not invested in.

Both artists and writers are encouraged to attend! Everyone will vote on which pitch is most intriguing, and would reach the widest audience.

After the group has given you their feedback, you’ll have a week before the email pitch deadline to develop your strongest pitch.

Applying as an Artist


Artist-Writer pairing
Unattached artists will be presented with a list of available scripts, and will select the ones they’re most interested in.

If multiple artists pick the same story, the writer will choose the artist whose style matches their vision best.

In rare cases, editors may assign an artist directly to a story, but we want everyone to be passionate about the story they’re illustrating.

What if I want to work with my friend?
Great! If your friend wants to work with you, everything’s cool. Many of our best stories have come from writer-artist pairs who knew each other before applying.
Submit Application!Due August 13, 2017Artist applications should be submitted online via Google Forms. Artist applications are due end-of-day Sunday, August 13 2017, and should include:

Portfolio URLs
If you don’t have a portfolio site, please upload the images to www.imgur.com and send us a link.

Brief bio
One to three paragraphs describing yourself and your art experience. If you’ve been previously published, let us know!

Writer details
If you have a writer in mind you’d like to work with, please mention it!

Comic Formatting


Stories will always open on the left hand page. Dramatic page reveals should be planned with this in mind!

Where possible, stories will have a blank page of space at the end to clearly separate them.

Title Pages
Stories will have a standardized typography-only title page on the right leaf, listing the story title and all creators involved in the story ( ie., penciller, inker, letterer, etc. ).

File Specs
Artists will be submitting their work in 300dpi CYMK TIFF files to a Google Docs folder.

Kickstarter


Vol 5 is projected to cost $28,152 CDN. For the Kickstarter, we're going to ask for $15,000 CDN to fund the project, and plan to exceed the goal.

The goal is deliberately set significantly lower than the full cost to reduce risk. Kickstarter takes 9% of funds raised, so the break-even point is $30.6k.

Our Yonge At Heart Kickstarter earned $20k, and I believe that with a wide social media push, greater organization and better graphic design assets, we can reach a larger return. We’ll also offer t-shirts, prints, and original artwork for sale.

We’ll be asking artists to donate pages or original artwork for the KS.

What is the money spent on?


Creators$10,652
Printing 2,000 copies$9,000
Kickstarter supplies and shipping$7,900
Marketing$600
Total cost$28,152

Stretch Goals


These may change as we get closer to the Kickstarter launch.

At 16k: All digital orders include PDFS of previous volumes.
At 18k: All physical orders receive six adorable 1” character buttons created by Mandy James.
At 20k: All physical orders receive six adorable stickers using the same assets as the buttons.

What if it fails?


If the goal is not met, creators will still be paid. We’ll look into printing a much smaller run of books - probably 500 or less - funded by the contributors.

Milestones


Breakdown
First draft:2 weeks
Final script:1 weeks
Character Designs:2 weeks
Thumbnails:2 weeks
Pencils:6 weeks
Inks:5 weeks
Lettering:2 weeks
Colours:3 weeks
July 2017
July 24: Intro Meeting

August
Aug 6: Social Pitch Meeting
Aug 13: Pitches and Artist applications due.
Aug 20: Editors select pitches and request first script drafts.

September
Sep 3: First draft due.
Sep 10: Editors send draft feedback.
Sep 17: Final script due. Artists are paired with writers.

October
Oct 1: Character designs due.
Oct 8: Editors send character design feedback.
Oct 22: Page thumbnails due.
Oct 29: Editors return thumbnail feedback.

November
-- month is devoted to working on pencils! --

December
Dec 10: Pencils due
Dec 17: Editors return pencil feedback.
-- holiday break --

January 2018
Jan 21: Inks due.
Jan 28: Editors return inks feedback.
Jan 29: Kickstarter 30-day countdown begins

February
Feb 11: Lettering due.
Feb 18: Editors return lettering feedback.
Feb 28: Kickstarter begins!

March
March 11: Colours due.
March 18: Editors return colouring feedback.
March 25: Editors do final review.
March 30: Kickstarter completes!

April
Apr 1: Book layout is competed.
Apr 8: Books are ordered from printer.
Apr 29: Artists, Writers and Editors get paid.

May
May 6: Books arrive.
May 13: Launch book - hopefully, at TCAF 2018!
May 20: Begin fulfilling Kickstarter orders.

June
June 17: Complete fulfilling of Kickstarter orders.
We'll do a launch party, check with creators how their experience, and wrap up the project.

Roles


Lead Editor ( Stephanie Cooke )

  • Coordinate artists and writers

  • Help pair artists and writers.

  • Perform editorial duties as necessary

  • Resolve conflicts


Editors ( Megan Purdy and Miike )

  • Stories will be paired with an editor, who will stay with a story until completion.

  • Review pitches for acceptance

  • Review first script drafts and help writers build strong pieces.

  • Review thumbnail artwork.


Production Editor ( Steven Andrews )

  • Lay out the book in Adobe InDesign

  • Handle printing and production

  • Manage the Kickstarter

  • Do promotional web design and graphic design

  • Handle funds


  • Writers

    • Write an email pitch

    • Optionally attend a social pitching session

    • Write a first draft for the editors to review

    • If approved, write a final draft.

    • Work with artists to create a great story.


    Artists

    • Work with their paired writer to develop character designs for the stories.

    • Work with the story’s editor to create a great story.

    • Create 2-10 pen and ink pages.

    • If possible, letter those pages.


    Colorists

    • Colour 2-10 pages.