Do you need a list of independent comic book publishers?
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We’ve featured 17 of the best independent comic book publishers below.
Continue reading to learn about who they are.
Aftershock Comics is an independent comic book publishing company based out of Sherman Oaks, California that was founded recently in 2015. They publish a multitude of engaging and truly beautiful comics for their readers, utilizing an online platform to reach readers around the world. Aftershock Comics is responsible for producing series like A Walk Through Hell by Garth Ennis, American Monster by Brian Azzarello, and Animosity by Marguerite Bennett.
They are currently not accepting submissions from writers, but strongly encourage you to check back at a later date. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines. They are, however, looking for pencillers and colorists to help with other projects that they’re currently working on. If you’re an artist who’s interested in submitting their work, you can do so via email.
Based out of Cupertino, California, Alternative Comics is an independent graphic novel and comic publisher that has partnerships with companies like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Rakuten that help their authors with distribution and promotion. Some series that Alternative Comics has published include 23 Skidoo by Al Columbia, Fantastic Butterflies by James Kochalka, and At the Shore by Jim Campbell.
They are currently not accepting submissions from writers at this time, but they do recommend that you check back at a later date to see if this status changes. Due to a high volume of submissions, they are unfortunately too busy to take on new projects at this time. For more information, you can review their about page. For general inquiries, you can contact them via their online contact form.
3. Amulet Books
Amulet Books is an imprint of Abrams that focuses on publishing graphic novels and novels for young adults and middle-grade readers. Some of their titles include “A Fire Story" by Brian Fies, “Tumult" by John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy, and “The Bridge" by Peter J. Tomasi.
Due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, Amulet Books unfortunately does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, if you are a writer with literary representation, you can have your literary agent submit a book proposal or query letter on your behalf. This way, you’ll have a better chance of being considered by Amulet Books’ editorial team. For more information, you can refer to their submissions guidelines.
Founded in 1984 in San Antonio, Texas, Antarctic Press is a major name in the comic book publishing industry. With nearly 1500 titles in their catalogue, Antarctic Press has a readership that can be found all over the globe. They’ve produced comic series like 8-Bit Zombie by Fred Perry and David Hutchison, Adventure Finders by Rod Espinosa, and Airboy by Chuck Dixon, Gianluca Piredda, and Ben Dunn.
They are currently accepting comic and graphic novel submissions via regular mail. Due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, they ask that you be patient when waiting for a response from their editorial team. They strongly suggest that you review their submission guidelines before proceeding. If you’re an artist looking to submit, they ask that you provide a complete issue of your work, which is ideally between 22-30 pages in length. Be sure not to send any original work, as you will not receive them back.
Archaia was established in 2002 as an imprint of the comic and graphic novel publishing company BOOM! Studios. Archaia has produced several award-winning and best-selling graphic novels. Some titles that they’ve published include series like Abbott by Saladin Ahmed, Adventure Time by Christ Hastings and Zack Sterling, and Lucas Stand by Daryl Gregory.
They are currently accepting submissions via their electronic submission form. Be sure to provide your contact information, indicate whether your project is a graphic novel or a comic book series, and attach electronic copies of your artwork and treatment. Due to the high volume of submissions that they receive, they ask that you allow up to 90 days to hear back. If they’re interested in your project, a member of their editorial team should reach out to you promptly.
Black Panel Press is a Canadian independent comic book and graphic novel publisher based out of Toronto, Ontario that was recently established in 2017. Black Panel Press prides itself on their ability to produce highly engaging and beautiful graphic novels that tell compelling stories through a visual medium. Some titles that they’ve produced include “The Corsair" by Vincent Pompetti and “Jeanne & Modigliani: Paris in the dark" by Nadine Van Der Straeten.
As a new contender in the publishing industry, Black Panel Press is actively seeking new projects and talented authors to work with. If you’re interested in working with the team at Black Panel Press, you can send them a query letter or book proposal via email. Be sure to include your contact information, a brief summary of your project, as well as a copy sample of your work. If they’re interested in your project, they should reach out to you promptly to discuss the next steps you’ll need to take.
Founded in 2008, Craigmore Creations is an independent publishing company based out of Portland, Oregon that publishes graphic novels, children’s picture books, and young adult novels. They’ve published graphic novels like the Terra Tempo series by David R. Shapiro and “Eliza’s Journal" by Caelyn AB Williams. They are unfortunately closed to submissions at this time, as they have several projects and authors that they are currently working with. They strongly encourage you to revisit them at a later date to see if submissions have reopened. For general inquiries or other information, feel free to contact them via their online contact form.
Based in Matawan, New Jersey, Echoic Mobile Press is an independent publishing company that’s runs entirely online. Thoroughly adapting to the age of technology and media, Echoic Mobile Press is a hybrid company that combines comic and graphic novel publishing with interactive software design –producing text-based stories that have a widespread reach around the world. They produce ebooks, interactive maps, and choose-your-own-adventure type stories for their userbase. They are actively seeking submissions for new and creatively told stories. You can use their online submission form to propose new ideas or completed stories.
Based out of Seattle, Washington, Fantagraphics is an independent publishing company that is well-known in the comic publishing industry, alongside companies like Marvel and DC. They’ve worked with renowned brands like Disney, Peanuts and Love and Rockets. They’ve published graphic novels like “Empress Cixtsis" by Anne Simon, “Press Enter to Continue" by Ana Galvan, and “Tonta" by Jaime Hernandez.
They are currently accepting submissions from writers for comics and graphic novels. They ask that you review their current catalogue to make sure that your project will be a good fit for the company. They unfortunately do not provide illustrators to pair up with writers, and note that they will only consider work that’s independently-created and immediately publishable. You can submit a copy of your project via regular mail, as they do not accept electronic submissions. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines to determine what you’ll need to send.
Garrett County Press is an independent publishing company based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. They publish a variety of different fiction and nonfiction books, spanning many different genres. They even produce educational and creative graphic novels. Some of their titles include “Best of Temp Slave!" by Jeff Kelly and “In the Weeds" by Daniel Browne.
If you’re interested in working with this publishing house and have literary representation, you can have your agent submit a book proposal or query letter on your behalf. For general inquiries, you can contact the team at Garrett County Press Publishing through their online contact form.
11. Groundwood Books
Groundwood Books is a Canadian independent publishing company based out of Toronto Ontario. They primarily publish children’s books, and have been known to publish comics and graphic novels that speak about potentially difficult subject matter to promote open discourse and understanding. Some of their titles include “Almost Invisible" by Maureen Garvie, “Buddy and Earl Meet the Neighbors" by Maureen Fergus, and “Africville" by Shauntay Grant.
If you’re interested in working with Groundwood Books, feel free to review their submission guidelines before sending in your work for consideration. They are actively seeking illustrators to assist in their current project, and are also not shy about taking in new material or discussing book proposals. If you have literary representation, you can also have your agent submit query letter on your behalf. Since they receive a substantial amount of submissions on a regular basis, having an agent reach out may be the best way to get in contact with Groundwood Books’ editorial team.
12. Hermes Press
Hermes Press is an independent comic publishing company that’s located in New Castle, Pennsylvania. They’re especially interested in producing graphic novels and comics with science fiction and popular culture themes. Some of their most recent titles include “Mother Goth Rhymes" by Kaz Windness, “Slaves for Gods" by Jason Godi, Dylan Silvers, and Ryan Hartsell, and the Tails series by Ethan Young.
They do not accept unsolicited submissions. If you’re a writer with literary representation, it’s highly advised that you have your literary agent submit a book proposal or query letter on your behalf to the Hermes Press editorial team. If they’re interested in your project, they’ll be sure to reach out to your promptly to discuss how to proceed.
Operating out of Long Beach, California, Heroic Publishing is an independent comic book publisher that’s been producing comic titles for nearly 25 years. They love to work with writers and illustrators with unique perspectives and daring new stories to tell. Heroic Publishing also utilizes an online platform to produce webcomics, which is capable of reaching a much wider audience than titles only published in print. Some of their recent publication projects include the Anthem series by Roy Thomas and Benito Gallego, Black Enchantress by Dannis Mallonee and Gordon Purcell, and Liberty Girl by Richard Martin and Henry Martinez.
They are unfortunately closed to unsolicited submissions at this time, but encourage you to check back at a later date.
14. Last Gasp
Last Gasp is a comic and graphic novel publishing company that first got its start in 1970. Based out of San Francisco, California, Last Gasp publishes up to 20 new titles every year. The love to work with writers and illustrators who explore interesting topics which most publishers may shy away from. Some of their titles include “Rent Girl" by Michelle Tea, the Barefoot Gen series by Keiji Nakazawa, and “Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?" by Warren Hinckle.
Last Gasp unfortunately does not accept unsolicited submissions. However, if you’re a writer with literary representation, it’s a worth a shot to have your agent submit a query letter on your behalf. For all other inquiries, you can use their website’s online contact form.
15. Legacy Rising
Based out of Pinkerington, Ohio, Legacy Rising is a comic book publisher that produces works for all ages. They utilize both print and digital platforms to help their authors reach a wider audience. Series that they’ve produced include Knight & Daye by Jacob Newell and Victor Dandridge, Vigilance by Valdeic Nogueira and Micah Cox, and The Legend of Azure by Mason Easly.
If you’re interested in working with Legacy Rising, you can send them a query letter via their website’s online contact form. Be sure to provide your contact information and a brief summary of your project. If they’re interested, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you. If you’re an author with literary representation, you can have your literary agent send a query letter on your behalf, as well.
Founded in 2013, Rosarium Publishing is a new publishing company that specializes in producing works of speculative fiction, comics, and books of crime fiction. Based out of Greenbelt, Maryland, Rosarium Publishing has produced graphic novels like “The Hookah Girl" by Marguerite Davaie and comic book series like The Little Red Fish by James Moffitt and Bizhan Khodabandeh, Manicore by Keith Miller and Ian Gabriel, and Echo Gear by Vincent Sammy.
If you’re interested in working with Rosarium Publishing, you can contact them via regular mail or through their website’s online contact form. Similarly, if you’re a writer with a literary representative, you can have your agent send a query letter on your behalf to see if they’re interested in your project. If your work piques their interest, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you.
17. Sloth Comics
Sloth Comics is a British comic book publishing company based out of Oxford, England that was founded in 2010. They publish a wide variety of comics, mostly intended for younger audiences. They’ve produced series like Ash: Academy of Super Heroes by Loran and Young Talented… Exploited by Yatuu. The are currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts, but encourage you to check back at a later date when this status may change. For general inquiries, you can still contact the team at Sloth Comics via email.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.