Iron Circus Comics will be accepting unsolicited submissions from comic creators beginning in November of 2015. Submissions will remain open until they’re not.
Please familiarize yourself with our current output before submitting any proposals.
What Iron Circus Wants
Graphic novels. Proposals for graphic novels previously unpublished in print, between 150 and 500 pages in length, aimed at readers 10 years of age and older. Both color and black and white proposals will be considered. All genres, with the exception of superheroes, zombies, and children’s books, will be considered.
Erotic graphic novels. Proposals for erotic graphic novels previously unpublished in print, between 150 and 500 pages in length. Both color and black and white proposals will be considered. Erotica submissions will be part of the Smut Peddler Presents line of comics, and Smut Peddler creator and content guidelines requiring sex positvity and consent will apply to these submissions.
What Iron Circus Doesn’t Want
Submissions from creators younger than 18 years of age.
Monthly serials. Iron Circus isn’t interested in publishing 32-page floppies. Just not our scene.
Superheroes. There are plenty of other folks out there much better-suited to publishing cape books, and with greater enthusiasm than we could ever muster. Check them out instead.
Zombies. See: Superheroes.
Children’s comics. We publish books for an older audience. All-ages and middle grade material is acceptable, but early-reader, large-type comics are not.
Fan fiction or re-imaginings. All comics and characters must be original creations and the intellectual property of the proposal’s submitter(s). This disqualifies proposals strongly derivative of works in the public domain from consideration. Even if you set them in the modern day, or the future, or the past, or turned the characters into supernatural creatures.
Portfolios from colorists, letterers, inkers, pencillers, etc. We have no assembly line style work available, and don’t ever plan to.
Prose, poetry, illustrations, pin-ups, zines, light novels, photography, and music. Iron Circus Comics publishes comics. It’s right there in the name!
Ideas. Nope. Please submit complete proposals only.
Emailed declarations that you plan to submit a proposal, or requests for permission to submit a proposal. Yes, I want to see your proposal. That’s why I put up the submissions page! Please read it and follow the instructions.
Incomplete creative teams. If you’re an artist without a writer, or a writer without an artist, please find a partner before submitting your proposal. ICC can’t play matchmaker!
Proposals for freelance publishing/fulfillment work. ICC is not available for hire to oversee or fulfill Kickstarters for third parties, store print runs we don’t represent, or handle freelance pre-press.
How to Submit Your Proposal
Make sure the comic you’re submitting is something Iron Circus would consider for publication! Review the “What Iron Circus Wants” and “What Iron Circus Doesn’t Want” sections of this page.
Download, read, complete, and sign this submission release form. Scan the signed release for inclusion in your submission package. (You may also sign it digitally via the Signature command in Adobe Reader.) Read the release carefully! Its terms are non-negotiable.
Assemble your submission package. It should feature:
- A complete creative team, with creator contact information.
- Short creator bio(s). Five or so sentences should be plenty.
- A full story summary or outline, detailing the beginning, middle, and end of your comic, with a maximum length of one page.
- A production timeline, with a rough estimate of how long you would expect creating this comic to take you. Be honest!
- Five pages from the proposed comic. The preview pages should be complete, including inks, colors, and lettering, and be representative of the finished work. They don’t have to be the comic’s first five pages, but I strongly prefer they be sequential pages.
- A signed and completed submission release form, one for each creator involved. Submission packages that do not include a signed submission release form will be deleted without being read.
Once complete, email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptable formats include .pdf, .zip, .rar, and .doc. Submit each proposal once and only once. Please allow up to two months for a response.
What Iron Circus Will Do
If Iron Circus thinks it can publish your work, a representative contact you to discuss the details. But please, keep in mind: until we execute you a written contract, we haven’t agreed to publish or otherwise exploit your work.
Iron Circus will handle pre-press, printing, sales, promotion, and distribution of your work. Terms negotiated will include an advance on future royalties (if any), signing bonuses, and exclusive world-wide publishing rights. Please note that any deal Iron Circus Comics signs with you must be both exclusive and world-wide.
What If Your Proposal Is Rejected?
I know, being rejected sucks. I’ve been there. But it’s important to understand a rejection’s not necessarily a reflection of your work. As a company, Iron Circus just might not be the best fit for you. You’re always welcome to try again with a new project! But please, submit all proposals once and only once.