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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...

Yours,

- Dave
An audition more than a competition for a special DeviantART issue of Heavy Metal.
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:iconartbrojohn:
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: artbrojohn.deviantart.com/gall…

Here are the individual pages too:
Page 1: fav.me/d7a8acn
Page 2: fav.me/d7a8awn
Page 3: fav.me/d7adn4c
Page 4: fav.me/d7adno0
Page 5: fav.me/d7ahndl

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!
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:iconjohnchalos:
johnchalos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Any news on this?
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:iconartbrosean:
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: artbrosean.deviantart.com/gall…

And here are the individual pages:
Page one: fav.me/d70qjxy
Page two: fav.me/d70r82g
Page three: fav.me/d70r8hj
Page four: fav.me/d70ua90
Page five: fav.me/d70uszn
Page six: fav.me/d70vi9a
Page seven: fav.me/d70w3f0
Page eight: fav.me/d70wxzb

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!
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:iconjoeydes:
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?
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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...);

shiantu.deviantart.com#/art/La…
shiantu.deviantart.com#/art/La…
shiantu.deviantart.com#/art/La…
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scally8gmailcom Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist

scallysmashmouthart.weebly.com…   


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

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Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Hi Dave! I'm gonna leave here a link to a short story for your consideration: marshall-mc.deviantart.com/gal…
Cheers!
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:iconartybel:
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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:iconbjdemoness:
BJDemoness Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Here are five pieces which I feel would fit Heavy Metal well, though two are mixed media/found object. I've always wanted to be the cover artist for an issue of heavy metal, but a chance at a gallery can't be passed up. Thank you in advance for taking time to look.
bjdemoness.deviantart.com/art/…
bjdemoness.deviantart.com#/art…
bjdemoness.deviantart.com#/art…
bjdemoness.deviantart.com#/art…
bjdemoness.deviantart.com#/art…
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dianaprobst Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Can we send you private links to work?  I have a couple of things that I don't want officially Published on the web, as that makes it harder to apply for publishing elsewhere.
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HansNomad Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Nothing like an old issue of Heavy Metal to take me back (the ones filled with Enki Bilal, Moebius, Manara, and of course Richard Corben's Den).  Here's a piece I did as a possible submission for this collection.  The first one is the original piece and the second is a Heavy Metal cover mock-up using the same image (you're going to need a cover for this wonderful collection of art--right?)

hansnomad.deviantart.com/art/L…
hansnomad.deviantart.com/art/L…
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:iconthierryclan14:
thierryclan14 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is sounds great, my friend. I think i have one that may fit. (Collaboration between me & my creative partner).

Well, one question. Should i put a link to respective gallery here? Or elsewhere?
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Hi, posting a link here would be great.  I'm suggesting to everyone to submit something they have already done so it is easier to judge it.

Thanks,

- Dave
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:iconthierryclan14:
thierryclan14 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, i think i have something that quite suit Heavy Metal theme perfectly in my portfolios. I'll upload it soon (after done polishing :D)
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NiteOwl94 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my gallery I have a failed comic thing, it was 8 or 9 pages. I'd be willing to revamp that. Tell a concise short story and submit it.
Think I'd have a shot?
It'd be based on these two: 
invisiblepredator.deviantart.c…
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:iconpencilinpain:
PencilInPain Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, Dave.

I'm not sure this is what you're looking for, but I'm going to leave a couple links here: fav.me/d2py171 and here: fav.me/d5ctvsz

Thanks!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Cool, thanks.
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:iconpencilinpain:
PencilInPain Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Hat off 2 
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:iconflierz:
fLieRz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i forgot to link you to my gallery,here you go :
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:iconflierz:
fLieRz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,Dave,
I'm very interested about this project.
please feel free to check out my gallery for my stuffs.
thanks for your time !
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconflierz:
fLieRz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure !
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:iconlapin-de-fou:
Lapin-de-Fou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! i wonder how this will go though, am interested. but still lil confused as to how it'll start and wat we can submit =D
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Hey, sorry for the delay.  You can submit your work here on this thread or send me a message.  I won't be checking them though just yet as I want to make sure everyone gets the chance to think about it first.

Heavy Metal is a 'mature' readers comic book that revolves mainly around science fiction and fantasy.  They do have one or two art galleries per issue and, on the issues I put together, a short text story.

Yours,

- Dave
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:iconlapin-de-fou:
Lapin-de-Fou Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Alright sir,

Honestly, I have never seen those comic issues in your posts. >.< It makes it little difficult for me to know what to produce. Haha.
An illustrations, Comics? What characters etc etc. I'll take some time to research what's they are about i guess. =D Hope i'll be able to produce something eventually.
Really wanna submit my work ^^ though i feel kinda amateur-ish in this.

- Yuki
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:iconrgrzela:
rgrzela Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
how do we submit?
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Hey, sorry for the delay.  You can submit your work here on this thread or send me a message.  I won't be checking them though just yet as I want to make sure everyone gets the chance to think about it first.

Yours,

- Dave
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:iconmasonson:
masonson Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
This sounds really great opportunity Dave. I've been working on something that might fit in. I'd definitely like to submit it to you for consideration soon
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Sure! But don't rush, I won't be reviewing anything until more people have had a chance to have a look.

Yours,

- Dave
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:iconbumpytheshroom:
BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
For the sake of a project in discussion with at least one other person involved, I hope this does become a regular thing. :3 It's a shame we started only recently in our discussions. I'm sharing this with my boss/the guy who started the project anyway. May be this will light a fire under our butts! XD Thank you for presenting the opportunity and giving me hope for such possibilities in the world. :)
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I hope it becomes a regular thing as well.  It is a challenge and while some may not be ready for it this year they might next time.

You should also thank Kevin Eastman for agreeing to it.  That guy always plays it forward and is an inspiration.

Best,

- Dave
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:iconbumpytheshroom:
BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Such nice people! Thanks! :3
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Scarlet-Wings-Kaili Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student
Cool :eager:
I think the biggest challenge I have is making it 4-12 pages... shortest story I have ever done is around 30 pages... -_-
But this is the one I'm working on right now... scarlet-wings-kaili.deviantart… or (I find it easier to read on here) tapastic.com/series/Heart-Crys…
DEFINITELY NOT 4- 12 pages. Maybe around 170 when I'm done...
But I'm definitely interested. I'll be watching. :)
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
It is tough to do a short story, especially if all you are used to is epics, but they serve as a way to introduce your characters and ideas in small chunks that will hopefully leave people wanting more.  Don't try telling part of a larger story, focus on doing a smaller tale about one of the characters that also showcases the world they inhabit and how cool it is.

Yours,

- Dave
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Scarlet-Wings-Kaili Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student
Ok, thanks for the advice. I'll be around :eager:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well now, this certainly looks interesting, and a very generous deadline! To my regret, I didn't have time to complete a decent entry for the back cover competition, so this special issue is welcome news indeed! I've also improved my skills, style, and speed in the intervening time, so I hope to submit something great! :la:
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SCHEMECOMIX Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
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OmarFarouq89 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very exciting news! Two great tastes, like DA & HM, that taste great together! (reeses's peanut-butter). I really want to be a part of this...
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raelyn-earfalas Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really awesome of you. Thanks for giving a hand to your fellow artists!

Best of luck to everyone hoping to get in; I hope this will be your big break :)
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JennyGorman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
 

First, I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for taking time to be such an inspiration and support on deviant.

Second, here are some sample pages of a Horror/Scifi I have been working on that I'd like to submit. :)

 

       

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R-Complex25 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student General Artist
What are the guidelines? I understand the blood and death part, but are there any guidelines for pinups?
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tits, tits everywhere! :dummy:
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:iconr-complex25:
R-Complex25 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
:icondummylaplz: YAY!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Well hold on there!!!

Yes, there is some nudity in Heavy Metal but if you do, keep it classy.  Look at the work of Luis Royo, Alex Horley, Simon Bisley as examples.  Do something that tells a story beyond just being a pin-up.

- Dave
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MatinyComics Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. I was gonna have straight dick sucking. Thanks for the heads up.
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