Tankadere Volume 4 is now open for submissions!

The guidelines can be found here, but I’ve also reposted them below for easy access!

This year, we’re looking for spooky and scary stories; ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night. Think “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Goosebumps,” horror high on atmosphere and low on gore, because we’re still aiming for a kid-friendly book. Bring on the monsters, werewolves, vampires, urban legends, unexplained mysteries, haunted houses, creepy autobiography, even the totally mundane as long as it leaves us with a chill.

For the most part, we’re not interested in zombie stories; the field is currently flooded with them.

Submissions should be family friendly: try to keep the content rating PG. Light PG-13 is fine, but that should entail discussion of mature themes, not gore, violence, sex, or swearing.

We highly recommend that you go over your plot with us before you get too far in. We reserve the right to refuse any submission.

The final book size will be 6×9”, printed in black and white with a color cover. Halftones and screentones are absolutely not accepted. If you use graytones, keep it in flat blocks, or use digital shading. We may be able to do darker inkwashes, but light grays will not reproduce well. If in doubt, send a print-resolution sample to us. We are using a different template from last year so please don’t reuse the old one if you have it. Your art must be black and white only, 600 dpi, and preferably sent as flattened tiff files.

The page template (in tiff format) can be found for download here.

Comic submissions:
Stories must be 4-12 pages in length. Even-numbered page counts are preferred (it makes final layout easier). For Tankadere, we are looking for stand-alone short stories. This not the place for a project pitch or a chapter from a longer work. Each entry should stand entirely alone.

Collaborative projects will be allowed up to 16 pages total. If you are a writer looking for an artist, or an artist looking for a writer, let us know before June 20th and we’ll try to arrange something.

Along with the finished submission, we will also need a 1 x 1″ bio picture (black and white drawing of the artist) at 600 dpi, and a 30 words or less biography, including any contact info to be listed in the book (website, email, etc).

Submit files to tanka at crabtankink dot com through file sharing sites such as ge.tt or sendspace.

Splash (single page illustration) submissions:
These are single-page illustrations in vertical format. They use the same page template as comics. If you are also submitting a comic, it’s preferable that the splash page does not relate to your story. We suggest things like dynamic action scenes, slice-of-life snapshots, conceptual illustrations, or pinups. Single illustrations are often most interesting if they tell a story!

Send all submissions materials to tanka at crabtankink dot com. Final comics and splash pages will be due on September 20th 2013, and we’ll give more information and answer any questions over email. There will be a few checkpoints over the summer. Please keep in mind that the proofing and editing process for putting together an anthology like this takes a great deal of time, so timeliness is important.

Printing rights:
Should we accept your submission, we will be asking for exclusive print rights for one year, after which all rights will return to the artist, with non-exclusive reprint rights for the anthology as a whole. All contributors will receive a digital copy and the option to purchase copies of the anthology at production cost. (which should be $5-7 USD depending on length, and we’re looking at a final retail price of $15 USD).

By submitting your art to us, you acknowledge and agree to these conditions.

We are aiming to have Tankadere 4 in print by March 2014! Conventions lined up for 2014 include Emerald City Comicon and the Kumoricon. Rose City Comic Con, GeekGirlCon and Stumptown Comics Fest will also most likely have Tankadere presence.

Tankadere 3: Now Available!

Hey everyone! We’ve got a lot of news, some of it a bit belated. First of all – Tankadere 3: Daring Dames is available for sale on our webstore! This volume is a beautiful book with top-notch production quality and incredible art both inside and outside, and we’re very proud to present it. This gorgeous collection of shorts has been the level of work we’ve been aiming at for Crab Tank from the start, so if you’ve been waiting to pick up a volume, I can say without reservation that you should check this one out.

That said, Tankadere 3 went to press with an error; the last page of Rachel Boyes’s story did not make it in to the final print version. While the story works without the page, we talked with the artist and agreed that the story should be posted in full online with the missing page for everyone’s enjoyment. All subsequent editions (which will be digital) will include the missing page.

The full story can be found here (or click on the image to proceed):

Raised By Owls!

Crab Tank will also be at Sakuracon in Seattle and Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland!

Tankadere 3: Progress Report!

Hi all! Sorry about the long hiatus, but rest assured, we have not gone anywhere! As I write this, Tankadere 3 is at the printers, and will, barring any printing mishaps or acts of god, be ready for release at Emerald City Comicon! This is looking like our finest volume yet, with 152 pages of comics and illustrations from a range of international artists, all around the theme of female protagonists! I can’t show you the interiors yet, but I can reveal the cover:

Tankadere 3 Cover Preview!
Tankadere 3 Cover Preview!

Stunning! Robin Robinson contributed the cover this time, and it is gorgeous.

See you at ECCC!

Tankadere 3 + shipping updates

Hello all! Just thought I’d update quickly to get that stagnant blog smell off the front page.

Tankadere vol. 3 (full title pending, themed around powerful and active female characters) is coming along excellently, and we have a range of stories lined up, from epic space opera to RPG-based fantasy to nervewracking suburban drama. If you’re just now arriving, we are still open to submissions! The deadline for completed comics submissions is September 10th. The full guidelines can be found here.

We have a few shows lined up for the 2013 season (The two main ones Emerald City Comic Con and Stumptown, shockingly enough!) and are looking at a few more. We’ll let you know when that happens.

The other news is that we’re going to be relocating temporarily for the summer, so from July 6th-30th Crab Tank will be unable to ship any orders. The online store will be closed during that time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

What We’re Reading: Hinges

HingesHinges is a fairly new webcomic by Meredith McClaren about a girl who wakes in a strange world of marionettes. The art flows smoothly between an angular cut-out style and a looser shaded ink style, both lovely and atmospheric. The mystery of the world, the doll-people that inhabit it, and their adorable animal-like familiars promises to unfold in a quiet and atmospheric way.

What We’re Reading: Sabertooth Vampire

Mike Russell chronicles the hilariously tragic slightly strange adventures of the elusive, unfortunate, and often befuddled Sabertooth Vampire. Melanie and I were first introduced to the Sabertooth Vampire as the closing act of Comics Underground, the dialogue-less strips set to music, and we were immediately hooked.

The comic is archived on his blog or available for sale at http://culturepulp.bigcartel.com/ — the zine editions are lovely  (rounded corners! crisp blacks! impeccable timing!), easy to browse, and come highly recommended.

Open for Submissions: Power Drive A

This is not a Crab Tank publication, but it’s one that we’re totally psyched about. Indie comics and shonen manga superhero Audrey Morris is organizing an anthology of shonen manga and sentai inspired original tribute comics called Power Drive A. This is for all of you Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, GaoGaiGar, Kikaida, Gundam, giant robot or no-limits  crimefighting spandex superhero team fans. Comics are due in on March 25th, details on her website!