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Comics Experience is dedicated to helping our community members achieve their publishing goals!

Comics Experience Publishing (CEX Publishing) is a separate company from Comics Experience. They were both founded by Andy Schmidt, but they have different staff and different systems in place. Currently, Comics Experience has a partnership with CEX Publishing that allows for submissions to come from CE Workshop members, mentoring clients, creative services clients and course alumni. These are the ONLY UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS that CEX accepts. 

Please note submission eligibility is not a guarantee of acceptance.

If you’d like to submit a project to CEX Publishing, please see the submission guidelines and other info in the tabs below!

All comics published through CEX Publishing are 100% creator-owned.

We take submissions during open submission processes throughout the year, and accept only projects for which at least one of our services was utilized. You must have workshopped your part of the project through either a Course, the Creators Workshop, our Mentoring program, or through our Creative Services.

To submit to CEX Publishing, at least one member of the creative team must be or do one of the following:

  • Be a Creators Workshop member, having workshopped his or her part of the process on the Workshop Boards.
  • Be an alumnus of one or more of our Courses, having worked on the material in that course.
  • Be a Mentoring client, having worked with one of our one-on-one mentors on the project.
  • or be a patron of our Creative Services, in which Comics Experience managed the project with you.

If you and your project meet at least one of the above criteria for eligibility, email info@comicsexperience.com to request the official submission form. CE’s agreement with CEX Publishing does not allow for exceptions to eligibility requirements.

Have you read the Overview & Eligibility tab about the program to make sure your project is eligible for submission? Okay! Then you’re ready to submit, using the following guidelines:

Please note that our submission periods are held biannually – to be announced.

ALL submissions MUST be through the official CEX Publishing online form. Form link will be sent to eligible individuals only upon request. Requests can be sent to info@comicsexperience.com . NO email pitches will be accepted.

YOUR SUBMISSION PITCH
You must provide a LINK on the submission form to a SINGLE PDF FILE that we can access via the link.

The PDF Pitch must include the following as a minimum:

  • 5-10 pages of fully finished sequential pages;
  • At least one cover; and
  • One single page that lists::
    • the creators;
    • their CE connections;
    • the length in issues and/or pages of content;
    • the concept;
    • a less-than-200 word synopsis of the story from beginning to end; and
    • a link to the completed first-issue or one-shot script
    • art pages/ completed and lettered pages are GREAT! So please include more that will help our submissions panel make the most informed decisions they possibly can.

Please note that your submission link must be to a single PDF of less than 20 MB. No email attachments will be accepted.

When the form is completed fully, it will automatically notify Comics Experience staff that it is there and you will receive a confirmation email within business days of receiving.

What happens after my project is submitted?

After meeting these key criteria, projects are then selected by taking a number of factors into account, including business considerations such as number of issues and marketability. We are able to publish one-shots, stand-alone graphic novels and anthologies as well as mini-series.

Note that even if you develop a project in our Workshop community, during a Course, with one of our Mentors or our Creative Services program, you are under NO OBLIGATION to publish with Comics Experience. We encourage you to shop your projects around to multiple publishers.

We do our best to notify everyone who submitted of the status within 60 days of the end of the submissions period.
If your project is accepted, CEX has a 2-step approval process: one for your proposal and another for your finished product after which you will be offered a publishing contract.

If you are interested in developing your skills and craft, receiving feedback from peers and pros, and generally learning about the industry, we hope you will check out our Creators Workshop community.

Paradox

By Phillip Sevy

From acclaimed cartoonist Phillip Sevy (Triage) comes a sci-fi epic told in one issue. Paradox follows a boy who is racing to prevent the paradox that creates him but also threatens to destroy reality. Written, penciled, inked, colored, and lettered by Sevy, this poignant and emotional story explores the evolving relationship between fathers and their children.

Gutter Magic: Smoke & Mirrors

Written by Rich Douek, art by Fei Chen

A new day dawns in the world of Gutter Magic, as the fan-favorite comic returns! Set in a magical modern-day New York, Gutter Magic: Smoke & Mirrors catches up with Cinder, the black sheep in a wealthy and powerful wizarding family. Following the events of Gutter Magic, Cinder must learn that his newfound skills will not come easy – all while dealing with a power vacuum in New York’s criminal (and magical) underworld!

Fuhrer and the Tramp

Written by Sean McArdle and Jon Judy, art by Dexter Wee

The critically celebrated, Eisner-nominated comic comes to print for the first time! Charlie Chaplin – comic, filmmaker, and raconteur – didn’t become the world’s biggest star by courting controversy, but when he comes face-to-face with the horrors of Hitler, he feels compelled to get off the sidelines and get involved. And then Charlie is approached by FDR himself with a special assignment. His mission, if he chooses to accept it: create a propaganda film to drum up public support for joining the war in Europe!

Remnant

Written by Michael Roslen, art by Karly Engracia

Remnant is a sweeping and timely epic told in a single issue, about the tragic collapse of one society, the difficult birth of another, and one family’s struggle to navigate both! After decades of pollution and climate have ravaged the Earth, leaving it nearly uninhabitable, a young man joins an impossible mission: to terraform Mars. Three generations of his family face tragedies and triumphs as they attempt to build a new home for mankind.

Backfired

Written by Dave Pantano, Art by Diego Toro, Colors by Kote Carvajal

Wally’s life isn’t going so great. His marriage is falling apart; his extended family barely knows him; he works as a comic-book creator (‘Nuff said!). And just when Wally thinks things can’t get any worse, he comes face to face with his greatest enemy: his own most famous creation! When the villainous Reverse Backfire comes to life – and begins to dispense some truly terrible advice – Wally does all he can defeat his own subconscious and set things right, in this very adult, very funny slice-of-life superhero comedy!

Achilles Inc.

When a sliver of the world's population gains extraordinary abilities overnight, the result is massive and economic upheaval! The so-called Boosters displace the majority of the world's workforce. But Ransom Yeung and Achilles Incorporated are here to bring the boosters down, and put regular people back to work, in this exciting sci-fi thriller that's growing more relevant day by day.

Wild Strawberries at the World’s End

When Te-Su's childhood love supposedly kills herself, Te-Su investigates, and finds himself drawn into a tangled web of conspiracy involving a mysterion shaman, a murderous doomsday cult and an apocalyptic monster. In this haunting, elegaic tale, Te-Su must search his memories, both beautiful and painful, to discover the truth; the truth that will lead him to the world's end.

The Family Graves

Meet the Family Graves! After discovering a set of magical mirrors and the power they hold, this dysfunctional, mismatched family of monsters must race across dimensions to capture the mirrors and prevent the chronal vampire Gustav from devouring the space-time continuum and destroying reality! But can this fierce family stick together long enough to keep reality from falling apart?

Goth: Young Lovers at War

An anthology series focused on Goths throughout history, this series is alternately violent, funny, dramatic and weird, but always imbued with the moody sensibility and heightened emotions that have tied Goths together, down through the centuries. The first issue takes place in third-century Europe, where a young Goth warrior is spurned by his lover and throws himself into battle, hoping for a bloody end to his doomed romance. But Gerda, the woman in question, had a plan to save him -- in the most painful way possible.

The Love She Offered

Six weeks ago, Brian Thompson's daughter Julia was stabbed to death right outside her home. The police questioned her ex-boyfriend, Sean, but he was never charged. Brian, however, is convinced that Sean is the killer. He knows it. And he wants revenge for his daughter, in this twisted mini-series about two young families and the brutal crimes that tie them together.

Grief

In this critically-acclaimed anthology, ten very different people struggle with the pain of loss and with their own personal demons. Writer Frank Gogol pours his heart onto every page of these short comics, and together with his collaborators he creates a truly stunning work of fiction -- one that lets us all know we are not alone.

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Gutter Magic

Gutter Magic is a four-issue series written by Comics Experience alum and Creators Workshop member Rich Douek and illustrated by Brett Barkley. Set in a world where World War II was fought with magic instead of technology, we meet our hero—the heir to a powerful magical dynasty who can’t cast a spell to save his life—as he sets out on a quest to find his family’s birthright and restore their honor.

Past The Last Mountain

Past The Last Mountain is created and written by CE alum and Creators Workshop member Paul Allor, who's written issues of Guardians of the GalaxyNovaG.I. Joe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He’s also the creator of the critically acclaimed TET. It’s illustrated by Louie Joyce and has layouts by Gannon Beck, also a Creators Workshop alum.

It’s four issues long and tells the story of fantastical creatures on the run from the government. A faun, a dragon, and a child troll must work together to survive their journey to a land of myth where creatures such as themselves will find peace.

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Tet

by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

Tet is a four-issue series written by Creators Workshop member Paul Allor and illustrated by Paul Tucker. In this hard-boiled crime drama set at the height of the Vietnam War, we meet Eugene, a detective in the U.S. Army as he falls in love with a Vietnamese woman while he serves in the United States armed forces. One part star-crossed lovers and one part crime noir, Tet delivers on multiple levels.

“Tet is the kind of thing I'd like to see more of: a comic about something that actually counts.”

Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Punisher)

Tet is exactly what I want from a story about war. Not patriotism or polemics, but an exploration of people being human under the most inhumane circumstances.”

Corinna Bechko

“Allor is the real deal. He's a fresh voice who pulls you into intriguing territory that doesn't feel like what you've read before. When his name is on a book, you should take that book home.”

Jeff Parker

“Paul Allor and Paul Tucker craft a fascinating tale of one man's loss that's every bit as brutal and heart wrenching as its setting. The characters will haunt you long after you've turned the final page.”

Ed Brisson

Deluge

A three-issue crime thriller set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this hard-boiled drama delivers a lot of punch as corrupt police officers boat around flooded neighborhoods looking for criminals and to dispense their violent justice. But one of those suspected criminals is an under cover cop, and he’s determined to uphold the law, even when the world has been turned upside down.

Written by Comics Experience alum J.D. Oliva and illustrated by Comics Experience alum Richard P. ClarkDeluge is an action-packed story that delivers.

Karma Police

Created and written by Creators Workshop member Chris Lewis, this four-issue series weaves reincarnation into a murder mystery that spans life times. Chris’s previous title, Drones, was praised by Mark Waid, and we’re pleased to features Chris’s mind-altering take on storytelling with Karma Police.

Wretched Things

It was written in blood by the rat kinds, woven in silk by the spider sages, recited in verse by the ancient warlords of the centipedes: "The Vermin shall inherit the Earth." When a young mouse named Bran loses his entire clan to poison, he embarks on a journey that will take him through the hidden world of things that creep and crawl in the night, in a shocking comic that often feels like a twisted version of a Pixar film.

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Drones

Drones is a five-issue series written by Comics Experience alum and Creators Workshop member Chris Lewis and illustrated by Bruno Oliveira. It follows the strange adventure of two Predator drone operators as they run through a terrorism-themed hotel in Las Vegas. Follow Chris and Bruno into a world where entertainment and war blend in unexpected and mind-warping ways!

“I love, love, love finding really good and worthwhile comics… I vouch for (Drones)—check it out!”

Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil)

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Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit

Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit is a three-issue series written by founding Creators Workshop member Rob Anderson and illustrated by Fernando Melek. It follows the lives of two Animal Control officers in a near-future city who must deal with patchwork, hybrid animals—from gator-snakes to panda dogs. Follow these working-class heroes through a world of gene-splicing and mutating horror and action.

"...a low key police procedural that's more invested in the day to day lives of its Animal Control Officers than the cool monsters. It's a near perfect first issue that makes me want to read more."

Steve Bennett (Review from his column “Confessions of a Comic Book Guy”)

WHAT DOES THE CEX DEAL LOOK LIKE?

CEX currently offers a PUBLISHING ONLY contract. That is to say, CEX does not take any rights aside from the right to publish the comic book/collected edition/graphic novel. The underlying Intellectual Property along with all other rights like film, television, and animation rights, remain with the creators.

CEX offers a separate Entertainment, Licensing, and Merchandising deal for anyone interested in using CEX’s Hollywood and Licensing representation. This is not necessary for a publishing deal.

CEX Publishing offers one of the most creator-friendly deals in the comics industry. Your deal will be directly with CEX. CEX Publishing is careful to maintain a sustainable business model, while creating deals that demonstrate our commitment to creators and their rights. CEX Publishing has crafted publishing deals in which you remain the sole copyright holder (or the collective creative team does).

  • Editorial Guidance – The publishing deal does not provide editorial or project management help. The Creators Workshop is a valuable resource for that. The staff at CE and CEX will, of course, try to help with technical issues and provide guidance when possible. We want you to succeed.
  • Promotion – Comics Experience will help promote your project through marketing efforts made by our CE and CEX Publishing staff.
  • Costs – With a print deal, CEX or another publishing partner and/or Comics Experience will front the costs for advertising, printing, shipping, and other fees. These costs will be recouped from projects’ sales profits before royalties are distributed.
  • Profits – Profits are split between the creator(s) and CEX.

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