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Feb. 14th, 2009 06:09 pm Fist Full Of Comics anthology zine seeks contributors

I’m seeking contributions for a small-press comic anthology primarily (but not exclusively) from South Australian creators. If that interests you, read on!

What is Fist Full Of Comics?
Fist Full Of Comics is a small press comic anthology, primarily (but not exclusively) featuring creators from South Australia. It’s A5, with colour front and back covers and black & white interior pages. It’s bi-monthly, and the number of pages for each issue will be determined by the number of submissions.

Fist Full Of Comics originally began a few years ago (initially as the brainchild of David Milne and subsequently helmed by Sarah Milne with Dan McGuiness), but has been on hiatus for some time. With the blessing of the original team, it has now passed from their capable but otherwise occupied hands into my own. Fist Full Of Comics volume two will be relaunched as six bi-monthly issues throughout 2009, with Issue 1 appearing in late February.

What’s wanted
Fist Full Of Comics welcomes contributions from anyone, from professional full-time comic artists to first time cartoonists (although most of the existing contributors fall somewhere in the middle).

I’m primarily looking to publish sequential art – comic book stories between one and six pages in length. However, other types of submissions will be accepted, including:

  • Comic strips
  • Single panel cartoons
  • Front covers (colour) – preferably gag covers or a dynamic standalone image rather than a cover illustrating an interior story
  • Pinups (colour) – will appear on the back cover only (i.e. only one per issue).
Ideally, stories will be self-contained, although they can feature existing characters (as long as you have the right to use those characters). If you would like to do a serialised story, I recommend discussing it with me first.

There is no restriction on genre or art style. Contributions should generally be no more than MA-rated (i.e. no R-rated content), although that’s not to say that G-rated material won’t be more than welcome! Submissions should preferably not have been previously been published in print (content that has appeared online is fine), although exceptions may be made based on the distribution and age of the original appearance.

I will also be considering text pieces, for example:
  • Local news updates
  • Articles on Australian comics history
  • Small press reviews.
Some short illustrated fiction may also be considered.

Remuneration / advertising
I can’t pay creators at this point, but contributors will get a free copy of any issue they appear in, PLUS advertising space in that issue. For each page of art printed, you will get a quarter-page of advertising space. Send in four comic pages and get a full page of ad space! Ads can be for your own comic, website, garage sale – anything at all (within reason). Fist Full Of Comics will not design or typeset your ad, so make sure to supply it as you want it printed (see File types for more details). Advertising in exchange for text pieces will be discussed on a case by case basis.

(Fist Full Of Comics isn’t intended to be a profit-making exercise; I’m doing this because of my love of comics and a desire to provide a small outlet for local [and other] talent. If it does get to the level where substantial profit is made, rest assured that this will be passed on to the creators.)

File types
Please email contributions to <fistfullofcomics(at)gmail.com>, using the following specifications.

148mm wide x 210mm tall, minimum 300dpi, CMYK. Note: Colour images will only be accepted for the front and back covers (i.e. no interior pages) unless previously discussed.

148mm wide x 210mm tall, minimum 300dpi.

Black and white (line-art)
148mm wide x 210mm tall, minimum 600dpi.

Bear in mind that the printed image will NOT extend to the edge of page, so design your images (particularly cover submissions) with an unavoidable white border in mind.

Contact details and credits
Contact details for each contributor will be supplied on the credits page for each issue. Accordingly, when sending submissions, please include
  • The title of your submission
  • Your name (or the pen name you’d like your submission to be credited to)
  • An email address for people to contact you (especially if different to the address the submission is sent from)
  • A postal address (this will NOT be published unless specifically requested; it is where your contributor’s copy will be sent).
Fist Full Of Comics will be published bi-monthly, with issues scheduled to appear in late February and early April, June, August, October and December. Contributions to complete the February issue should be submitted no later than Saturday 21 February. Submissions that do not make each issue’s cut-off date will be held over for consideration for the next issue.

Please send your submissions to <fistfullofcomics(at)gmail.com>.

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Date:February 14th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Dude, there's a spelling mistake in there, my world is crushed.

and I'll send stuff soon.
Date:February 15th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh, "fist time cartoonists"? I could try and claim I was making a pun... fixed now, thanks.

And yes! Send stuff! Soon! Precisely as you said.
Date:February 15th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, seems really interesting! But what kind of quality are you looking for? I'm a good artist but I've still got a lot of improvement to do. =/
Date:February 15th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I should add, I know it says you accept 'first time cartoonists', but sometimes first timers can be pretty good. -fret-
Date:February 16th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Having looked at your DeviantArt, I would not fret if I were you. For example, I would love to print your Twilight comic if it was split up into A5 pages (assuming it would print okay in black and white). I reckon it would be perfect for Fist Full Of Comics.
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Seriously? I would LOVE for you to include my Twilight comic... Gotta keep spreading that Twilight hate! ; ) I'll neaten it up and send you a copy, since I wouldn't be able to draw anything new in time for the late Feb copy.
Date:February 16th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, please do send it! That would be great.
Date:February 16th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
For anyone else who may be wondering this: Fist Full Of Comics aims to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Pretty much everyone has improvement to do (myself more than anyone), but that improvement only comes through experience, and I think the best experience comes from seeing your creations in print and finding out what works and what doesn't. Accordingly, part of Fist Full Of Comics' "mission statement" is to encourage emerging artists to publish their work.

(A note to readers: that doesn't mean Fist Full Of Comics will be purely an amateur book: several of our contributors have worked for mainstream book publishers. Everyone's welcome!)
Date:February 17th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Dude!I am in! I will email you a thing by the 21st. A brand new thing. I think it will have screentones and a joke is something.
Date:February 17th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
This is good news! It makes me happy.
Date:February 25th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)


well i must say im interested. i just wrote up a script, and am sketching up some layout


Date:March 1st, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)

Re: aqua.dan

Pleased to hear it! Issue one is out now; the deadline for issue two is the last week of March. Hope to see something from you.
Date:September 14th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)


Owen, I might have a one page for FFoC #5 - what was the deadline? I think it was 17th September...


Ian T.
Date:September 14th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)

Re: Deadline?

I think I've told different people slightly different dates by accident, but it should be Sunday 20 September. A one pager would be great if you're able!
Date:September 14th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Deadline?

Thanks, Owen, will see what I can do...