FAQ

What is a comic? 

A narrative using pictures and words in sequence, with the condition that it is ‘picture-heavy’ rather than ‘word-heavy’. In other words, a text piece with a few illustrations does NOT qualify as a comic. The work must have more pictures than text, and arranged in a sequence indicating passage of time. A piece with only pictures and no text at all will definitely qualify as a comic. Of course, this is only a general rule. There are always exceptions.

What is Comix India about? 

Comix India is a self-published comics anthology series, focusing on an adult readership. It was begun in 2010 by Bharath Murthy and Kailash Iyer. Six volumes were published between 2010 and 2012, after which it went dormant until 2017. It has now been revived with Bharath Murthy as editor and Japanese manga editor  Mitsuhiro Asakawa as Editorial Adviser.
Alternative Japanese manga features as part of the content from Volume 7 onwards.
For a longer, detailed discussion on Comix India and its background, here are separate interviews with Bharath and Kailash, conducted by manga and comics historian Ryan Holmberg for his column in The Comics Journal

Our hope for the future is to turn Comix India into a regular monthly magazine.

What are the deadlines? 

There are no deadlines. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. We work individually with each artist to help them to produce their best work each time. However, deadlines will be introduced if and when the magazine becomes a regular monthly publication.

What are the page dimensions? 

Final print size is A5. However, please submit A4 or A3 sized artwork. See picture below.

Format: TIFF, grayscale

Resolution: 300 dpi

No. of pages: Between 20-40 pages, if you want to be included in the profit-sharing. This includes space for titles. Lesser than that is fine, but you won’t be part of the profit-sharing. As you can tell, our emphasis is on longer stories.

Files to send:  1- Artwork without text in zipped folder.  2- Low-res PDF with text. 

ComixIndia-final art dimensions

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Artwork at the edges of the page should extend into the edge of the page.
  • Draw final artwork on at least A4 size or ideally A3 size with the panel dimensions given above.
  • All artwork will be printed in greyscale.
  • Sound effects are to be drawn as part of the artwork. Only dialogue and other narrative text are separate from the artwork.
  • Title of the story can either be a separate page or on the top of the first page.
  • Submissions may be rejected at any stage.

All my art is in colour. Will you print them in colour? 

All story art between the covers will be in greyscale. Only cover art will be in colour. Artists may be requested to draw some colour cover art.

I have previously published work. Can I send that to you? 

Please do not send work that has already been published in other places. Read Submission Guidelines carefully before sending anything. Send story ideas first along with links to your previous work. However, if you have completed work that has not been published elsewhere, and it fits the vision of the magazine, we can take a look at it.

Can I depict sexual content? 

We look forward to erotic stories. We believe that with a little bit of creativity and cleverness, pretty much anything can be depicted. Having said that, the editor reserves the right to decide on what to publish and what to exclude.

Can I submit genre fiction ideas? 

As for genre, well-researched historical fiction, crime and mystery, action adventure and to an extent horror is okay. In all of these genres, we expect a degree of realism and factual accuracy in historical details.

Can I adapt from literature? 

Yes, you can adapt from literature, as long as you have consent from the original author, or the work is in the public domain.

What is the role of the Editorial Adviser Mitsuhiro Asakawa? 

Mitsuhiro Asakawa will help us access Japanese content to be published in Comix India, and will also give us creative editorial advice on the Indian contributions. We are hopeful that his involvement will help us increase the creative cultural exchange between Japanese manga and Indian comics.

I am not an Indian citizen. Can I contribute to Comix India

Yes. Anyone can contribute, regardless of nationality.

Who owns copyrights? 

Copyright is owned by the author/artist of the work. Comix India does not claim any rights to creative work printed in its books.

Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright?

No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and no formality is required to be completed for acquiring copyright. However, certificate of registration of copyright and the entries made therein serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

–From http://copyright.gov.in/frmFAQ.aspx

What does the copyright symbol mean?

The copyright symbol, designated by © (a circled “C”), is the symbol used to provide notice of copyright in works other than sound recordings (which are indicated with the ℗ symbol). The use of the symbol is described in United States copyright law,[1] and, internationally, by the Universal Copyright Convention.[2] The C stands for copyright.

In the United States, the copyright notice consists of three elements:

1. the © symbol, or the word “Copyright” or abbreviation “Copr.”;
2. the year of first publication of the copyrighted work; and
3. an identification of the owner of the copyright, either by name, abbreviation, or other designation by which it is generally known.[1]

The notice was once required in order to receive copyright protection in the United States, but in countries respecting the Berne convention this is no longer the case.

From — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_symbol

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