If you’ve found this page, you’re likely an artist who wants to work in the comic book industry. Submitting your work to comic book publishers can be a daunting task. They each have their own expectations and submission requirements. To make it a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular comic book publishers, with a small overview of what they’re accepting, and a link to the submission information on their site.

Fierce Comics

Fierce Comics is an emerging independent publisher that has received a lot of exposure over the last couple of years. While they aren’t accepting writer submissions, they are the only publisher in this list that has a separate program carved out for new talent trying to break into the industry. This program seems like a good way for artists who want to appeal to Marvel or DC to get some real-world publishing experience. More information about their Journeyman Artist Program, can be found on their site at:

http://www.fiercecomics.com/root/more/fierce-comic-journeyman.html

Fierce also accepts freelancer painter, penciler, inker, colorist, and letterer submissions from established professional artists. More information on their freelancer submission guidelines can be found at:

http://www.fiercecomics.com/root/more/fierce-comic-freelance.html


DC Comics

DC Comics started the super-hero phenomenon with Superman in 1938. They are a huge comics publisher, however they do not accept submissions by mail. Instead, they conduct a talent search at various conventions. Additional information about the DC Talent Search can be found at their site:

http://www.dccomics.com/dccomics/about/?action=submissions


Marvel

Like DC, Marvel is one of the oldest comic book publishers. Also like DC, Marvel does not accept submissions by mail. Instead, their site states that if you are an aspiring comic book artist you should publish or publicly post your material and they will find you. This lends extra credibility to the Fierce Comics Journeyman Artist Program referenced above. More details about Marvel’s approach to submissions can be found on their site at:

http://marvel.com/help/category/14/topic/30


Image Comics

Image Comics only publishes creator-owned books, so this is an all-or-nothing type of submission. If you have a complete book and you’re looking for someone to publish it, this is your best bet. They have high expectations, so make sure the talent you work with to get your book done is top-notch. More information on know to submit your book to Image can be found on their site at:

http://www.imagecomics.com/submissions.php


Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse is considered one of the “Big Four” comics publishers and has a very detailed submissions page. Guidelines are included for writers, artists, inkers, colorists, and letterers. Additional information is located on their site:

http://www.darkhorse.com/Company/Submissions


Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment is a growing boutique publisher that accepts submissions. Their site outlines guidelines for writers, artists, pencilers, colorists, and painters. Additional information is located on their site:

http://www.dynamiteentertainment.com/htmlfiles/editor.html


Avatar Press

Avatar is a leading independent publisher that is currently looking for artists. Their site states that they are not seeking script-only submissions at this time. Additional information is located on their site:

http://www.avatarpress.com/avatar-press-submission-guidelines/