Rambling Words – The Newsletter!

Introducing – Rambling Words The Newsletter!

As you may have noticed (if I have set it up correctly) when you logged into the Rambling Words site, you got a pop-up asking you to sign up to the brand spanking new Rambling Words newsletter, written by yours truly!

I would really appreciate if you would consider signing up. The newsletter will be a fortnightly update of news, updates on my current projects, preview art, reviews, links and anything else pop-culture related that has caught my eye.

The first newsletter will be out shortly (when I have ironed out some of the kinks in my understanding of how these things work). If you don’t like the newsletter, it is easy to unsubscribe (or better yet, just delete it when it arrives), or you can email me on travisstunt@travisstunt.com and tell me my newsletter stinks and how I can improve it. Hopefully none of that will be necessary, but it is good to have all bases covered!

Hope to see most, if not all, of you on the subscriber list shortly!

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Shameless self promotion: Fractured Scary Tales

Time for some shameless self promotion (if that isn’t what a blog is for, I don’t know what is!).

My short ‘Undead Poet’s Society’ is about to land! Issue two of ‘Fractured Scary Tales’ from Scary Tales Publishing will feature my print debut. Art is by Jeff Sadzinski (Jeff Sadzinski Deviantart link).

Fractured Scary Tales features 40 pages of horror parodies of famous movies by various artists and writers created by publisher (and horror movie producer) Kevin M. Glover. Fractured Scary Tales is on the website now (Fractured Scary Tales) and will be available in print soon for only $US10.

Previews of the other stories can be found on the Fractured Scary Tales website, but here is page one of ‘Undead Poet’s Society’ for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to order your copy today.

Undead Poets Society Pg 001

Writing CV

I added a writing C.V. to the left hand menu on the main page of this blog. It will make it easier for any potential collaborators to quickly see what I have in production or currently available.

Unfortunately, a the time of writing, it is all still in production, so I can’t show any of the artwork I have seen at this time. For now, you’ll just have to take my word – what I have seen looks awesome. Very awesome indeed.

More exciting news!

I’m not sure how much I can give away at the moment, but I’m so excited, I have to tell something, cryptic as it will be …

I submitted an eight page short to a major, small press publisher in the UK. Not expecting much, I sort of forgot about it. About two weeks ago, I received an email from the editor saying the story had been accepted (no edits required, first piece submitted!). It was placed in the accepted pile, awaiting an artist and official commission.

I did some research, trying to work out the possible turn around time for an artist to get assigned. I sent a message to another writer who I know also has had stuff published by this publisher, and he said it could take a long time, and suggested I attempt to find my own artist.

This was a bit disappointing. I had no artist contacts and really didn’t know where to start. I figured a message board like Reddit would be as good as any, so I popped a post on, asking for an artist who would be willing to work on the story – unpaid. Not expecting much, I was utterly floored by the response.

The artist I ended up choosing has been published by one of the ‘big three’ comic publishing companies and is an absolutely fantastic artist. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with an artist of this calibre and experience.

The publisher accepted the artist for the script (no real surprise there!) and received official confirmation that the story would appear in print sometime in 2017 (as previous issues were already pretty full). There is a possibility it may come in 2016, but 2017 is looking most likely at this stage.

Can’t wait – it may be a while off, but this is the biggest break I have had so far, so it is still massive news for me!

Time to get writing again

My writing output has severely dropped off lately, mainly because of **lame excuses**. I think it has been at least two weeks since I actually wrote even a single page. This is simply not good enough. I need to write, and I need to write EVERY DAY if I am going to improve.

Being a shift working and having two young children will make it hard, but excuses aren’t going to cut it. It is time to get serious, time to put my fingers on the keys and pump out a story, ten stories, whatever … as long as I am writing.

I was flicking through Facebook (another reason I don’t get done what I need to get done – but, unfortunately, a necessity for networking these days) when I came across the following post from Erik Larsen:

Erik’s post (which is linked here ):

My best advice to anybody who wants to break into comics is to produce comics. Just start cranking them out. Put them up online.

If you’re “just a writer” then write a handful of imaginary books, month after month. Create characters–or just pretend to write the fucking X-Men. Write full scripts. Post one every Monday. Get cranking. Get in motion.

If you’re an artist–improvise. But crank them out!

A big part of it is simply figuring out “can I do this?” So–try. Do you have that many great ideas? Show me. And by “show me” I mean “DON’T show ME.” I mean show yourself–prove it to yourself.

It doesn’t matter if anybody sees them. Post them in Facebook if you must. Post them elsewhere. Start a blog. It’s not even about getting seen–it’s about getting that rhythm. It’s an exercise to see if you can do it.

We all have to work through the bad shit to get to the good shit. There are kinks to be worked out and it won’t happen watching TV.

I wrote and drew almost 70 full comics, many as long as 100 pages, before anything saw print. When I broke in I was already a vet. It just helped.

Every comic I’ve ever done starts with me saying, “how the hell am I going to DO this? It’s impossible!” That feeling never goes away. You just have to do it.

With these inspiring words for a writer I have much respect for, I will try publish here an ongoing story. I will add four pages a week (not a great deal, but enough to get me started). It will be titled: The Incompetents. It’s an idea that has been floating around my brain for a while. The first four pages will go up later today. They next four will be published on Friday (18 September 2015), and then every Friday until the story is told. I have no real story plan for this yet, so I’m not locked into anything – I can let the story flow however it wants.

If I can work out how to do it, I’ll make a link on the front page of this blog to go directly to the story.

Even just writing this post has made me excited to get working …

MONSTERS! Update

I have finished the synopsis for the Monsters! story I have been working on. The original plan for for a single issue of 22 pages, but that has changed. It will now consist of three issues of 22 pages each. The storyline evolved in a way I didn’t foresee, with some twists and turns that weren’t originally anticipated. So, the single issue story is now a mini.

Not sure if the Kickstarter campaign is the best option at the moment. My writing time is extremely limited. I have another important project I am working on with a very talented artist, and I really need to spend some time working on it. As such, I don’t think I could devote enough of my time to promoting a kickstarter campaign to the extent required.

The other option is to directly submit the completed synopsis and issue one to a company like Dark Horse. That way, if accepted (which, in reality, would be a very, very small chance) it could be properly edited, and a professional artist I wouldn’t need to pay could be found. But, from my understanding, Dark Horse would be very unlikely to take on an unheard of writer for a miniseries.

Hmm, decisions.

Comic Book Companies Accepting Writing Submissions

Updated: 22nd December 2015

Below is the start of a list I have been putting together of comic book companies that accept writing submissions. I know I spend a lot of time going through websites to try and work out who accepts writing submissions and who doesn’t, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that does.

So, for ease of reference, I will list all the ones I know of here with a link to the submission page. If you know of any others, please leave a message in the comments and I will add it to the list. The same applies if you are putting together an anthology and wish to have it listed here.

Antithesis Comics
www.antithesiscomics.wordpress.com
Shortly accepting submissions from writers and artists. Accepting submissions from writers and artists, though would prefer established teams.

Dark Horse Comics:
http://www.darkhorse.com/Company/Submissions/#writers

Dark Horse accept all types of submissions – ongoing series, minis, shorts. Required to format script to certain specifications which can be located via the above link. Only accept postal submissions.

Future Quake Press:
http://www.futurequake.co.uk/submissions.php

Future Quake is an English comic of a similar type to 2000AD. They prefer short stories, usually with a twist at the end. They will pair writers with artists, which is a plus. They also accept email submissions.

Image Comics:
https://imagecomics.com/about/submissions

Image only accept creator owned material submissions which have a full team already assembled.

2000AD:
http://www.2000adonline.com/submissions

2000AD accept submissions for four page, sci-fi/fantasy/horror stories with a twist ending for their ‘Future Shocks’ section of 2000AD Magazine. They only accept submissions via mail – I submitted in March 2014 and still have not heard anything back (it is now May 2015).

Oni Press:
http://onipress.tumblr.com/post/117029040489/oni-press-open-submissions-guidelines-on-may

Accepting writing submissions from 1st May 2015 until 30th June 2015. Scroll about halfway down the page for what they are looking for in a writing submission.

Dark Oz:
http://www.darkoz.com.au/submissions.html

Dark Oz is an Australian based company which publishes ‘Decay’, a horror comic. They accept submissions from writers via email. They are looking for short (between two and eight pages, though the shorter the better) horror stories.

Dark Oz are also desperately in need of artists. If you are an artist looking for exposure and something to put in your portfolio, I recommend you give Darren an email. It would be well worth the effort.

Dynamite Comics:
http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/editor.htm

Dynamite Comics accept via an initial letter of inquiry detailing your writing experience and the reasons you would like to work for them.

Antarctic Press:
http://www.antarctic-press.com/html/version_01/submissions.php

Antarctic Press require a one to four page synopsis/treatment plus a one page overview. They are not particularly interested in ongoing titles, and would prefer mini-series and shorts. Submissions can be made via mail or email.

Kodiak Comics:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kodiak-Comics/891826324189543?fref=ts

A brand new company looking for all types of creators – but are in most need of artists. If you are interested, contact them via their Facebook page for further details.

Time Bomb Comics:
http://timebombcomics.com/submissions.html

Time Bomb Comics are a UK publisher who accept submissions from writers. They want five page completed stories – no more. After this, they will consider further and/or longer submissions.

Viper Comics:
http://vipercomics.com/contact/submissions/?hc_location=ufi

Viper Comics accept submissions from writers. They require a 3 – 5 page sample of a script you have worked on in PDF format, as well as a 55 – 60 word synopsis of the writing sample you are submitting. Submissions can be made via email.

WP Comics:
http://www.wpcomicsltd.com/#!about1/c1u40

WP Comics are accepting submissions from writers. They are only accepting 22 page single issue submissions for publication. Submissions can be made by email and the website states they will notify the writer within 1 – 3 days if the script will be published (which is pretty awesome).

Valiant Entertainment:
http://valiantuniverse.com/about-us/

Valiant Entertainment are currently accepting submissions from writers and artists. They have provided an email address for writers and artists to submit portfolios and previously published work. No further details are provided.

Committed Comics:
http://www.committedcomics.com/submission.htm

Committed Comics are accepting five page shorts from writers. They must be self contained stories and not part of a larger work.

Markosia:
http://www.committedcomics.com/submission.htm

Accepting 22 page scripts. They will accept more than one script so that you can showcase your abilities. Markosia only accept submissions via email.