Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines | Updated 3/18/17

You need to understand a bit about publisher submission guidelines, if you want to break into the comic books. This list of submission guidelines includes links to comic book publishers.

That’s only part of the story for breaking in as a comic book writer, artist, or business professional. To learn about the complete process, check out my book “Creating Comics from Start to Finish.”

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Comic Publisher Submissions Guidelines

Many comic book publishers do not want to be inundated with submission packages. As of this writing, Marvel Comics has a line on their submissions page that reads “…and if you have the right stuff…we’ll find you.”

Breaking into comics is a real challenge for creators, particularly writers. Every year, I host panels at New York Comicon where I ask comic and book editors to offer advice about breaking in. Just about every comix editor wants the same thing from aspiring artists, which is sequential comic book work. You need to submit more than pinups and sketches. Nothing proves that you can make comics like making actual sequential comics.

If you’re interested in breaking into Marvel Comics, check out this interview I did with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer at Marvel.
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For writers, it’s even more difficult, since an editor can’t review your work at a convention. So creating a comic, having it drawn, and getting it published will give you an edge with editors. I know, I know, it’s a chicken-or-egg thing of “I need something published to get something published,” but there are always small publishers and Kickstarter to help you get your first project off the ground.

If you want to work in comic books as a professional, learn about the industry and the publishers you are targeting. Buy (never pirate) the comics they publish, which will help them stay in business as you break in as a pro.

Here’s a list of submission guidelines by publisher. Bookmark this and check back. I’ll keep it updated. If you see a broken link, let me know.

The Big Two: DC and Marvel Submission Guidelines

There’s a reason Marvel and DC are considered “the Big Two.” By sheer sales numbers, they dominate the newsstand and the direct market (comic shops). Marvel and DC tend to be difficult to break into because they have highly desirable superhero characters. For many writers and artists, Marvel and DC are their fantasy dream job. This isn’t true for all creators, but when you go to conventions and see the lines for portfolio review, you know that a lot of people want to get paid to draw and write their characters. I’ve written for Marvel Comics and will tell you that it is a lot of fun.

DC Comics
Publisher of Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Sandman, Preacher, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Mad Magazine, Vertigo titles, and many others.

For Mad Magazine:

Marvel Comics
Publisher of Spider-Man, The X-Men, Avengers, Daredevil, Iron Man, Hulk, Deadpool, Wolverine, Captain America, Ghost Rider, Thor, The Ultimates, and many others.


Large Independent Publishers Submission Links

There are quite a few top independent publishers, and you can debate who they are. Some of them are so large and established that it may not be accurate to call them “indy publishers.” But this is why they are part of the elite “large independent publishers” section. This list is completely subjective and you should feel free to challenge my listings in the comments section below.

Archie Comics
Publisher of Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Sonic, Afterlife With Archie, and other comic books and supermarket digests.

Avatar Press
Publisher of Crossed, Robocop, Friday the 13th, Night of the Living Dead, and many others.

Boom! Studios
Publisher of 3 Guns, Adventure Time, Peanuts, Planet of the Apes, Irredeemable, and many others.

Dark Horse Comics
Publisher of Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy, Conan, Buffy, Grendel, Terminator, Ghost, and many others.

Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher of Bionic Man, Battlestar Galactica, Project Superpowers, Shadow, Flash Gordon, Green Hornet, and many others.

Fantagraphics Books
Publisher of Love & Rockets, Hate, Acme Novelty Library, Eightball, and many others.

IDW Publishing
Publisher of Kiss, Locke & Key, Transformers, GI Joe, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many others.

Image Comics
Publisher of Walking Dead, Invincible, Spawn, Savage Dragon, Chew, Kabuki, Dead @ 17, Saga, Youngblood, and many others.

Top Cow Entertainment
Publisher of Witchblade, Darkness, Cyberforce, and others (part of Image Comics).

Valiant Entertainment
Publisher of X-O Manowar, Archer and Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, Harbinger, and other comic books. 

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Indy Comic Book, Graphic Novel, and Book Publishers Submissions

Some of the most interesting and creative comic books are being published by indy publishers. Even though many of them are a bit smaller in total volume of titles, they may be the perfect way for you to get your foot in the door if you want to make comics.

It is important to note that not all publishers have clear guidelines for submission. In that case, the link may drive you to an About page or a Contact page. If I haven’t found anything else, I will send you to the home page. Remember, not all small publishers are prepared to publishing anything beyond their own projects, so do your research.

As with any publishing submission, be sure to read a few issues of comics that they have already published. You can get a sense for their publishing strategy by reviewing upcoming releases. Always get as much information as you can about a publisher before reaching out with your comic book ideas.

01 Publishing
Publisher of Casefile Arkham, World War Kaiju

12-Gauge Comics
Publisher of The Ride, Body Bags, 25 to Life, Boondock Saints, R.P.M.

215 Ink
Flutter, Black River, & Breakneck

2000 AD
Publisher of Judge Dredd.

Aardwolf Publishing
Publisher of comics, prose books, and non fiction books, including Futurians.

AC Comics
Publisher of Femforce and other comic books.

Action Lab
Publisher of comics and digital comics.

After Hours Comics
Publisher of Genie the Genius and a bunch of comics that I wrote a long time ago.

Alterna Comics
Publisher of Fubar, The Chair & Mother Russia!submit-your-comic/cfvg

Antarctic Press
Publisher of Gold Digger, Ninja High School, Airship Enterprise, and others.

Publisher of Kade, Isis, and other comic books.

Aspen Comics
Publisher of Fathom, Shrugged, Charismagic, and other comic books.

Black Mask Studios
Publisher of 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Space Riders, Ballistic

Blank Slate Books
Publisher of Psychiatric Tales, Nelson, & The Silver Darlings

Publisher of Cla$$war and other comic books.

Comics Experience Publishing
Packages comics for IDW & educational resources

Digital publishing distributor

Publisher of The Standard, Oxymoron, & educational resources

Devil’s Due Entertainment
Publisher of Mercy Sparx and other comic books.

Drawn & Quarterly
Publisher of many graphic novels.

Double Take
Publisher of zombie comics by Bill Jemas. (Out of business.)

Graphix (imprint of Scholastic Books)
Publisher of Bone, Amulet, Smile, Ghosts, Baby-Sitters Club, Bad Island (Submissions guidelines & submissions contest)

Heavy Metal Magazine
Publisher of Heavy Metal magazine and many graphic novels.

Heroic Publishing
Publisher of Flare, Lady Arcane, Icicle, Murcielaga She-Bat

Inverse Press
Publisher of Antitheis, Flesh of White, Roadkill Du Jour 

Last Gasp
Publisher of The Fifth Beatle, Tin Tin, and other graphic novels.

Level 8 Comics
Brethren Born

Lion Forge
Publisher of Knight Rider, Airwolf, and other comics.

Publisher of Lexian Chronicles and other comic books.

Moonstone Books
Publisher of Kolchak, Mandrake, and other comics.

Publisher of ComicsLit, Boneyard, and other graphic novels.

Nobrow Press
Publisher of Garbage Night, Nightlights, Audubon, Sparx, and graphic novels

Northwest Press
Publisher of The Legend of Bold Riley, Rise, & A Waste of Time

Publisher of New-Gen anthology comic

Oni Press
Publisher  Scott Pilgrim, Queen & Country, Courtney Crumrin, Wasteland, The Sixth Gun

Red Anvil Comics
Publisher of The Mighty Titan, Owlgirls, Cyberines, Mazscara

Red Giant Enterprises
Publisher of Exposure, The First Daughter, Markiplier

Publisher of Neozoic, Seven Percent, Versus

Rosarium Press
Publisher of The Sea is Ours, Echo Gear, DayBlack, Stories for Chip

Scout Comics
Publisher of Henchgirl, Solarman, Girron

Self Made Hero
Publisher of An Olympic Dream, The Boxer, Filmish, Aama, Klaxon

Slave Labor
Publisher of Halo and Sprocket, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and other comics.

Team Girl Comic
Publisher of anthology featuring women creators

Th3rd World
Publisher of comic books and graphic novels.

Tidal Wave Comics (formerly Bluewater Comics)
Publisher of Logan’s Run, 10th Muse, and biographical comic books.

Titan Books
Publisher of Albion, Charley’s War, & licensed properties.

Top Shelf Productions
Publisher of Box Office Poison, Owly, Blankets, and many others.

Publisher of science fiction, horror, and fantasy books and graphic novels. 

TwoMorrows Publishing
Publisher of comics history, comics journalism, and other fan publications.

Udon Entertainment
Publisher of Dark Souls II, Persona 4, and art books for video games and manga characters

Warp Graphics
Publisher of Elfquest

Will Lill Comics
Publisher of Fun Adventure Comics, Firefox, & Mercury

Yen Press
Publisher of Twilight & Maximum Ride.

Zenescope Entertainment
Publisher of Grimm Fairy Tales and other comic books.


To learn more about making comics, please check out my books and CD-ROMs. #makingcomics

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