Happy New Year! Are you resolved to develop and launch your next comic in 2018? Let us help!
2 years back, I launched a catalog of comic pitch packets called Octal and this forum was one of the first places I posted about it. Octal aggregates submission guidelines, allowing creators to pitch their books and series to dozens of comic publishers at the same time. Templates guide you to succinct, editor-friendly presentations, which are curated into volumes and sent to our ever-growing mailing list of submission editors.
The response has been pretty positive with over 3 dozen publishers currently subscribed to review the featured proposals. More than half the features packets going on to further talks with one or more publishers and over a quarter locking down series contracts. Over the last few months, we’ve finally began ramping up production by launching a series of semester workshops. We’re on track to release 3-4 new volumes in 2018.
Octal’s packet can be used to pitch new series, reprints of previously published/ currently self-published books and series, print editions of webcomics, English translations of foreign language comics, etc. Basically anything besides non-framed anthologies, foreign-language comics, and pornography.
You can now develop your packets autonomously using the templates and manual at www.OctalComics.com or enroll in our free semester workshop where creators develop their proposals on a coordinated schedule with instructional resources, editorial feedback, and group critiques throughout production.
Writers and artists may enroll with or without a team in place as the first month of the workshop is foundation work ( log lines, synopses, etc. ) Terms are fully non-exclusive, there are no entry fees, and Octal takes no stake in the comics which launch from its catalog.
To enroll in the 2018 semester, simply join www.facebook.com/groups/Octal2018 and make a post introducing yourself by January 19th. We look forward to working with some of you and wish everyone a productive new year.