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December 27th, 2012, 04:51 PM #1
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Opinion on guidelines
So, do you have any opinion on these Dark Horse Comics guidelines?
PROPOSAL AND SCRIPTING GUIDELINES FOR WRITERS
Aspiring writers, do you need some guidance on how to format your script? Download our script format guidelines in Microsoft Word format or PDF format.
To submit a written proposal to Dark Horse, the following material must be included:
1. SIGNED SUBMISSION AGREEMENT
Dark Horse has the highest regard for creators and for the ownership of original properties, and this agreement should in no way be misconstrued as license for Dark Horse to appropriate your creations. This agreement protects Dark Horse from any liabilities involving coincidental similarities to works-in-progress or other submissions. It is only required for original stories, scripts, series proposals, and characters. You do not need to sign it if you are only sending art samples or previously published script samples. Story proposals or scripts arriving without a signed agreement will be destroyed without review. Obtain a copy of the agreement here. A new agreement must be submitted with each new idea, proposal, script, etc. and must be signed by all involved creators and copyright holders. Please note that Dark Horse does not review unsolicited scripts, story ideas, or proposals pertaining to properties currently published by Dark Horse or any property not owned by the submitter. Such material will be destroyed without review.
View or download a copy of the Submissions Agreement
2. COMPLETE SYNOPSIS
Succinctly tell the entire story: beginning, middle, and end, omitting unnecessary details. A short-story synopsis should be no longer than a page. A synopsis for a series (limited or ongoing) or graphic novel should be about two to five pages. Indicate issue breaks where applicable. A synopsis should say exactly what happens and how, noting plot and character specifics. Do not leave the resolution of the story in question. This should be the most straightforward presentation of the story as possible, as the synopsis is often the make-or-break point for a proposal.
3. FULL SCRIPT
You must include a full script for any short story or single-issue submission, or the first eight pages of the first issue of any series, unless you are a published professional, in which case, you should include samples of previously published work. You can download our Script Format Guide on which to base your script format on here. If the work is already completed, story, art, and lettering, copies of this may be sent instead. When preparing to send your story, consider the following questions: Are my characters believable and consistent throughout the script? Is the plot clear and easy to follow? Is all the necessary information?including subtext, symbolism, essential background detail, communicated clearly to the artist? Does the script allow the pictures to tell the story rather than relying on captions or other forms of exposition? Does the story work as a comic book, taking into account the conventions and the language of the medium?
# Do not send scripts or story proposals for any title currently being published by Dark Horse. Dark Horse's agreements with its licensors and creators prohibit Dark Horse editors from reading such submissions. Such submissions will be destroyed unread.
# Please send submissions to:
c/o Dark Horse Comics
10956 SE Main Street
# We do not publish page rates. If an editor is interested in working with you, you will work out a financial deal at that time.
# If a submitted project has an artist collaborator, samples of the artist's continuity work (not just pin-ups or character illustrations) must be included.
# We accept proposals for both limited series as well as ongoing series.
# Do not send samples/proposals via facsimile (fax) or email. All such submissions will be destroyed without review.
# Do not make telephone follow-ups to check on the status of your submission. It is now Dark Horse?s policy to respond to submissions only if an editor wishes to hire the creator.
December 28th, 2012, 05:21 AM #2
I'm not really sure what you're asking - those are the guidelines, if you want to work with Dark Horse that's what you have to do. That said, from looking at your other posts it doesn't sound like you have enough to send them yet anyway.