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.
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...
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...