New Additions to the Guidelines are in bold.
Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The intention of Covered is to feature a wide variety of artists redoing
comic covers in their own style. Artists can come from any field: cartoonists
/ comic artists (both from the mainstream and the independent fringes),
illustrators, animators, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors,
etc. and be both well known or up and coming.
Any comic cover is acceptable to redraw for the Covered blog. It can be
any genre from any country. Anything from a 60’s underground to
a Chick tract; from Japanese manga, to French/Belgian bande dessinée
to an American superhero comic. You are the one who decides and it is
that decision that is part of the fun for the viewer. To help with the
gray areas, a photo cover for a comic would be acceptable, as would a
book collection of newspaper strips. Things that wouldn’t work is
a Jack Davis film poster. He is a cartoonist, but it needs to be a comic.
Same thing for Charles Burns’s cover to Upton Sinclair’s The
Jungle. Also, this isn’t a parody cover site. There’s
nothing wrong with parody but it’s a different thing then what this
blog is about. Hopefully that makes things crystal clear.
The most interesting redos seem to be a juxtaposition of styles. Try taking
on a cover that is a little out of your comfort zone. If you have been
the regular penciler on Amazing Spider-man for a few years and
redraw Amazing Fantasy 15, it’s not as interesting as if
you did Yummy Fur (which would be mind-blowing).
I would prefer if you waited to post your cover on your own blog or another
message board until its been posted on Covered. Once it’s on Covered
for a second, feel free to post it wherever you would like as often as
you like. I just want to avoid Covered being a destination for images
that have already been all over the web.
Please don’t add extra information, like your website, to your cover
image. I’ll provide a link to your site within the text. I’m trying
to keep things as clean and about the covers as possible. Also, the file should be 72 dpi and between 12 and 15" high (30 - 40cm). Large files are good for print, but just makes extra work for me on a blog.
This is an all ages site, so keep that in mind. I don’t have a problem
with nudity, but explicit sex would be a problem. The line is pretty liberal,
but use your head.
It would make my job a lot easier if you could provide a link to the comics.org
entry of the comic you have redrawn. That provides me with an image of
the original cover, the credit for the original cover’s artist(s),
as well as publisher and year of publication. I know it doesn’t
take long to hunt down, but when you do a lot of these, all of these steps
If you would like to sell your original, send me a link where it can be
purchased and I will link to it in the text of the post.
I should also add that I have a full-time job in animation and then try to draw comics and do occasional illustration work in my free time. I also like to spend time with friends and family and then run Covered. As much I would like it to be differently, it can take me a little while to get back to you. I try to do it in under 2 weeks, but sometimes I fail.
Lastly, I have been getting a lot of submissions, which is great. I have
expanded how often there is a new post to Monday – Friday. However,
I am still getting so many that I have to reject some. This is my least
favorite part of doing this blog because as someone who has been rejected
more times than I can count, I know what it’s like to be on the
other side. Decisions on what I choose to run and not run are based purely
on my tastes and what I think is best for the blog. I will try to get
back to everyone in a timely manner because the one thing I hate more
than being rejected is not getting the courtesy of being rejected and
not hearing back. I’ll do everything I can to avoid doing that.
That’s pretty much it. I have found doing these to be a lot of fun
and a nice breather between projects.