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I want to talk specifically about graphic novels today.
Over the past few months, I have received numerous questions regarding the submission of graphic novels to agents, so I decided to dedicate this particular Ask The Agent to some of those questions.
I look for proper formatting. Outside of formatting, I look for things like: Does the dialogue in the panel give enough information without being verbose?
I look to see that the writer has a grasp on description and an eye for detail. I take on more scripts without art than I take on fully illustrated graphic novels. So please do not let that deter you from writing comic scripts.
Questions from Whitney My question is about query formats in regards to graphic novels. With many submission guidelines asking for the first pages pasted in the body of the email, I was wondering how to go about keeping the script format this way.
Since graphic novels are written in a sort of screenplay style format, pasting the first few pages into the body of an email ruins this formatting. Is there a way you have seen to get around this? I would also like to include art samples since I am also the artist.
Should I include a link to art? I know that attachments are frowned upon. However, if you would like to really impress an agent, you could include with your query a link to a website with your material. It could be a simple website that includes a detailed synopsis of your graphic novel, samples of your art, and most importantly, a password protected PDF of your graphic novel script.
It should look something like this: You can view both on my website www. And finally… yes… no attachments. My answer to this is good luck. An agent may be able to get you into some doors, but likely not. Like many creative fields, breaking into the comic book business as an artist can be an exciting but challenging process.
It takes proper training, a ton of practice, making the right contacts, learning to sell your talents, building a strong portfolio and much patience. However, time and time again, the best advice we can offer aspiring artists is: Go to a Comics Convention!
Comic book conventions offer an ideal forum for meeting working professionals and publishers in the same location. It's also a great place to get feedback on your portfolio, speak to editors, and ask lots of questions.
Questions from Andrew I answered this in a previous Ask the Agent, but I think it is important for those of you who missed it.
When receiving a query letter from a graphic novel writer, do you only consider their project if they have included some completed artwork?
I have taken on many graphic novel projects without artwork. Editors often like to choose their own graphic artists many times in-houseand it can be quite the process. Often, editors love the script but hate the art or love the art and hate the script.
So frankly, it is easier for me to take on a script without artwork and pitch that to editors. One thing to consider: It may help to give the agent an idea of what kind of art you envision for the project. General Graphic Novel Submission Pro tip: When I am gearing up to submit a graphic novel to an editor, I email them and ask what they expect to see.
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