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Fans who have sent their works directly to the House of Ideas in hopes of breaking in to the world of comic books are going to be a little disappointed after this press release from Marvel, where it announces it is suspending its open submission policy.

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From Marvel

Due to an unprecedented number of unsolicited art and writing submissions, Marvel has altered its open submissions policy effective immediately.  Marvel has remained the only major publisher to continue accepting open submissions, however that practice has been halted as we review our strategies for accepting future submissions.

Marvel has a proven track record of attracting new and emerging talent and does not plan on ending those efforts in any way.

“If you look at our track record over the last 18 months, I think you’ll find the names of more new writers and artists in Marvel books than ever before.  Maybe more than at any other major comic book publisher, as a matter of fact,” says Marvel Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski. “We pride ourselves on finding new voices and artistic styles to help us shape the Marvel Universe in original and exciting ways. And while the hunt for new artistic resources to help us ever expand the Marvel mythos will continue, we’ll just be going about it in different ways. We’ve examined all our past practices concerning talent recruitment and it quickly became clear that more ‘reactive’ methods such as open submissions were the least effective ways to open the Marvel door for up-and-comers. So instead we’ll be continuing with the more ‘proactive’ methods of artist and writer discovery that we’ve found so successful of late, including some soon-to-be-announced new outlets.”

While the open submissions policy has ceased, Marvel will continue its active recruitment of artists through its Talent Management department.  Artists are also encouraged to bring portfolios for review to the major conventions at which Marvel will have a presence this year.

Talent Coordinator for Marvel, Chris Allo adds, “In regards to finding new artists, we in the Talent Management department will still continue to look at online websites such as Deviant Art, Comic Art Community, as well as comic art blogs, and other related sites.  Online comics are rapidly becoming a source for scouting as well.  And, of course, we will still go to the comic book stores on Wednesdays and see what new artists are out there working for other companies and on independent books.”

With the successful discovery and publishing of writers in the fields of comics as well as TV, film and literature, Marvel will continue to search out new voices in all published fields, as we have for the past number of years.

As new media and means of publishing comics on the web as well as small and independent press, we encourage all new creators to continue honing their craft by using all of the tools available during this time.  Marvel will be announcing a new submissions policy in the near future.

Marvel had a pretty good ending quarter in 2008, so cutbacks at the company aren’t to blame for this — do I detect the oder of lawyers getting involved to prevent a potential future lawsuit with the company, or has that potential suit already been brought forward, forcing the company to react to keep it from happening again?

via Marvel

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3 Comments

  1. Mikie
    February 27, 2009 at 8:52 am — Reply

    Who Cares? MArvel and comics have gone to hell anyway.. long live downloading the comics free on the torrents! yay! for free! $3.99 a comic for crap! no way!

  2. Gaumer
    February 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I would be with you 100% if sales didn’t directly affect the writers and artists.

    As bad as the head of the beast is, it’s the little guys that get hurt in the long run if you steal comics.

    That said, I believe there is a place for torrenting comics if you just want to ‘check things out’ or want to see a back issue thats hard to find in print. Trying to catch up to a current run via torrents is cool IMO, just taking new comics is not good.

    It also screw LCS if you think about it.

    Nothing against you though Mikie. I find the occasional video game online and dont think twice about torrenting it. Am I a hypocrite? I guess so.

  3. Mike Keller
    February 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Ah HA! I see stuff like this and the first thing that runs through my mind is “OK, what happened?!?!?!”
    I agree with you Stephen – there’s always more to these things than meets the eye.
    Did one of their submitters threaten to sue? Is it a copyright issue? Hmmm.

    Also, although I also love downloading stuff, I agree the people who do the creating MUST be paid. I have 3 versions of “Dr. Horrible”, and I paid for them all even though you can watch it free.
    What they ought to do (if you don’t mind me saying) is put submissions on a News Group, and let the fans decide (and filter) which submissions get to the top. Other places have done the same, and it works.

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