FCBD 2008

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This page is official resource for the upcoming Free Comic Book Day comic book being put together for 2008. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, corrections, by all means contact Cortland on the forums and let him know or via e-mail.

Current priorities

  • COVER ARTIST: The cover art for the book is due December 20, which is almost a week away. Ideas are being bandied about <a href="http://forums.comicgenesis.com/viewtopic.php?t=83241">here</a>, but we need nominations and volunteer artists to speak up NOW.
  • <a href="http://forums.comicgenesis.com/viewtopic.php?t=83320">Submissions for the book:</a> We will be selecting five artists for the book, each of whom will have five page comics published in the final comic to be sent to comic shops around the country. The theme for this year is "run." All artists who do not make it into the final book will have their work featured on a web page witha link included in the final book for readers to "want more" to check out.

Overview

The book will be a 32-page comic distributed to comic book stores around the country by Keenspot. It will be printed with Diamond Printing and consist of 25 pages of comic stories: five pages for five artists. The remaining pages will be used for information on Comic Genesis, Keenspot, as well as advertising to pay for the book.

Staff for this year's book

  • Zwuh
  • Cortland
  • Rkolter

Current Deadlines

  • November 30, 2007: Must have title, pagecount, and price point due to Diamond for review.
  • December 20, 2007: Full solicitation text and final cover artwork due to Diamond.
  • January 31, 2008: Complete PDF file of FCBD book (all pages including ads) due to Diamond for approval (then on to the printer).

Introduction

The Comic Genesis Book is an annual book (that means yearly) showcasing art and comics from online artists, promoting webcomic talent in general. The name of the book itself varies amongst its many iterations, changing each year; but the way the book is put together remains the same: participants are any Comic Genesis or independent comic artists who are willing to donate their original work to be included in this nationally distributed comic anthology. This year there will be ten thousand of these books printed and distributed to comic book stores across North America.

The main comic editorial staff consists of Zwuh, who is coordinating submissions and assembling artwork for the book, and Matt "Cortland" Johnson who has volunteered to help assemble the print ready artwork and manage other aspects of the book. Our big brother, Keenspot is also here to help promote and distribute the book.

Changes For This Year (2008)

Of the most significant changes to this year's comic book is that we are no longer requiting members to donate their own money to be part of the book. Instead, the book is made entirely of volunteer artists who donate their artwork for the book. The remaining money for the book will be raised through volunteer donations and selling advertising space in the book.

The extra material in this book is TBD, though Joel Fagin has been drafted to create a short "how-to" for web comics. We will also want an introduction page for Comic Genesis and the comic book, as well as a table of contents page. Other pages in the book will be reserved to name sponsors for the book and feature advertisements to help pay for the printing.

Advertising

Complete information on advertising in the book will available soon. Space and rates will likely be similar as last year's rates:

  • Full-page advertisement $350 (6.125" wide by 9.75" tall)
  • Half-page advertisement $175 (6.125" wide by 4.75" tall)

Page Technical/Content Specs

The size our printer CURRENTLY recommends is 6.875 x 10.5" for FULL BLEED with 6.625 x 10.25" for IMAGE AREA aka TRIM SIZE.

The Format

  • The final "trim" size of the book will be 6.625" x 10.25" with "full bleeds", therefore the artwork you submit needs to measure 6.875 x 10.5" image files at 600dpi (meaning 4125 pixels by 6300 pixels), grayscale or bitmap saved in TIFF format.
  • NOTE ON BLEEDS: A "bleed" in printing terms means that your artwork can extend out to the very edge of the paper, with no need for a "margin." This allows you to create more artistically interesting designs with your page layout, but please BEAR IN MIND that when drawing you should not have any critical text or copy within a 1/4" margin of the paper. Traditional presses do shift and sometimes may be a little bit off on the very edge of the paper.
  • Please use LZW compression or ZIP your final image files, since a full-sized greyscale TIFF page will be about 25MB uncompressed. If for some reason, you can't save your work in TIFF format, please let the editor know and we will work something out.

The Contributors

Contributors to the book are being selected from volunteers in this thread.

The Content

Go hog wild. The sky's the limit here.. (well actually, read the next section). People have done ads, included snippets of their comics, have drawn epic sequential specials, crossovers, etc. Of course, this is a book to promote your online comic, so you are encouraged to focus your talents with that in mind. (e.g. we don't really want to see your mom's grocery list as a submission...unless you have a reason for it, better than just being a wise-ass).

  • Naturally, we invite artists of any genre or style. As long as your stuff fits in the rating, feel free to let your unique groove shine.
  • Since you're promoting a comic or some site like that, you'd want to have your url labeled somewhere in your section.
  • Proofread your work for typos or formatting errors, before submission. This helps you as well as the editorial staff.
  • Understand your audience. Most likely they haven't heard of your comic, so ease them in without assuming they know what you're talking about.

The "Rating"

We're keeping the book at PG-13 or less. Lots of kids show up at the Con and for Free Comic Book day, and we don't want to warp their minds. Yet. This means:

  • If your comic or comic site is somewhat mature, you can still participate as long as your work in the book follows our guidelines, and you label your ad with appropriate discretion advisories, e.g. "Visit blahblah.Comic Genesis.com! (For Mature Readers)"
  • no harsh swearing (sh--, f---, b--ch, a--, do I need to keep going?)
  • no full nudity (bikinis, however, are a-okay with us)
  • nothing that is nasty or highly offensive in general. Use your best judgment. You're all clever little monkeys.
  • The editorial staff has final say on what can or can't be added into the Comic Genesisbook. We're fairly lenient so you are more

than welcome to try us. But don't bother to put in things that are blatantly over the top.

Donation Information

We are currently taking donations to raise $2000 to complete the book. Contributors will get their names featured in a few special "sponsor" pages of the book. Other pages will be used to sell for advertising. Contributors to the book and anybody who wishes to help gather donations for the book are asked to put the following PayPal donation code on their websites:

<form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick">
<input type="hidden" name="business" value="fcbd0001@yahoo.com">
<input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="FCBD 2008">
<input type="hidden" name="no_shipping" value="1">
<input type="hidden" name="return" value="http://www.cortlandcomic.com/fcbd-thanks.html">
<input type="hidden" name="cancel_return" value="http://www.cortlandcomic.com/fcbd-nothanks.html">
<input type="hidden" name="cn" value="Name to use for Donator">
<input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="USD">
<input type="hidden" name="tax" value="0">
<input type="hidden" name="lc" value="US">
<input type="hidden" name="bn" value="PP-DonationsBF">
<input type="image" src="http://www.cornstalker.com/cartoons/fcbd-progressbar.png" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!">
<img alt="" border="0" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" width="1" height="1">
</form>

Submission Information

  • All submissions to the book must be sent by the end of January, 2007. Cortland is going to start bugging members for their artwork well before then, however.
  • The final file format will need to be either "bitmap" or "grayscale" in Photoshop. TIFF would be the preferred file format, using LZW compression to make it easier to squeeze through the tubes online.
  • Before final submission, we will have a draft submission deadline in which you will create a 72dpi (as opposed to 600dpi) version of your pages (or what you've got so far). We'll let you know how you can upload them or get them to us. We will provide feedback once we see them.
  • If everything is fine, we'll give you the go-ahead to upload your massive 600dpi pages to the Comic Genesis Spotlight FTP (we'll provide the username and password right here in a moment) by the final submission deadline. Once you have successfully uploaded them, e-mail us again and let us know they're in there, so we can grab them and make sure that they are indeed final.
  • We understand that many of you may have slow connections, and perhaps final submissions by snail-mail or in person may be in order. Let us know in advance and we will make arrangements to get that done smoothly. Since it will take longer, you should give yourself an earlier deadline to finish your work.

Unexpected Changes

Every year we have participants who encounter unexpected problems midway, and have to revise their original registration requests. This is perfectly normal as we all can't predict the future. If such a thing occurs to you, remember this rule of thumb: TELL US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Sometimes people find themselves in unexpected ruts with regards to money, time, or personal issues. They typically cut down their number of pages or cancel their participation altogether. Sometimes we're flexible and if you know that you can make the payment, but only after the deadline, we can sometimes accommodate and make arrangements to receive late payments. But whatever you may choose, all of this requires special attention from the Staff, so pleeeeeeeze notify us immediately when you realize you have a problem. The earlier this is in the production, the easier it is for us to recover from it.

The Aftermath

What We Do

While you're waiting, we are working hard to put everything together and send them to the printers. We try our best to arrange the comic pages in such a way that would be satisfactory to the artists' preferences as well as to the reader's enjoyment. We will let you know where your page will be in relation to the book shortly. We also create a table of contents, and will have it for you to proofread as well (we don't want to get your name wrong or anything).

Distribution

Around ten thousand copies of the book are going to be printed and sent to comic book shops across the United States for distribution on Free Comic Book Day. If you know local comic shops in your area, we highly encourage you to meet with them and encourage them to carry the book. Comic store owners are usually very receptive to local artists and the more people we can get to carry our book, the better. If you need help finding a local comic book shop, contact Cortland. We can work with Keenspot to find someone in your area.

Receiving copies

Every participant will get a couple of free copies. But you are more than welcome to get your local comic store to order some for you (and other people) for Free Comic Book Day, or pick a couple up from the Keenspot booth if you are attending this year's San Diego Comic Con. If you can't do any of these, let us know, and we'll send you the copies direct to your mailing address; typically we will pay the postage so you don't have to pay to get them sent to you..but don't hold me to that promise.

Distributing them personally:

In the last two years' San Diego Comic Conventions, Keenspot had graciously allowed us participants to pay for time to sign autographs at their booth, while distributing our very own Comic Genesis Books. Cross your fingers and hope that they do the same thing for us this year. We'll let you know how you can sign up, if it does materialize.

Extras Section

The Extras Section is a section, typically at the end of the book, which our wonderful artists volunteer to putting together. What's the content? Basically, it is anything that isn't a promotion of one's own comic, and approved by the extras editor<: typically we have tutorials about how to run a comic, art and story pointers, comic and website management, and general inspiration to comic newcomers; this year we have a couple of tutorials written by participants and some veterans; in addition, we're adding some other things that are not necessarily tutorial; therefore, the section is officially the "Extras Section" and not the "Tutorial Section."

What else? Oh, the artists working on the Extras Section do not have to pay for the pages they're making. Their work is considered as "community service" to the Comic Genesisbook.

Links to Drafted Art and Resources

This page is currently maintained by Matt Johnson (Cortland).