Predominantly, stories nowadays star male characters with women as sidelined tools, stereotypes, or, even more disappointingly, missing altogether. With that in mind, the theme of this volume is strong female characters. We don’t literally mean brick-breaking superhero strength, but rather strength of characterization. Ideally we are aiming to get a large variety of submissions. Slice-of-life, fantasy, sci-fi, action, noir, romance; any genre is encouraged, so long as you have a good story to tell with a compelling and female character.
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, 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”, and printed in black and white with a color cover. Halftones and gradients are absolutely not accepted this year. If you must use gray, keep it in flat blocks, and limit them to 25%, 50%, and 75% gray. It’s 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.
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 50 words or less biography, including any contact info to be listed in the book (website, email, etc).
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, 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.
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 $12-15 USD).
By submitting your art to us, you acknowledge and agree to these conditions.
We are aiming to have Tankadere 3 in print by March 2013! Conventions lined up for 2013 include Emerald City Comicon and the Stumptown Comics Fest. Fanime, Sakuracon, Kawaii-kon and Kumoricon will also most likely have Tankadere presence.