Here’s a bit of comic geekery that I discovered recently: Image Comics only publishes creator-owned works. They do not own the rights of any of the material that they publish. Also, they seem to have an active submissions system/slush pile.
Can you hear the mental gears turning from there? Because they were pretty loud when I discovered this.
I checked with Rick, the amazing artist of amazingness, and asked him if he thought that Fight or Flight would have a chance. He said sure. I asked him if he thought it was a good idea to submit it. He said go for it.
I combed through their submission guidelines several times. I wrote up a summary letter of the story. I told them what kind of comic we envisioned Fight or Flight to be. I included as many pages of the print-ready comic as Google would let me attach to an email. I sent the email.
I went for it.
Their submissions page says that they have a quick turn-around time. If I don’t hear back from them in a month, then I’m to consider them uninterested. If that happens, sure, I’ll be a bit disappointed. But then I’ll fall back to the original plan of self-publishing the issues. Either way, Fight or Flight will be available on dead trees to those that want it.
Keep your fingers crossed!