I’ll tell you something.
I feel sorry for the submissions editor of Oni Press. They are going to go through something that is absolutely terrible, all in the name of looking for a good comic to publish.
Don’t be fooled by the lies. If they say anything like “we’ve got tons of good submissions,” that’s a lie. As Editor in Chief of ComixTribe, I see my fair share of submissions, and few of those are good. As the main editor of The Proving Grounds, I have years worth of scripts that I’ve seen, precious few of which are passable, let alone good. As a comic reviewer, I try to actively stay away from comiXology Submit in order to save brain cells, because most of the submissions there don’t have any quality controls.
Creators and those who think they “deserve” a shot are going to flock to Oni Press, flooding them with subpar submissions, and they will probably never hear back from them.
This is not to say “what’s the point” or “the submissions process doesn’t work.” I’m not saying that at all. What I’m saying, though, is that most of what they are going to get is crap.
The submission editor is probably going to load up on Advil, and they should also be spelled every so often.
Why am I so down on creators? Because this is my experience:
Bad punctuation usage, worse spelling, no real format, moving panels, stilted dialogue, and bad execution of ideas…and that’s just in the script!
For the art, bad anatomy, perspective, ignoring the 180 rule, and bad storytelling, all masquerading as “style” but is really nothing more than laziness.
I’m curious to know how many superhero projects they’ll get and instantly reject.
I’m wondering just how many creators won’t or just unable to follow the rules, no matter how simple they are. (I’m running a writing challenge over at Digital Webbing, with very simple rules, one of which is to have no less than 200 words of spoken dialogue. One of the posters asked if first-person journal entries counted toward spoken dialogue. Yes, this is what the submissions editor is going to get.)
The submissions editor is a hero, in the classic sense: a person who stands up against overwhelming odds and somehow perseveres.
I’ll buy them their favorite drink when they’re done.