Here at Killeroo HQ we’re pleased to announce that submissions are now open (for both WRITERS and ARTISTS) for the new Killeroo book, the GANGWARS anthology.
WHAT IS IT?
The GANGWARS anthology will be an annual 120-page volume of collected Killeroo stories, set during the late 1970s and early 80s in outback Australia, when Killeroo (Rufus) was the leader of a motorcycle gang roaming the outback. His gang will be one of many operating in Australia however, which leads to many confrontations, battles and alliances between them. An extended cast of characters have been developed (good, bad and somewhere in-between), with their own motivations and ambitions to fully explore this period of time, and the changing landscape they will create.
There are a lot of stories to tell, and we’re going to need your help to do it! It’s your chance to get your work published in a major Australian comic book, get some exposure, and $50 bucks for your troubles!
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AS A WRITER?
In order to keep stories consistent, a collection of rough plots have been developed, from which writers can choose one to expand and write a script from. These plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively if you have an idea for a story that would fit within these parameters, you are welcome to pitch it, and the editorial staff will determine if it will fit within the overall framework.
Initial submissions should comprise of a half-page story synopsis and the first page fully scripted.
These will be reviewed and successful applicants will receive the go-ahead to script the entire story, and a work-for-hire contract with a deadline negotiated with each writer individually, to maximise quality and ensure delivery. Upon delivery (emailed in the form of Word or PDF document) you will be paid $50 in total for your work, as well as a complimentary copy of the finished book (with a profile in the back).
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AS AN ARTIST?
The Guidelines for Artists downloadable PDF below contains a sample one-page script, as well as illustrations of the characters featured in it. You will need to draw this sequential page in the format that you’re most comfortable with, either pencils or inks. You are not required to letter it. Send us a hi-res scan of this page (camera photos will not be accepted) to the submissions email below. You can also include links to other sequential works completed if you wish, but please do not email any additional artwork than the sample page.
Successful applicants will be given a work-for-hire contract to sign.
Once a script has been completed (either developed internally or from an external writer-for-hire) it will be assigned to each successful artist on a best-fit basis, determined by the editorial staff. Once assigned, a deadline will be negotiated with each artist individually, to maximise quality but also ensure delivery. Upon delivery of the work you will be paid $50 in total, as well as a complimentary copy of the finished book (with a profile in the back).
NOTE: It is preferable for artists to ink their own work, but if you feel your primary strength is pencilling, an inker may be sourced separately to complete the work.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF EACH STORY?
Each story shall be a minimum of 6 pages, with a maximum of 12, depending on story complexity. In rare circumstances this MAY be extended to 16 pages, but only with good reason and approval from editorial staff.
WHAT IF I WANT TO WORK WITH A PARTICULAR WRITER/ARTIST WHO IS ALSO SUBMITTING?
Assuming both writer and artist are successful in their applications, we will endeavour to work with these kinds of requests, as long as we determine these to be the best fit for the particular story.
WHO IS THE EDITORIAL STAFF?
The primary editor for this project is Ryan Wilton, who came up with the idea for the project in the first place. He will also be the main writing submissions editor as well. The secondary Editor (and artists submissions editor) is Killeroo creator Darren Close, and it is likely we will look to some additional editorial input from other professionals before publication.
WILL I GET PAID FOR MY WORK?
As detailed above, successful applicants will be given a work-for-hire contract to sign, and paid (upon completion) a nominal amount of $50 for their work. This renumeration is obviously not a significant amount of money, due primarily to the large expense that will be outlaid for the production of this 120-page book, as well as it’s printing and distribution costs. It’s a token payment we know, and not meant to be commensurate to the work involved, but we figure it’s better than working for free.
Successful applicants will also receive one complimentary copy of the finished book their work is printed in, and a discount rate to purchase additional copies. Additionally, each writer and artist will have a short profile in the book and option for their website URL too.
WILL I RETAIN ANY COPYRIGHT TO THIS WORK, OR CHARACTERS I MIGHT CREATE IN PRODUCING THIS WORK?
This is an important question. The answer is NO, all works completed will be on a WORK-FOR-HIRE basis, and as such become the property of Ozone Studios and Darren Close. If this is something that bothers you, we strongly advise you not to submit to this book.
WHERE CAN I GET SOME MORE INFORMATION?
Glad you asked! Here are a few downloads (PDF format) that should answer any other questions you might have:
HOW DO I MAKE A SUBMISSION?
We have setup a special email address for all GANGWARS Anthology submissions, and that is firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers, please submit your works as either Microsoft Word or PDF formats
Artists, please submit your sample pages as 300dpi jpegs in RGB format.
NOTE: submissions not following the guidelines will NOT be reviewed. Please study the guidelines carefully before submitting.
So there you have it – your chance to work on a Killeroo story, get published and get $50 in the process!
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
– Darren Close