Coexist Publishing, a subsidiery of Hound Comics, Inc. (Hound Entertainment Group) will only publish creator-owned material! In a nutshell, we want to help you publish YOUR comics – we aren’t looking for you to work on our existing titles. When you look to submit your work to us, we certainly expect it to be something original, not something utilizing existing characters. We will only accept proposals for a brand new series or stand alone graphic novels.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT writing (that is scripts, plots, etc.) samples! If you are an established professional, there may be a possibility that we could provide someone that’d be willing to work on your project; but it would be nearly impossible for us to read through every single script that may find its way into our mailbox. Please… DO NOT SEND your script or your plotline unaccompanied by art -- it will most likely be discarded, unread.
WE DO ACCEPT penciling, inking, lettering, or coloring samples. Our art department will keep all samples on file and may potentially connect you with other creators if and when the occasion presents itself. If your art-only submission is not kept on file, you will not receive a response.
The titles that Coexist publishes are all creator owned/creator generated properties and WE DON'T PAY PAGE RATES. Show some initiative! Do some research and some networking and work out a deal with whomever you may end up working with, and we'll do our best to make it as painless as possible. We takes a small, flat fee off the books we publish and the remainder will always go to that title’s creative team. Coexist is NOT involved in the way that the profit is split up between the creators involved. Not our problem… do not care!
1. A cover letter with all contact information (name, e-mail address, address, phone and fax numbers) clearly at the TOP of the page. You don't need to ramble on or be flowery or tell us how much you love us, introduce yourself and get on with it. If you've had published work you could let us know about it (or even include it) but we don't need your resumé.
2. A ONE PAGE, synopsis of the overall STORY. We DO NOT want a single-issue synopsis -- we want a synopsis of the ENTIRE series or story arc. As concisely and as succinctly as you are able, TELL US THE STORY, make us interested. Please avoid hyperbole -- avoid questions as plot points -- spell it out in plain English, etc. We are the PUBLISHER, not the audience. TELL US WHAT HAPPENS! Explain why we (or anyone else) would be interested in this series. KEEP IT SHORT! We get thousands of submissions, cut to the chase -- if you can sell us your book with a single paragraph, do it!
3. Send fully INKED and LETTERED pages (preferably COLORED). We'd like to see AT LEAST 2-3 pages, if you have MORE finished pages, swell! Bring 'em on! Two-three is the MINIMUM we want to see - not a maximum. We want to READ it. If the lettering sucks we may suggest a different letterer for the final comic book. The important thing here is that we can SEE that you know what you're doing, that you understand where to place copy and how to tell a story.
Presentation is not THAT important -- a pretty binder is
not going to make or break a proposal. We don't green light bad projects
because they're in a nice binder -- nor do we reject a good project because
it's not in a nice binder. We want to SEE how it might
look on a printed page so make sure it's a high quality file (ideally
300dpi CYMK), if the pages look unprofessional, it WON'T get a
Presentation is not THAT important -- a pretty binder is not going to make or break a proposal. We don't green light bad projects because they're in a nice binder -- nor do we reject a good project because it's not in a nice binder. We want to SEE how it might look on a printed page so make sure it's a high quality file (ideally 300dpi CYMK), if the pages look unprofessional, it WON'T get a green light.
4. Color is OPTIONAL but PREFERED. If you have a colorist and can provide color pages, great! This means you CAN send in colored pages you just don't HAVE to (although, if you want a color book, it would be advisable). We DO reserve the right to approve colorists as a poor one can ruin a decent book.
5. Include a cover mock-up -- this lets us know whether or not you understand the market and gives us a good barometer on your design sense. A good logo can be EASILY read from across the room. Don't be fancy or artistic -- be CLEAR. You can send character sketches and or bios, but not in lieu of storytelling pages -- we still need to see finished pages of sequential storytelling, lettered and inked. DO NOT send script pages -- DO NOT send unlettered pages accompanied by a script and expect us to follow along.
Things often change from proposal to the printed page. If the intended title of your book is awkward or unwieldy, we may suggest changing it. If your logo is an unreadable mess, we may suggest changing it. There are cases where we've designed logos and helped redesign characters and done cover sketches. We WON'T do anything without YOUR approval, of course, but it's not uncommon for us to get pretty involved. Our ultimate goal is to sell your comic book. If you succeed, we succeed. We'll do what we can to help.
NO NUDITY OR FOUL LANGUAGE WILL BE ACCEPTED! Period.
The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. It is NOT okay to pitch a book and say it will be written by Frank Miller and drawn by Jim Lee and then switch to another creative team. If the artist you pitched with leaves the team, go back to the end of the line and start over. This also means that on all ongoing titles, we need to be made aware of and approve ALL changes in the creative team. It's NOT okay to have six pages in issue #1 drawn by some hotshot while some guy off the street draws the rest of it.
DO NOT hand us submissions at comic book conventions. We have enough stuff to haul around as it is. Your pitch is far MORE likely to get lost, misplaced or discarded if we get it at a show.
BECAUSE WE RECEIVE SUCH A HIGH VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A REPLY WITHIN A MONTH, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER YOUR PROPOSAL REJECTED. We make absolute certain that we get in touch with submitters that we are interested in within a month of receiving them.
DO NOT try to pull a fast one! Don't think that you can get away with saying that you had a book approved at a convention or that a previous publisher gave your book the go ahead. If your book is not up to snuff, you're just making yourself look unprofessional. WE will decide on what gets published under our name, not the fact that it was accepted by another company.
Please do not try to "impress" us with all the deals you've lined up or testimonials from your friends or family. We don't care that Stan Lee told you that your stuff looked "neat" when he was cornered in the Men's room (we know Stan and we'll ask him) -- we are only interested in the comic itself. Your work sells your work -- not praise from others. SHOW US why we should publish your stuff.
Send your submissions to: Submissions@coexistpublishing.com
We are not looking for any specific genre or type of comic book. We are looking for comics that are well written and well drawn, by people who are dedicated and can meet deadlines.
Finally, since Coexist Publishing owns no intellectual properties, you can be assured, accepted or not, your property will remain yours.
We wish you the best luck and the greatest success!