- ...be willing and able to write funny G-rated newspaper format strips that appeal to a broad readership. No crude or perverse humor, gaming humor, or anything else that I don't enjoy or find disagreeable will make the cut. Also, the comic will be translated into Norwegian and be brought to a Norwegian audience, so pure pun-based humor or humor that is too regional for wherever on earth you live probably won't work.
...be in the position to commit to a long-term comic writing job should the opportunity arise.
...work fast and professionally, always meet deadlines, and such.
...have lots of original and creative ideas.
...be open to my ideas and criticism. I'd be your partner, not your art slave.
...be the kind of person I would enjoy working with. So it helps if you're a nice person.
Think you meet the requirements? Okay. Here's the deal: A big Norwegian newspaper is currently running a comic contest. The winner will not only receive a sum of 50.000 NOK (about 9.000 US Dollars), but also a publishing deal with the newspaper and Egmont International. How big the deal will be or how long it will last is uncertain as of now, it probably depends on how well the comic sells.
They want 15 finished strips by June 1st and a summary of the comic's concept and future plans.
Which puts a heck of a pressure on us, eh?
I am very tempted to work on this by myself and receive all the potential glory and gain alone, but I am not sure I can come up with just the right idea and I don't know if I am capable of doing both the writing and the drawing duty. I have a job and a lot of other commitments. But if I don't find anyone with an idea good enough to make me want to work together with that person, I will try to do something on my own.
However, I thought I'd give it a shot and see if there's someone out there who would do.
Interested in trying?
I need you to:
- - Write a brief summary of your comic strip idea(s), the setup, main characters, etc.
- Write at least 5 strip scripts.
- Send both to me via email gimmecookies(at)gmail(dot)com by May 1st.
What's in it for you?
If we win: A fair share of the prize money and a professional writing job. Also, your and my name in print, baby. Details will be discussed, but I will likely demand a bigger than 50% share since I will not only be doing art duties but also translating. I will also take care of all mail and correspondence with the newspaper and publisher because it will all be in Norwegian.
If we don't win (the more probable option): The joy of working with me and seeing your ideas put into pretty little pictures! Other than that, I am not interested in making the comic a web comic because I don't have time for that. So we either get published, or our collaboration ends after 15 strips.
Why do I even think we could possibly stand a chance? Because we will compete with Norwegian competition only, and this competition is much more limited than American or others. I have seen former winners of this contest. They are not that great. Norwegians in general are lazy, so I doubt there will be a flood of entries. With some real big effort on both sides, yes, I think it's not impossible to win. I at least want to give it a shot.
If this sounds like a good idea to you, follow the above steps and contact me.