DISCLAIMER #1!: This is not an official DeviantART project and DeviantART will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.
I have always loved anthologies. Growing up in Britain 95 percent of the comics were weekly anthologies so it has been firmly ingrained in my psyche.
I've always felt that anthologies are a good platform for experimentation, trying new ideas and styles, introducing new talent and especially good to read in the bathroom. I'll never forget the impression Heavy Metal had on me when I first saw it.
They're perfect for those moments when you've read through the 100 comics you've bought that month and realized there wasn't a single complete story in the pile.
I've recently relaunched two previously successful anthologies, A1 and MONSTER MASSACRE.
I have also been enjoying working on Heavy Metal. Check out my previous journal as I'm sure you will find it of great interest if you like the magazine. deevelliott.deviantart.com/jou…
Sooo... DeviantART... We all love it here. For years it has been the art communities greatest secret. Finally the word seems to be spreading and more and more people seem to be hearing about it. If you have been to San Diego Comic-con how could you come away not knowing what it is and the effect it has had on the artists in Artists Alley by supporting Clydene Nee and the convention committees efforts there.
I'd like to have a go at helping spread the word myself. The format that comes most natural now to me would be a nice big thick book. But how do I go about editing a selection of the biggest, greatest, art community in the world into a mere 200 page book?
DeviantART is a community of artists of every kind. Not just comics and manga. Concept and videogame design. Sculpture and 3D modeling. Cartoons and anime. Writers and fine artists. Photographers and film makers. Models and cosplayers. Jewelry and tattoos.
I don't know what shape this will take yet. I'm hoping I get some kick-ass submissions as well as pieces and sets that I'll be reaching out to the community for.
I'm currently planning on the book being approximately 200 plus pages, hard back, 8 x 11 inches and color, although you can still submit work in black and white. I can add more pages but I think it is important to keep the price point to where people can afford this easily. It shouldn't cost more than $25 dollars.
This will be a book about the dA community. About the length and breadth of the talent that oozes down the cables onto computers screens around the globe. I hope this does well enough to achieve two major things.
1/ I hope this becomes a regular series for you. An annual that takes a snapshot of the community.
2/ I hope this sells well enough so that those that contribute earn a royalty.
See, I don't want anyone to not get paid for their work seeing print, but at this stage I'm not in any situation to pay rates. My thinking is this, I'll be editing the book but the royalties will go to the artists whose work graces the pages of it. I also won't have the time to send out royalty checks for single pages where the amounts could be $10, so there will be some rules.
A/ I'll be looking for contributions of 6 or more pages for the book. This will limit the amount of Deviants but will give those included more room to show off their work and promote it effectively.
B/ There will be no upfront payment for the inclusion of your work but all deviants will share equally in a royalty that will be 8% of cover price. Whatever royalty comes in will be divided by the amount of pages in the book to work out how much each person will earn.
C/ I will update the entire community so everyone will know how many copies of the book is sold and what the payments will be. This will be done through an updated journal. Royalty statements are usually issued every six months after the book has officially gone on sale. If we sell 2000 copies in the first 6 months that'll be around $3600.00 dollars in royalties to be divided among the contributors. Not much but if more books come out and the earlier books are kept in print, that could build up nicely over time. Royalties will only be paid once the print and shipping costs have been recouped.
D/ Complimentary copies cost money so there will be 3-5 copies per creator upfront for free and then additional copies will be available for purchase at a little over cost. Don't forget, postage and handling costs money too.
Any one who either has experience of book design or wants to be a book designer can also pitch their ideas for the design of the book. I'm open to help and ideas to get this done.
I'll keep adding to this as I think of anything else.DISCLAIMER #2!!: This is not an official DeviantART project and DeviantART will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.
Please remember that whatever you submit must be yours. You can't submit artwork or stories that incorporate elements or characters or artwork that are owned by others. No Batman or Wolverine or Harry Potter stories please or My Little Pony pin-ups. Also, only submit if you genuinely feel your work is ready to see print. I know it is tough assessing your own material, be brutal with yourself.DISCLAIMER #3!!! I work for a living and in the comics industry that means you work hard for little money and rarely get a break. If I like what I see I will tell you but I won't be able to reply to everyone about why I couldn't use your work and/or give a critique. You will find that very few editors ever have the time to get back about submissions. Sometimes if you're lucky you'll get a rejection slip in with your returned submission.
In this case either post below or send me a message with a link to the pieces you want to submit.
Also, this isn't a race. I want to give as many people the chance to see this as possible. Think hard about what you want to submit or do for this. I'll update this journal when I have set a firm deadline.
I'm not setting a deadline for submissions at this point as I want as many people to see this as possible. I'll probably set a deadline around the end of October once people have had a chance to think about this. By then I'll have all the points finalized and be able to give you all the details. I should also have an approximate on sale date for the book.NOTE: THERE IS NO DEADLINE SET AT THE MOMENT!DISCLAIMER #4!!!! This is not an offiicial Deviantart project and deviantart will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.