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Okay... We played a little last year about doing a collaboration between Heavy Metal and DeviantART.  We got some guys on the back covers, we got a few articles in the mag, but we need to step up the game a little.

HM Competition by DeevElliott

It is so hard to get your work published these days and thank god Kevin
Eastman understands that.  So having put together some special issues of
Heavy Metal recently I pitched Kevin on forgetting the idea of a few
DeviantART pin-ups or a gallery...

DRAVN Heavy Metal issue 262 cover by KENDRICK LIM by DeevElliottDRAVN - Britney by Stanley Artgerm Lau by DeevElliottHeavy Metal by DeevElliott
Heavy Metal DeevElliott Special by DeevElliott

Instead we'll do an entire issue of Heavy Metal from the DeviantART community.  Yup, 100 pages of dA goodness wrapped in slick glossy paper.  We're going to aim for an issue as soon as possible next year.  The page rates are $75 per page (all in including lettering), yes it is really low and that's because Heavy Metal was established by reprinting European material so think about what you already have done that might be a good fit.  Also you own your material, no rights are being relinquished.  If you've collaborated on something with another creator now is a good time to discuss how the copyright line should read.

The magazine is 8 x 11 inches.  Files will be needed at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). EDIT!! It doesn't need to be in color.  Black and white or toned works too.

But let's not get a head of ourselves.  Remember, this is Heavy Metal magazine.  Unless it ends in blood and death, I wouldn't submit your tributes to My Little Pony.  This is also primarily a comic magazine so comic and fantasy art would be top of the list, however I won't rule out photography or tattooing or cosplay if you think it's on subject.  Please don't submit just one piece of art.  I'm looking for two galleries and several stories ranging from 4 to 12 pages in length.

Please remember that whatever you submit must be yours.  You can't submit artwork or stories that incorporate elements or characters that are owned by others.  No Batman or Wolverine stories please.  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!!! I work for a living and in the comics industry that means you work hard 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.

If we can pull together a great issue I will definitely be pushing for another or even something regular.  But something like that will be the subject of my next journal...


- Dave
An audition more than a competition for a special DeviantART issue of Heavy Metal.
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have a 5-page story I would like to submit for this issue.

Here is a link to a folder with the whole story:…

Here are the individual pages too:
Page 1:
Page 2:
Page 3:
Page 4:
Page 5:

I can also provide high-res PSDs, TIFFs or any other format if that would be helpful.

Thank you and Kevin Eastman for this great opportunity!
johnchalos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Any news on this?
ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I have an 8-page fantasy story that I would like to submit for this issue.

Here is a link to a folder with the whole story:…

And here are the individual pages:
Page one:
Page two:
Page three:
Page four:
Page five:
Page six:
Page seven:
Page eight:

I can also provide high-res PSDs, TIFFs or any other format if that would be helpful.

Thanks very much both to you and to Kevin Eastman for this opportunity!
JOEYDES Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hie Dave- quick question....I want to submit something Im working on, but unsure if there's time to finish. Will there be a deadline for submissions? Will it be posted?
Shiantu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Hi Dave - here's my bid - Last of the Giant Killers - about the violent death of English Magic at the end of the first millenium - 12 pages (work in progress - all scripted though...);………
scally8gmailcom Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist…   

My humble web presence. Enjoy the art...Alan Scally

Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Hi Dave! I'm gonna leave here a link to a short story for your consideration:…
artybel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Dave, this is great thanks for the opportunity! I am currently working on this picture (I will be painting it in watercolour). It's a bit different to the usual stable on Heavy Metal but I thought I'd give it a go :) Cheers!
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