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FUTUREQUAKE & SOMETHING WICKED- Open for submissions

FQP are pleased to announce that from today till Friday 31st March both FutureQuake and something Wicked are open to script submissions.

If you want to take a shot at getting a script in front of some of the finest artists in the small press, now is your chance.

However, we will be closing at the end of March so don't delay. All scripts will be read in the order of arrival. Multiple script submissions are welcome but remember that FQP publish anthologies, so no serials. Good luck.

Writers

We only commission full scripts for FutureQuake, though if you send us a synopsis we will happily take a look and let you know what I think. There is not any set method for writing a comic script, but there are conventions that must be adhered to before we will consider reading your script. Your page layouts must be clearly laid out, indicating page and panel breaks (preferably in bold). Either your panel descriptions or dialogue should be written in CAPS, with the other appearing in lower case. Note- for lettering it is preferable to have all captions & dialogue in lower case.

Please use tabs in order to create some space and differentiate between the character’s name and their appropriate dialogue, making it easier for both the artist and editorial team to read. Despite similarities to scriptwriting in other media, writing for comics still requires you to employ certain descriptive terms. Try to avoid using more cinematic phrases such as "close up" or "shot" and instead use terms like "view" or "close in".

Learn certain shorthand descriptive terms such as "f/g" (foreground), "b/g" (background), "aerial view" (looking down on a scene from above), "box" (caption box) or "o.o.s" (out of shot). There are many methods of scriptwriting, but it is important to remember that comics are a collaborative medium and the best results are produced when a writer and artist are working together as a genuine team. Your job as a writer is to inspire your artist, to engender certain emotive responses within the artist the he or she can then convey to the reader. Do not expect an artist to religiously follow every minute detail in your script - the artist is adapting what you have written, and they will have a much better idea of what will work on the page.

We expect writers to read through their scripts before submitting them to us - scripts with spelling or grammatical errors will be put at a significant disadvantage in the eyes of the editorial team. You may well be asked to redraft your script once we have read it, so please do not be offended - we want to see your work succeed (almost) as much as you do.

Artists

We are always on the outlook for new artists to showcase in the comic. There is no 'house style' and we are open to all types of artwork. The comic publishes black and white art only, and artists are selected on the basis of the sample artwork they send us. Suitable samples of your artwork should consist of pages of sequential art, not just single images. It doesn't matter how good an artist you are, if you can't draw a sequential comic strip then we will not be able to use your work. Ideally, multiple pages should be included, so that we can get as full an idea as possible of your art style. Please let us know if you wish to greyscale and/or letter your strip, as we have people available to do both if you would prefer not to do so.

General

Stories are generally five pages or less, and often follow the 'twist in the tail' set up popularised by EC comics and 2000 AD's Future Shocks, though we are not wedded to the twist element. We can encompass almost any genre or story within the rough boundaries of sf/fantasy/horror/romance/comedy or any permutations thereof. We have sample scripts available on this page if you are a writer looking for examples of script writing or an artist in need of a script to produce sample artwork.

We will pair artists with writers and scripts, though we are open to submissions from writer/artist teams but we require a script/synopsis before we agree to commission a strip. We receive many more submissions than we can print, so please do not be put off by a single rejection - we are actively interested in printing your work. All work produced for FutureQuake is the sole intellectual property of the creators involved, the comic claims no rights to the material beyond first printing and a comixology edition, and you are free to reprint it wherever you so wish (though we would appreciate any mention of where it originally saw print, we in no way require it).

All submissions from both writers and artists should be sent to futurequake.comic@gmail.com

Below are some sample scripts that you are free to download to read and examine. Please note these scripts are still the copyright of the authors and all rights are reserved.

Note- The V.C.’s are copyright Rebellion.