A few words from Insomnia’s Creative Director

Nic Wilkinson, the new Creative Director over at Insomnia Publications saw our article about her new post and decided to chime in with a few words. Here’s what she had to say.

Over to you Nic!

Anyone who wants to talk to me should look out for a 5’woman with long blonde hair and a cancertown t-shirt.

Anyone who wants to send material beforehand for us to look over should email me at nichola[at]insomniapublications.com

And, yes, I can guarantee I won’t bite if you bring me cans of coke 🙂 Not that nasty diet or coke zero stuff, mind.

I know inviting submissions like this is a bit unusual in the industry – but as we receive great scripts from writers who do not personally know artists, and great samples from artists who do not know any writers to work with – why would we not introduce you and build creative teams instead of hoping you meet by chance some time?

Below are the outline subs guidelines that will be up on the Insomnia Website very soon in case you need them:

The books we have in progress at the moment cover a wide variety of subject matter, and it is originality and quality that Crawford is looking for rather thanany specific genre. We would rather have something unusual, challenging, inventive, creative, inspired, literate, thought provoking (you get the idea) than another version of something that is already out there.

So, let us know:

For Writers

About the story – proposed length, how much (if any) is complete, about the characters, the setting, What happens, Why it happens, – all of that not just a 10 word high concept “idiot pitch”. That tells me if you are good at formulating snappy high-concept pitches, not what your scripting, structuring and storytelling are like.

Samples are good if you have them but not required at the pitch stage

We do not care if you have the right script formatting software or fonts at this stage, we want your talent, not your technical know how.

For Artists (Pencils, inks, colours or all 3)

We would like to see sequentials as well as pin ups (unless you want to be purely a cover artist – which is fine, but let us know that)

What formats you work in – traditional media, digital etc

Whether you work in Colour or black and white

If you are submitting to be an inker or colourist then we need to see copies of the underlying pencils as well as your work.

If you have been published before or have self published in print or online and can show us a portfolio, that is fantastic. However Insomnia is all about new writing, new art and new concepts and we certainly welcome submissions from new talent.

Finally one of the most important things for both writers and artists is to let us know the length of story to which you feel you can commit. We have an anthology title for people who want to do short stories through to complete graphic novel series of hundreds of pages. Also we appreciate that many creators are showing incredible dedication by working on their comics alongside day jobs and other commitments, but if we like your work enough to publish we will work with you to agree a schedule that suits all parties

Many of us at Insomnia are/were creators ourselves and we appreciate that making submissions can be difficult and nerve-wracking. We will look at everything we receive, and although it may take time we will respond to everyone. The important thing to remember that your work may be great, and we may even personally love to read it, but it sometimes will just not what we are looking for right now.

We are also interested to hear from games designers, animators, and model makers as we often need to call on such services.In most cases we will look to put our books out as albums or “instant trades” so that they can be sold in bookshops and online as well as through comic shops.

GS Reporter: The Nuge

Source: Insomnia Publications

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One comment

  1. Firstly, congratulations to Nic on the promotion!

    It’s great to see a company actively seeking talent and submissions. I’m sure there are some extremely talented writers and artists who view the site and contribute to the forums. It’s also interesting to note that the company will view portfolios of purely cover / pinup style work. I’ve never got round to dipping my toes in sequential art as I’m not consistent enough and didn’t think the old pinup made for portfolios.

    Great news all round. Here’s to a shiny Insomnia future!

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