Mac McCool - Children's Book Illustrations and Graphic Novels

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Children's Graphic Novel Day Roundtable Summary (Part 2)

Read Part 1 of the Children's Graphic Novel Day Roundtable here with the listing of our guests.

Part 2 - On the best format and avenues for submissions:
Writers face the added challenge of selling a graphic novel proposal to publishers without visuals to support it. Douglass Barre stressed that writers approaching comic book superhero publishers like Marvel and DC have little chances of having a proposal accepted with a manuscript alone, and so they should find an artist to draw sample pages. Comic artist Tommy Kovac suggested starting your publishing career with smaller publishers to prove your abilities. Agent Kelly Sonnack recognized that with children's book publishers, no submission standards or protocol presently existed for graphic novels. Kazu Kibuishi said that many artists are struggling to finish their graphic novels, so shopping a completed graphic novel not only proves you have the required discipline, but also makes it easier for editors to take or reject your project (since they are still new to editing graphic novels).

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