First of all: Thank you for contributing to the Sisterhood world – we are happy to see that the book has intrigued you so much that you decided to invest time and effort in order to be a part of it. And we’ll be happy to have you along for the ride, there’s just a couple of things we would like you to keep in mind before you send us your work.
If you have questions regarding these points, or would like to discuss certain deviations from these guidelines because you feel it would add to what you have in mind – feel free to let us know, we are sure that we will find a way!
Please refer (available on request) to the Sisterhood “bible” and the character sheets; unless your story does not connect directly to existing characters or storylines (e.g. stories taking part in a distant future/past). Even so, we’d rather have plots closer to the book than something that only remotely has anything to do with the Sisterhood.
– Please send in a PLOT SUMMARY of maximum one page of text in length: We don’t know how much time you have on your hands, we for our part would absolutely love to avoid reading 40 script pages only to find out that your Sisterhood story is actually about two 70-year-old potato farmer siblings in Kwasiristan.
– So far, we are pretty much at liberty to use as many pages as your story may need, so do not feel restrained by the industry-standard or merely 22 pages. That will not stop us though from making editorial suggestions if we feel certain scenes might take up more space than they are worth.
We are publishing in the traditional US comic book format of 17 x 26 cm (10 and 1/8 inches by 6 and 5/8 inches), so all of your scanned artwork EITHER should have this format – PLUS (!) 5 mm or 1/5th of an inch of trim OR the original artboard-format you drew on (including trim).
If you don’t keep the trim in mind, your artwork will be mercilessly cropped during print – sorry!
Scans should be RGB, CMYK or greyscale (NOT bitmap!), the resolution should be 300 dpi (or higher). Best file-formats are TIFF, PSD or JPEGs with little to no compression.
The rules for inkers pretty much apply for inkers too, including the trim, please do not crop the inked pages! If anything, extend your inks a couple of millimeters over the trim lines.
In order to achieve printable results, convert your colored pages to CMYK and check if all the color hues you created still work: you’d be surprised how much certain values can change between the two systems, if you haven’t experienced it before. Ideally, send us a CMYK TIFF including the aforementioned crop ( 300 dpi resolution ) and a RGB Jpeg (150 dpi). Ideally, you have read “The DC Guide to Coloring Comics” and apply the rules set up therein.
If you send us lettered pages, please make sure to include the fonts you used: There is a moment of considerable frustration in opening a file and having the system tell you, “font not found, font will be replaced by Times New Roman”. You can of course send us finished (printable!) PDFs, but we would prefer Illustrator or (ideally) Indesign files. Also, we would prefer fonts not broken down to paths as this makes it a real pain in the a$$ to correct typos.
One more thing: all black text SHOULD be black, not some weird jumble of all 4 colors (unless you know what “deep black” is in terms of printing). It should also be set to “overprint”, same goes for black lines like text bubble borders. Conversely, white text on dark background must NOT be set to “overprint” as this would make the letters disappear in print.
What are you, some kind of genius or something? Not that we’re complaining. So, if you are a one-person-army capable of shooting off a full-fledged comic – welcome to the party, just make sure that your submitted file meets all of the requirements mentioned above, especially in regard of color space, resolution, overprint and trim. We CAN fix a lot of technical mistakes, but it takes a lot of time, which will make the book late, which will make the backers angry to the point where they’ll show up on our doorsteps swinging torches and pitchforks.
Again, if you do not send printable PDFs (we will provide a spec sheet from the printer), send layout files in collected form with all linked resources and fonts.
If you have further questions regarding technical issues, do not hesitate to drop us a note, we’ll be happy to provide any info you might need!
Best regards, the SISTERHOOD Team!