Dan Berger here, Heavy Metal's managing editor and the guy that will
hopefully be working with you in the future. HM is always searching for
cool science fiction, fantasy and horror comics and we'd love to see
what you've cooked up from your own fervent imagination and hard work at
the drawing board (and/or computer). That said, there are a few things
I'd like you to do to make all of our lives easier. Please read through
the whole thing (I know it's long - but it's worth your time, trust me):
A) We're only actively seeking completed stories (preferably in full
color since most of the magazine features color stories). Everyone here
at Heavy Metal has been or is currently a freelancer, so we know working
on spec is tough, but for numerous reasons we can only consider finished
pieces for the magazine. We do reprint work from all over the world, so
the comics do not have to be exclusively done for us.
B) We do not pair writers with artists, so please do not submit artwork
hoping to find an assignment or comic scripts hoping for them to be sent
to an artist to complete. We just don't have the resources to deal with
all the complexities of putting creative teams together. Kevin Eastman,
HM's venerable publisher and editor-in-chief, WILL read finished
stories, though - he absolutely loves doing that.
C) The preferred method to send in a submission is via e-mail. With
postage rates going apeshit, it's the most cost-effective way for you to
get your material to us (especially if you live outside the USA), and
it's the easiest way for us to check out your work and keep it on file
(we've got 35 years of paperwork filling our office, so we're running
out of space). E-mail is also cool because I'll know how to contact you
should Kevin decide that he'd like to publish your work. Please e-mail
low resolution files (72 DPI, no more than 10” at their largest
dimension) in JPG or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with “COMIC
SUBMISSION" as the subject line for the message.
D) If you don't have easy access to e-mail and have to submit via snail
mail, PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK. All caps is obnoxious, but WE
DO NOT RETURN SUBMISSIONS, so YOU WON'T GET YOUR ART BACK. So please
mail us copies or print-outs of your work, either in B&W or color (color
is obviously preferred if your story is in color). PLEASE DO NOT SEND
RETURN POSTAGE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION - we'll just spend it on beer and
pizza since we're evil bastards and WE DO NOT RETURN SUBMISSIONS.
E) Snail mail submissions should be sent to:
HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
116 Pleasant Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
F) Please include contact information on every page of your story if you
submit via snail mail. Always include your full name, mailing address
and phone number on every page of your submission in case I lose
something. I can be a dumb ass sometimes, so it's best if you prepare
for the worst and write your contact info on everything you send.
G) Stories can be as short as one page or as long as 96 pages (and every
now and then, even longer). We're mainly looking for short stories from
eight to sixteen pages in length, but we do print one-pagers, longer
pieces and serialize graphic novels over several issues. The idea behind
the shorter stories is to give readers as much variety as possible in
each issue (and since we do serialize some stuff, it's nice to have a
few self-contained strips to give readers some closure in every
magazine). We're happy to read any Heavy Metal-esque comics that you
have regardless of page count, but shorter stories do have the best
chance to get in and be placed quicker.
H) Response Time: If you submit via e-mail, I'll try to let you know
that we received your work within a week of it arriving in our mail box.
We do not respond to snail mail submissions at all unless Kevin would
like to publish the story (then we'll contact you to let you know that
Kevin is interested in your work). Even if you submit via e-mail, it can
take four to six months (or longer) for us to get back to you regarding
publishing the piece. Crazy, huh? We apologize in advance, and thank you
for your interest in the mag, but we only publish six issues per year
and we're often working with very looooong lead times, so it can take
quite awhile for us to go through the submissions and place work into
the magazine. Also, we do not reject anything outright unless you
specifically ask for an immediate “yay” or “nay.” We like to keep things
on file in case of emergencies, so we don’t rule anything out unless a
creator requests it. Most likely, if you ask for an immediate response,
it will be “nay” because we’re on a long timeline, making it very
difficult for us to commit to anything quickly (so it’s much easier for
us to pass on something if you’re in a hurry for an answer).
I) Heavy Metal Style: Please look over the work that we publish so you
get a feel for the kinds of stories that we're looking for. Please do
not submit comics featuring explicit sex, bestiality or bondage - that
sort of thing will get us arrested, and call us crazy, but we're hoping
to avoid that.
J) It's not required, but we'd love it if you formatted the art to fit
the dimensions of the magazine: Bleed size is 8.25" X 11.125". Trim size
is 8" X 10.875”. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it
(or google it - as the saying goes: knowledge is power).
II. COVER ART
A) We’re currently publishing six issues per year and we have to solicit
to our distributors four months in advance, so cover slots are booked
far in advance and fill very quickly - thus it’s very difficult to place
a cover with us. That said, if the odds don’t bother you and you’d like
to submit work to be considered for a cover, it’s the about the same
process as above for comics: please e-mail low resolution files (72 DPI,
no more than 10” at their largest dimension) in JPG or PDF format to email@example.com with “COVER SUBMISSION" as the subject line for
We haven’t been running many spot illustrations or pin-ups over the past
year in order to focus on comics - so we’re not seeking single illos.
However, we do have the "Gallery" and "Artist's Studio" sections in the
magazine that spotlight an illustrator by featuring six to fifteen
pieces of artwork and a short biography of the artist. The major caveat
about these features is there isn’t a page rate for them, so they’re for
promotional purposes only. If that sounds cool to you, please e-mail
6-15 low resolution files (72 DPI, no more than 10” at their largest
dimension) in JPG or PDF format of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
with “GALLERY SUBMISSION" as the subject line for the message.
A) We’ve been focusing on comics the past year and plan to do so for the
foreseeable future, so it’s unlikely that we’ll run many text pieces
(reviews, commentary, interviews, etc), highly unlikely that we’ll run
any short fiction, and extremely unlikely that we’ll run any poetry. You
may submit pieces if you’d like, but (if you haven’t guessed by now)
it’s unlikely that we’ll be interested in publishing them. We’re trying
to maintain the “illustrated” bit in our “World’s Greatest Illustrated
Magazine” byline - so we’re focusing on comics.
That covers the vital points. If you have any questions, just holler.