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Seeking Comic Book Artists -- Pay, Publishing, Percentage of Profits

:iconbobbycrosby:
BobbyCrosby Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
I currently write three online comics -- one regular strip and two graphic novels -- and I'm going to start up several more graphic novels in the coming months, with the goal of launching at least two more in the next five or six weeks. Like "Marry Me" and "Last Blood," these graphic novels are all based on my movie ideas and I hope the comics will help lead to Hollywood sales.

I'm looking for various artists who will receive the following if hired . . .

* At least $10 per page, more for covers.
* As many free copies as they'd reasonably want of the published comic books.
* A significant percentage of the profits from the comics (online and in print) and also a percentage of the profits from anything the project makes outside of the comics, like movies or TV shows.

I won't reveal much at all about the stories at this point, not even the titles in some cases, since not all of them are registered with the WGA yet and because it's nice to have certain comics be spoiler free for a while, but here's the rundown . . .

* LINE OF SUCCESSION
Political action thriller set in Washington, D.C. Needs pretty realistic art, gotta draw famous landmarks and a bunch of guys in nice suits.
* PRINCESS AMAZIA
In "+EV", my poker comic, Scarlett's favorite TV show is "Princess Amazia," which, among other things, is about a young princess from another world who gets abandoned on Earth. Here's Scarlett in a Princess Amazia Halloween costume and here's some of the Princess Amazia theme song. Cartoony art style. Need to draw a lot of middle school kids.
* DREAMLESS
A very unique World War II romance set in Japan and America. Realistic art. This one might end up being an illustrated novella instead of a graphic novel, and that decision will be partly based on what kind of artists I find.
* TITLE WITHHELD (just refer to it as CGI Aliens)
A cartoony comedy involving aliens (and humans) which I hope will be a CGI-animated film.
* SERIES FINALE
A real-time story set in the future involving a trip from the Earth to the Moon and back. Dramedy, various art styles are possible.
* TITLE WITHHELD (Crazy Romantic Comedy)
Crazy romantic comedy! Open to various styles for this one too. Manga might work.
* PAINTING THE BLACK
Sports drama (baseball). Realistic art. This was the first screenplay I ever completed in early 2000.
* TETANUS SHOT
A drama involving seeing someone's entire life in an interesting way. Realistic best for this probably.

These graphic novels will run between 80 and 120 pages or so and will be set up as Monday/Wednesday/Friday comics online. I already have the domains for some of these. They are listed above in order of which ones I want to do first, but if I find a perfect artist for one of the projects lower on the list, I might start those up right away. Also, if the comics are successful, most of them could easily have sequels and continue on indefinitely.

I would greatly prefer an artist who also letters and colors, but it's not 100 percent necessary. Those who can will certainly have an advantage, though.

PUBLISHING: All of these graphic novels will be published by Blatant Comics and distributed by Diamond. We'll also be printing books along the way at times, like the 32-page "Last Blood" Free Comic Book Day issue, which received over 15,000 orders and is at the printers right now. One of the books in the above list will almost certainly be a Free Comic Book Day book for 2008. Here's the "Last Blood" FCBD cover by artist Owen Gieni.

AUDIENCE: With major links from "+EV," "Marry Me," "Last Blood," and several other sites that I have an association with, each new graphic novel is practically guaranteed to have at least 2,000 readers or so from the start. "Marry Me" is only two months old and already has about 9,000 readers.

MY WRITING: The best example of my writing right now is "Marry Me," but feel free to check out "+EV" and "Last Blood" as well. My scripts are usually very detailed, but the level of detail depends on the artist I'm working with, among other things. Here's an example of what your first script will probably be like, since it's Page 1 of "Marry Me," although I already had a good deal of trust in this artist's choices from reading his other comics --

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Page 1

Layout: Six panels, standard comic book page of three rows of two panels each, but feel free to play around with the size and shape of the panels however you'd like. And if you ever have any suggestions about the script, I'd like to hear them.

Panel 1: We see JANNY applying makeup to STASIA. Stasia sits in front of a mirror and Janny stands to her side. I suggest an angle from behind Stasia where we see her face reflected in the mirror. Your choice on what kind of makeup tools are being used here, but it should be some final touch up type stuff. If we see Janny's face, she should look a little excited. Stasia should look bored and maybe a little pouty, looking straight ahead at herself in the mirror. Stasia wears a white robe.

JANNY: WANNA HEAR SOMETHING INTERESTING?

STASIA: NO.

Panel 2: Closer shot of Stasia's face, with Janny's head also in the shot, probably seeing the side of Janny's face. Stasia's eyes are now looking up towards Janny. Stasia doesn't like where this conversation is going, wherever that is. Janny's still applying makeup.

JANNY: WELL, DID YOU SEE THAT "STATELY MANOR" WAS #1 THIS WEEKEND?

STASIA: SO?

Panel 3: Focus on Janny here, with Stasia down in the corner of the panel, looking grumpy. Janny should be holding up three fingers and looking happy (she's stopped applying makeup for the moment). Also, Janny's outfit (maternity clothes) should be distinctive in some clear way, because we're going to see it again later in the story and it should be recognizable as being the same one.

JANNY: SO THAT MEANS YOUR LAST THREE BOYFRIENDS ARE CURRENTLY STARRING IN THE #1 MOVIE IN THE COUNTRY, THE LEAD SINGER IN THE BAND WITH THE #1 ALBUM, AND LEADING THE NBA IN SCORING.

Panel 4: Close up of Stasia, looking frustrated.

STASIA: SO?

JANNY: JUST THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING.

Panel 5: Back to seeing them both. Stasia gives a derisive look and Janny looks a little confused.

STASIA: AND CHRISTIAN IS HARDLY STARRING IN "STATELY MANOR" -- HE PLAYS THE BUTLER.

JANNY: BUT THE BUTLER SAVES THE DAY, DOESN'T HE?

Panel 6: Stasia looks frustrated, not wanting to concede the point, and if we see Janny (your choice), she should be smirking.

STASIA: TECHNICALLY.
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And here's what artist Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar came up with for the page.

I'll adapt to what's needed for each artist and I provide sketches when necessary to go along with the script. The artist (s) will also get character descriptions before we start the actual pages so we can finalize their looks, and that might be part of the auditioning process as well.

If you're interested in illustrating any of these graphic novels or if you have any questions, please reply here or e-mail me at bobbyc512@gmail.com. Let me know which project (s) you're most interested in and give me examples of your art (preferably links to existing sites instead of attachments, but anything's fine). If I think you might be a good fit for something but don't have enough clear examples of your art, I may give you a sample script to draw and/or request sketches of the main characters. Thanks for your time.
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:iconjan-ilu:
Jan-ilu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Im interested I send a messege on e-mail

check my gallery please
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:icongzapata:
gzapata Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
This post is over 3 years old, not sure how these get brought back but unless the original poster returns to say he did it or is still looking,

THERE IS NO JOB

POST 3 YEARS OLD
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:icondeehopper:
DeeHopper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi. I think my art would most be suited to line of succession and dreamless. Check out my gallery here [link] and let me know
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:iconwarwanu:
WARWANU Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
interested.[link]
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:iconoptic-al:
Optic-AL Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Currently working on some online G.I.JOE books as well as other projects with Rising Sun Comics. Totally interested in taking things to the next level, please check my DA page, send me your thoughts.
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:icongzapata:
gzapata Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
this post is over 3 years old
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:iconoptic-al:
Optic-AL Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Reeeeeaaaalllly, then I'm a smidge behind on this one. Sorry, thanks anyhoo.
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:iconpolisher:
Polisher Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
hi. i am interested in your offer..please check my gallery..
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:iconarman-rillo-sr:
Arman-Rillo-Sr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
visit our Website for Sample Illustrations:

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:iconkrimlin:
KRIMLIN Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
who pulled up this ad? I didn't think that job offers that have had no attention for two years would even still appear anywhere on here...
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:iconkefka750:
Kefka750 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am interested.
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:iconbrandonjkd:
brandonjkd Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
for this opportunity i would do it. its the exsposure not so much the pay check out my deviant art page brandonjkd and tell me what you think. i am really interested in working on one of your projects. thank you for your time
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:iconyummykitty:
YummyKitty Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, this job offer is two and a half years old! Didn't you check the date?
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:iconbrandonjkd:
brandonjkd Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
actually no i did not sorry about that i dont get on here much i stay very busy saw the posting and just responded still trying to get to know all that deviant has to offer
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:iconklaatu81:
klaatu81 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hiu, I´m insterested in this offer. take a look at my gallery, and, as I have a lot of different styles, you can choose which one you think suits better with each storyline.

Hope you like what you see!
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:iconbobbycrosby:
BobbyCrosby Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
It's actually not too late, by the way, so keep those submissions coming. I may also be able to pay a little more now, depending on the project and the artist, of course. I also am almost certainly going to need a new artist for "Last Blood" (lastblood.net) because the current artist doesn't have time to work on it so much anymore, although he may at least do the flashback sequences in the second graphic novel (20-30%), while a new artist does the rest (70-80%).
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treybor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
im interested.please check my gallery..
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:iconpixarjunkie:
pixarjunkie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
that would be so much fun! to draw for you, i mean. i just saw this notice today, so i don't know how late i am. if i'm too late then sorry! i just figured it wouldn't hurt to post here. check out my stuff please?
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:icondrunkenraster:
drunkenraster Featured By Owner May 12, 2007   Interface Designer
Wow I wish I found out about this earlier. I just signed on to do a single issue comic book. It's my first time so I'm just doing it for percentage of profit if the book sells - it's for a movie promotion and I figured I'll do the work for free as long as they give me supplies - since it's my first time n' all. It's gonna take another week or so before I'm done with this job. But I keep hearing this percentage of profit thing.

My question: What's a good percentage of book sales for me if I do all the art and lettering for a b&w comic that's 20 pages long?
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:iconkingnoodles:
Kingnoodles Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
I'm very interested in this. I think your prices are reasonable enough. Please look at my gallery and drop me a note!
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:iconleash1994:
leash1994 Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Check out my gallery, preferably scraps, to see if you like my style.
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:iconaceoni:
aceoni Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I am interested!
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:iconnerv--goury:
Nerv--Goury Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Count me in. I'm very interested in this.
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:iconcrayman:
Crayman Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
i`m interested in anything cartoony or any various styles on the matter , look at my gallery and send me a message or a note.
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:iconu-gin:
u-gin Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Hey there, I sent you an e-mail about a week back...don't know if you got it though.
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:iconmangakitty:
mangaKITTY Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Hey I'm not sure if I'm what you had in mind. Send me a note if your still looking.
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:iconartofgarethjohnson:
ArtofGarethJohnson Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   General Artist
Hi please check mystuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you like? Hire ME!!!! :)
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:iconbobbycrosby:
BobbyCrosby Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Just wanting to let everyone know that I'm going to finally make some decisions and hire people very soon (within 3-4 days probably), so get your submissions in now if you're interested!
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:iconalunclewe:
AlunClewe Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Eh, what the hey; I'm late to the party and maybe all the positions have been filled by now, but in case they haven't...

I can draw in a variety of styles, although I'm most comfortable with more cartoony styles; I think I'd probably be best for the Untitled (CGI Aliens) story, though I could do any of the others as well.

For a sample of my art, you can see my webcomic, Soup, though I started the strip seven years ago and my art has improved a lot since I began, so I'd ask you judge it by the most recent strips, not the oldest ones.

I can also point to the 24-hour comic I did in 2006. Obviously, since it was a rush job written, laid out, drawn, and inked entirely in 24 hours, it's certainly not representative of my best work, but I figured it's worth pointing out for three reasons: (a) to show some samples of more science-fiction-related art (as opposed to Soup, which is fantasy), (b) to show that I can work in comic book form (as opposed to comic strip like Soup), and (c) to show that I can work quickly if I need to (though obviously I'd be spending much more time on a page for one of your comics than I did on a hurried 24-hour comic).

And if you want to see my artwork in some different styles, I've recently set up an online portfolio here (using a different pseudonym, because I enjoy using lots of different pseudonyms for some reason). I just put it up a few days ago, so it's very much still in progress and there are a lot more pictures I want to upload to it soon, but in the meantime at least it shows I can do styles other than the cartoony style of Soup.

Anyway, if you're interested, or you have any questions, let me know. I don't spend a lot of time on deviantART (in fact I registered here just to post this comment), but you can e-mail me at alun@soupcomic.com.
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:iconwagontamer:
wagontamer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
I am interested. My artistic style would probably be best suited to "Princess Amazia," but I'm willing to go for any of your mentioned titles.

Samples of my original comic "Lifeblood": [link]

Samples of "One Question," a comic I recently began to Ink/Color: [link]

I hope I have what you're looking for. Good luck with your projects.
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:iconvrm1979:
vrm1979 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
I'm interested in Princess Amazia. Take a look at my gallery and get in touch with me if you like what you see. Thanks! :)
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:iconthevikinggoddess:
TheVikingGoddess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
Sent you an email, darlin'.
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:iconsimonne:
Simonne Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Ah, well, this sounds like an interesting opportunity. I'd like to invite you to take a look at my gallery here on DA, and if it's what you're looking for, then great! Most of the comics pages I've done are for my current FFVI comic project. Hope to hear back from you.
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:iconhendraadriyasa:
HendraAdriyasa Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
im interested but for full colored art, it will cost you more than 10 dollars. way more
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:iconmokia-sinhall:
mokia-sinhall Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I wish I had more experience/practice so I could apply for this. But right now I can't draw well enough (I need to practice more men).

Anyway, just wanted to say I love "Marry Me" and can't wait to find out more about these upcoming novels!!!!
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:iconbobbycrosby:
BobbyCrosby Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Thanks!
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:iconmandosulc:
mandosULC Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
I'd definately be interested. Feel free to check out my page, or request samples from me.
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:iconsilversnakestudios:
silversnakestudios Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Hello, my name is MasterK Kim from Silver Snake Studios. I would like to help you with your project.

I only accept royalty deals from publishers or writers that I know well. I use flat rate estimates for all others. The page rate for a 32-page comic book is $550, penciled inked, colored and digitally lettered. Rates generally go down as page numbers increase. The lowest price would be $300 per page, for 160+ pages.

Please visit our website at: www.silversnakestudios.com.
You can also reach me directly at 818.517.7674 to discuss pricing.

Thanks.
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:iconwandrinfool:
wandrinfool Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Ooh, should have said I'll be happy to do samples...
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:iconwandrinfool:
wandrinfool Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
I'm interested. Have a look at my gallery and let me know what you think. Price is not a problem for me (at the moment) as I'm looking for more exposure for my work.
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:iconkayzig:
Kayzig Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I've obviously seen the ad for artists if I'm here; and I'm either interested or overly hopeful in a situation where I am terribly out-classed to be posting here. I think my only problem is that much of my work is either too dark or too cartoony, but as a writer, you probably know what you want, right? Most of this was done in Adobe Photoshop 7 with a WACOM tablet (the colored stuff).

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I would have said to just explore my art account, but some of it is...well...rather old. I'm certainly no professional, as is evident in plenty of anatomical flaws and rather amatuer shading in some of my work, so I hope I'm not just wasting your time.
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inuchan143 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007   Filmographer
Saw your ad and I'm interested. Not sure which story I would like to work with since there's so many :D lol But you can look at my artwork on my DA page and see if my style will fit with one of your stories. "Princess Amazia", "Dreamless", and the romantic comedy one seems interesting and maybe fits more with my style or choice of subject I like to draw (which is people :P lol) But you be the judge. :) Good luck with your search for artists! XD
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:iconchirart:
chirart Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! I am interested in these projects. I am currently working on my own webcomic in collaboration with my friend, Alex Singer, which you can see here: [link] . You may notice the updates fluctuate greatly, it is because I've been doing this as a hobby and not as a job, and as such life tends to come first. However, updates should be more smooth as I have decided to tackle the comic artist occupation more seriously.

My style is mostly classified as anime (with a touch of disney, I hear people say), though overall it's a very cartoony. I'd probably be best suited for the "PRINCESS AMAZIA" project or "TITLE WITHHELD (Crazy Romantic Comedy)". I can be flexible in the range of what kind of cartoon-look you would like, examples of style experimentation can be seen here:
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I can do my own coloring--I work at my best digitally and with use in Painter programs, however I am still learning how improve in this extensively. Examples can be seen in these links (the last four links are colored pages from a manga called BLEACH done about 2 years ago, and are not my artwork):
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I'm sorry for the extensive linking in this pseudo resume :D; If you like to explore more of my artwork, feel free to explore my DA gallery or my journal (under the art tag). My email for further contact is chirachira@gmail.com, if interested.

(Just a note (if you think I'm suited, of course): I'll be moving, among other things, from this weekend to the beginning of May. Thus, earliest I'll be able to provide work is in the frist week of May.)
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starflower135 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am interested in inking, if you need an inker. Here are some linearts [link] [link] and many others that you can find on my shoutboard here [link]
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hereticMag Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Hey, i've emailed you
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:iconkitschfactor:
kitschfactor Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
I can color and do lettering. I work on my own comic strip, and can also do comic book sized stuff:

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Take a look at the rest of my gallery and scraps if you like. Let me know what you think.
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Raven-Silver-Dagger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
I have experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, I letter and color in request,I have a preview of my own comic ( unpublished) only 10 pages of the 20( if you want to see the entire comic, all you have to do is ask), all done traditionally, in b/w, though it's anthro/fantasy i do other works, I would be glad to sketch out a script that you would provide, I can adapt my style to fit any kind of comics and am extremely detailed when it comes to the picture being other than b/w. Feel free to visit my gallery --->www.raven-silver-dagger.deviantart.com and/ or note me here in DA, you can also reach me at littletexas06@hotmail.com

I am also interested in character concepts and the like, I would agree to the price you're offering, seeing as that can build up. Thanks and I will be awaiting a reply either way.
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RabidChinaGirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've got some ways to go in my art as well, but I've been dwelling on the idea of a webcomic for a while now. Have to say, I'm okay with the idea of drawing and all that by hand, inking, etc... but computers scare me.
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Alecat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist
Well, I was really keen to do some stuff for you before, and I still am. But I'm gonna hold off for now because I've still got a ways to go artwise, I think.

At least you've got a keen fan :D
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MagicalMelonBall Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Count me in. I'm very interested in this. With a baby on the way, I need something to bring income into the home besides my husband.
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