My name is Andy Troy, and I’m looking for an artist to collaborate with me on a comic book/graphic novel project entitled Grim Devices. I received my Master’s Degree in English & Creative Writing in 2008—with Grim Devices winning two Graduate Awards and serving as my Master’s thesis. Since then I have worked on short stories, novels and now this comic scripting project. For those interested in my other work, you can read my short story “Sac à Dos” here:http://www.silverblade.net/content/?p=11
The story for Grim Devices is complete—all that remains is to type it into proper script formatting.
It’s a gritty crime/detective thriller, where the story twists and turns into something quasi-mythical and, I think, something important. I’ve created a complete setting for the story, Arc City, with factions and secrets and mysteries around every corner. The art style would be dark, scary but still with a technical skill and cleanness of line. The characters would be distinct and well-drawn, but in a hostile, uncertain, tenebrous environment.
My intention would be to pitch to comic companies like Vertigo, Avatar, Image, Boom! Studios or Dynamite Entertainment, who would be interested in this kind of long-term gritty storytelling.
Depending on how much input the artist wants to have on the project with regards to character design, panel layouts (although I have scripts prepared myself) and the like, it would be possible for the artist to have up to half (50%) of the creator rights for the Grim Devices series and its characters.
What I’m looking for is a talented comic artist—experience or publications are not necessarily required—to work closely with me on developing the Grim Devices property into a pitchable, sellable entity. For anyone interested in a close collaboration with me on this project, please let me know what kind of artistic projects you have worked on—or are currently doing. If you have a link to your portfolio or DeviantArt profile or something like that, please send that along as well. If I think we would be a good match artistically, then I will send you a script for the first three pages of Grim Devices as a sample for your penciling/inking/coloring of that prologue.
I can’t promise up-front payment, or an instant sale, but you would share in the creator rights to the Grim Devices property when we shop the project around to comic book companies. I look forward to seeing what talented artists are in the community!
For interested parties, please send to andyDOTtroyATymailDOTcom the following:
1) a resume/list of your past illustration work, 2) a portfolio or link to your work, and 3) your contact information.