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    Question about comic book submissions

    For anyone who's had experience in comics/graphic novels.

    If a submission is accepted by a comics publisher in a graphic novel format, how is the size of the book decided? I'm asking because sometimes I see graphic novels in many different sizes, from digest (5" x 7"), to trade standard (6" x 9"), comic book standard (7" x 10"), oversize editions (8" x 11").

    I'm just curious, is all.


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    Depends on the publisher. Onipress, you'll never see anything bigger than pocketbook size. TPB art standard comic size, and it's only in the recent years do you see Marvel going for digest size for some of their series like spider-girl.

    Size = cost per unit being less to produce.
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    Make a list of the publishers to which you plan to submit work.
    Look up their specs for finished art.
    Size your work appropriately before submitting it.

    If you cannot find the specs on their websites or by googling, then get out a ruler and measure one of their books and make a template.

    Whatever their finished size, you can scale the template up in photoshop to a good working size.

    Hope that helps.


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