Have you just completed a comic book and are looking for a publishing house that might publish your work?
If so, take a look at the following 19 top comic book publishers that accept submissions across the United States, Canada and the UK.
If you’re looking to collaborate with one of the biggest comic book publishers in the US, Dark Horse Comics is just the right platform for you! Established in 1986 by Mark Richardson, this Oregon based platform has published award-winning titles like ‘The Mask’, ‘Trekker’, ‘Vampire Slayer’ and ‘The American’. Dark Horse also has several subsidiary companies like ‘Legend’, ‘Dark Horse Manga’, ‘Maverick’, ‘DH Press’, ‘M Press’ and Dark Horse Deluxe. As of now, the company is accepting unsolicited art samples, and story/series if you have a team of writers working with you. Since there aren’t any specific guidelines about genres or styles, you can always send in your work, as long, as it’s a comic book. Dark Horse Comics can be reached out on this page.
2. Mad Magazine
A subsidiary of DC Entertainment, Mad Magazine is yet another excellent platform for your upcoming comic book series. The company was founded almost six decades back by editor-publisher duo, Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines to disseminate quality humour comics; and almost sixty years down the line, they are still going strong. As of now, the company has already published more than 550 regular issues, and almost all of them have been lauded for their quality content. Since Mad is currently accepting new submissions, you can always reach out to them with your original works. However, before getting in touch with them, do ensure that your work entirely focuses on humour or satire. Mad Magazine can be reached out on this page.
3. Image Comics
Image Comics came to inception almost two and a half decades back, when a team of talented artists decided to switch paths and come up with a publishing house of their own. Formerly working for DC, illustrators Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld and Jim Valentino were the masterminds behind this company. The defining aspect of this publishing house lied in their emphasis on keeping the profits from ‘creator-owned properties’, and much to everyone’s dismay, this strategy worked for them. Over the next couple of years, ‘Image Comics’ ranked up as one of the leading comic book agencies in the US and people loved them for their series like ‘Youngblood’, ‘Spawn’ and ‘Witchblade’. As of now, Image Comics has still managed to live up to their reputation, and luckily enough, they are also accepting submissions. So if you’re an artist or a comic-book writer who’s looking to gain some solid momentum in your career, reach out to Image Comics on this page.
Are you looking to work with one of the biggest character-based comic book publishers in the US? If your answer is yes, Valiant Entertainment is exactly the platform you need! With around 81 million sold issues and a comic book library of more than 2000 characters, Valiant has managed to be one of the most successful publishers in the entire comic book medium. The publishing house has created characters like the X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, and are constantly lauded for the quirkiness of their contents. While Valiant Entertainment doesn’t have any specific submissions policy, they are currently accepting portfolios from both authors and artists. You can contact Valiant Entertainment on this page.
5. 2000 AD
If you’re fond of penning down science-fiction oriented comics, 2000 AD can be your go-to option! Based in Britain, this publishing house first came to inception when it collaborated with IPC magazines. And guess what? With its gripping tales and quirky art, they’ve managed to retain their reputation for more than three and a half decades. 2000 AD is best known for its Judge Dredd stories and for featuring internationally acclaimed writers like Alan Moore, Mike McMahon, Dave Gibbons and Grant Morrison. As of now, they are accepting submissions for their sci-fi and horror series. So if you have something similar in mind, contact them on this page right away.
As evident from their name, Committed Comics are entirely committed to publish and collaborate with artists and comic book enthusiasts. Based in Redmond, WA. With an experience of almost two decades, the company has already managed to create a solid base with its ‘Niba’, ‘Java’ and ‘Jack Rabbit’ series. Unlike many other comic book publishing companies, Committed Comics follows an open submissions policy and can be reached out throughout the year. However, in order to qualify for their submissions, your work needs to be striking both in terms of originality as well as content. So, if you think your comic book titles can make the cut, reach out to Committed Comics on this page.
Co-founded by Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz and Steve Niles, Black Mask Studios is and American publishing house that offers a creative pipeline to quirky, transgressive art. Series like Ballistic, Calexit and Kim & Kim come from their magazine, and people love them for their novel approach to mainstream comics. Black Mask has collaborated with several national and internationally lauded authors, and they are always on the lookout for fresh, new talent. So, if you’re confident about your series making the cut, contact Black Mask Studios on this page.
Established by Emma Hayley and Sam Humphrey, SelfMade Hero is your ultimate option for publishing ground-breaking graphic novels. The company has already collaborated with internationally acclaimed authors, and they take immense pride in their humorous and satirical contents. Like any other humour centric comic book publisher, SelfMade Hero emphasizes on narratives that are bold, provocative and entertaining. So, if you’ve written something on a similar note, reach out to them on this page.
If you’re looking to collaborate with the biggest alternative comics publisher of Chicago, Iron Circus Press is your answer. Owned and managed by C. Trotman, the company was established around 11 years back to represent and disseminate unique narrative voices that were previously unheard of. ‘Meal’, ‘Crossplay’, ‘Girl With Slingshots’ are only a few among the hundreds of best-selling titles that they’ve come up with. As of now, the company is actively seeking new submissions. So, if you’re looking to join their creative bandwagon, feel free to reach out to them on this page.
10. NorthWest Press
Are you fond of writing LGBT graphic novels? In case you do, NorthWest Press is exactly where you need to head. Focusing on LGBT and Transgender issues, this Washington-based publishing house was established by activist Charles ‘Zan’ Christensen. Since its very inception the company was dedicated to publishing, quality queer titles that strikes the perfect chord, and almost a decade down the line, they seem to be very successful in achieving their goal. NorthWest Press has received several awards for their outstanding contribution in queer literature, and you can always send in your unique queer art or narrative to them. The publishing house can be reached out on this page.
Drawn & Quarterly is perhaps one of the best Canadian platforms for your comics and graphic novels. Based in Montreal, this company was established in 1989 by editor-publisher Chris Oliveros. Over the time, his efforts paid off, and D + Q it evolved as a globally renowned publishing platform from a single-issue magazine. Since the last three decades, the company has collaborated with internationally acclaimed authors like Tove Jansson, Tom Gauld, Shigeru Mizuki, Astrid Lingren and the audience have always lauded them for their quality content. Even today, Drawn & Quarterly operates from two different storefronts in Montreal, the very same place from where they began their beautiful journey. As of now, the company is open for submissions. So, if you’re looking to collaborate with them, feel free to reach out on this page.
Established by Tony and Carol Bennett, Knockabout Comics comes with a history that dates back, to four long decades. During its early years, the company was known as Hassle Free Press, and it was incredibly popular for its titles like ‘The Fabulous Fury of Freak Brothers’, ‘My Troubles with women’ and ‘Freddy’s Cat’. Within the next couple of years, the company picked up some more momentum, and by 1980, ‘Knockabout Press’ was a household name in the UK. Right now, the company is accepting submissions from both experienced and unpublished authors. So, if you have some of your best works to share, contact them on this page right away!
13. Nobrow Press
Nobrow came to inception only eight years back, when two friends, Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro collaborated to come up with a creative platform of their own. Luckily enough, their venture turned out to be staggeringly successful, and right now, Nobrow is known for their ground-breaking narratives, beautiful art and exceptional designs. Since the company offers opportunity for both newbies and experienced individuals, you can always count on them for consistent representation. As of now, the publishing house is accepting new submissions and they can be reached out on this page.
Established by publisher Terry Nantier in 1976, NBM Graphic Novels was one of the oldest connoisseurs of graphic novels in the US. Formerly known as Flying Buttress Publications, this publishing agency was much ahead of its time. And although it didn’t gain much popularity in the beginning, the agency soon took off with series like the Mercenary and Corto Maltese. Over time, it also managed to develop an excellent reputation for its classic reprints. Despite being an established agency, NBM Graphic Novels follows an open submissions policy. So if you have some of your best works to share, contact them on this page right away!
15. One Peace Books
Founded in 2006, One Peace Books is a platform that is solely dedicated to translating, publishing, and marketing Japanese titles. Unlike many leading platforms, One Peace curates and tailors the Japanese titles for the North American audience. The platform is driven by the goal of reaching out to an interconnected audience, and over the last eight years they’ve been successfully living up to their mission. As of now, One Peace is accepting unsolicited submissions. So, if you have a graphic novel or a comic strip to share, contact them on this page for more details.
Soaring Penguin Press was established around two decades back to publish ‘Meanwhile’, a comics anthology series featuring both renowned comic creators as well as new talent. With only four issues making the rounds, they’ve had their tough times in the beginning. But within the next couple of years, this publishing house successfully built a reputation for themselves by publishing titles like Space Babe 113, The Warren Fanzine and From The Tomb. People started appreciating them for their unique contents, and established authors too wanted to collaborate with them. Right now, Soaring Penguin is a household name in the comic book fraternity and as of now, they are accepting new submissions. So in case you’re looking to get your works featured by a reputed agency like theirs, feel free to contact them on this page.
17. Alterna Comics
If you are looking to get your character-driven comic published by a leading comic book publisher, Alterna Comics is your answer! Over the last couple of years, the company has published ground-breaking works like ‘Amazing Age’ and ‘Lilith Dark’; so, you can always count on them for quality representation. As of now, Alterna is seeking works from both newbie and established authors. So of you have a character-driven title to share, reach out to the publishing house on this page.
18. Avatar Press
Avatar Press is an independent comic book publishing platform that roll out a wide range of comic titles, covering many different genres. Some of their best works include, ‘The Courtyard’, ‘Black Summer’ and ‘Crossed’. The platform enjoys working with established professionals in the industry. However, it is still on the lookout of fresh talent. So, if you think your work is compelling enough to grab their attention, contact them on this page.
Lady Death Universe is a relatively new comic-book publisher that focuses on female oriented themes. Based in Scottsdale, this publishing house is always on the lookout for quality content that holds the right grip on audience. As of now, Lady Death Universe is open for submissions. So, if you’re looking to share your best works, contact them on this page.
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