Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Friend of the Strumpet? Submit a Story For Our Next Issue!

Welcome to The Strumpet Issue 4!  

Submissions Guidelines


About:
The Strumpet is a transatlantic ladies' comic focusing on artists from the US and UK, edited by Ellen Lindner (as well as, in prior issues, Jeremy Day and Kripa Joshi). 

Despite ENORMOUS progress made by women in comics in the last two decades, we still feel that there’s a bit of a lag between the number of women we know who are doing comics (a lot) and those who are getting published regularly (not always a lot). We think that the existence of more avenues for ladies to publish their comics can only be a good thing.  Over the last three issues, The Strumpet has further defined her mission: in addition to printing work from some of the best established lady cartoonists out there, she has dedicated herself to encouraging the next generation whenever possible - hence our policy of open submissions. 

We're pretty loose on where our contributors come from - it's always fun to have special guests from all over the world - but exceedingly strict on the fact that we publish women only. Sorry, gents! 

Theme:
The theme for this issue is Female Friendship (working title: The BFF Issue). We're looking for stories that bring female friendships to life, as lived by women (as opposed to the guys who write 95% of romantic comedies!)  Fiction, non-fiction, we want it all, 1-3 pages for newbies, 1-6 pages for folks we've published in the past.  When you have a page count, please shoot The Strumpet an email at strumpetcomic at gmail dot com so I can get a sense of how many pages we're looking at.

Deadline:
September 1.  No exceptions! (Seriously, anyone who's been in The Strumpet before can tell you - we are an annual publication, and the only way to stay that way is to enforce the deadline.)

Proportions:
The Strumpet publishes simultaneously in Britain and America. The sizes are:
British: B5, 176 x 250 mm
American: 7 x 10 in
When you're designing your pages, just pick the measurement you prefer - they're close enough so that they're pretty much interchangeable.

Medium:
Black & White or Greyscale.
If you are shading digitally, please use only one tone of 40% grey. This will give the issue a nifty unified look! Folks who use watercolor, gouache, etc. - don't worry, just do your thing.

There is also a spot available for a full-color comic for the back cover, a spot filled in the past by such luminaries as Megan Kelso, Kripa Joshi and Kristyna Baczynski. Please let us know if you are particularly interested in submitting back cover work.




Bleed: 
Yes, you can do a bleed. The size of the page in InDesign is 7.25 x
10.25" (including the printer's trim space - that's the .25" extra),
with an approximately  margin of .5" all the way round (within that
measurement - so the non-margin area is 6.75 x 9.75".  Please keep any
vital information - text or drawing - within the non-margin portion of
the page.


IMPORTANT: when you deliver your files, please name them with your last name in the file name, plus the page number: ie, quimby_1.jpg   We receive a lot of files called things like "1.jpg" or "strumpet_1.jpg"  If you want your files to be considered, please make them easy for us to download and find.

Format:
For this issue, the maximum page count is 6 pages. We want to be able to squeeze in as many Strumpets as possible!
For those contributing for the first time, the maximum page count will be 3 pages.

We strongly prefer that stories submitted be lettered by hand - we make exceptions, as you’ll see from prior issues, but it’s also the biggest thing we give our artists grief over.





Submission:
Files should be a minimum of 400 dpi (anything up to 600 dpi greyscale or 1200 dpi bitmap lineart is excellent)
When you first submit, please send legible jpg's only. We will request for hi-res files only once we have reviewed and chosen the artwork. You can send submissions to strumpetcomic at gmail dot com

The Strumpet requests that any stories be new material, and that we are able to publish it in exclusivity for six months from the date of this issue's publication. If you have a pre-existing story that you feel is just perfect and has not appeared in another anthology, please get in touch - we may be able to work something out.

Please note:
As noted above,  The Strumpet's policy is open submissions.  Therefore, it is possible that we will receive more stories than we can print.
We apologize in advance for any disappointment this may cause. We may also decline to publish stories because we don’t feel that they fit with this issue. It’s a Strumpet’s prerogative to choose, but we will do our best to be fair.

Compensation for stories of 1-3 pages in length will be two copies of the finished comic; for stories 4-6 pages in length artists will receive three copies of the finished comic.

If all of this sounds good, please get in touch with us at strumpetcomic at gmail.com and pitch us an idea! Or ask a question. We look forward to hearing from you.  (Also, don't forget our nifty FAQ!)


See you Strumpetland!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Strumpet Loves the Feminist Zine Fair NYC at Barnard College!



Editrix Ellen here! This past weekend I had a blast at the Feminist Zine Fair at Barnard College, a great show organized by Barnard students and library personnel. I LOVE zines - the first comics I made were IN zines - and I was so pleased to see the great stuff that's out there in all its photocopied glory.

Repping for The Strumpet is always a pleasure, and I met lots of cool folks like Jennifer Camper, Edith Carron, Barnard librarian Jenna Freedman, Annie Mok and the ladies behind Happiness Comix.

I was gutted to miss the zine library tour (gotta tend the table!), but better luck next year! :)

The folks behind this great fair are trying to raise some cash to bring a zine librarian of color to an upcoming conference, The Zine Librarian Unconference. If you want to support the great work the zine librarians of Barnard College are doing to keep this amazing artform documented and available for scholarly research (not to mention artistic inspiration!), drop some dollars in their collection box - there's a whole blog post about the initiative here.

I hope to see you next year, Barnardians! Thanks for a great day.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Strumpet Hayley Gold in the New World War 3 Illustrated!


Strumpet Hayley Gold is in the new issue of World War 3 Illustrated!

This issue, "Before and After", includes Hayley's brilliant memoir Nervosa, about her hospitalization for anorexia.  

This is must-read stuff - a wrenching story of a near death experience told with Hayley's trademark interwoven page design and total honesty.

Visit World War 3 to buy this new issue - or grab your own copy of the original minicomic of Nervosa, from Hayley's Etsy.  Highly recommended!  

Thursday, 2 January 2014

We're Blushing! Thanks, Autostraddle!

Artwork for Autostraddle's Drawn to Comics column, by the amazing Rory Midhani


Thanks so much to Mey Rude and Autostraddle for a Drawn to Comics review of Strumpet 3 that made us blush!  On behalf of our artists, thanks for spreading the word! 

An excerpt:

"I’m really a fan of what The Strumpet is accomplishing. In a time when DC and Marvel comics each have less than 15% of their artist and writer positions filled by women, it’s extremely refreshing and necessary for a collection of comics like this to exist. Not only does it give readers a place where we can find creative and talented ladies who make comics, but it also gives those ladies a chance to be published and get their names out there....this is really an excellent collection, and I’m looking forward to purchasing and reading the previous volumes and any future ones that they put out."

 Like I said, blush-worthy!

Well, a Strumpet's work is never done.  Believe it or not, we've already got our thinking caps on for issue 4!  Dig Strumpet 3?  Fancy maybe contributing something yourself next time?  "Like" our Facebook page and you'll be up to date on all the submission info as soon as it's announced. 



Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Didn't Kickstart? Buy Yourself a Copy of The Strumpet Today!

Ever since the lovely London and NYC launches of The Strumpet 3: The Tasty Issue, we have been fielding questions on how fans who did not preorder The Strumpet 3 could grab a copy of their very own. Well, your pleas did not fall on deaf ears and we are happy to announce that you can now purchase a copy of The Strumpet 3 at our Etsy Store!

So nice to see all three Strumpets together!

Likewise, if you missed out on picking up a copy of the Strumpet 1 or 2, you can also purchase those at the Etsy store!

Our Etsy operators are at the ready....make your order today! 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Strumpet Launch NYC!!!! TONIGHT!!!!

Hey all!  Party in NYC, tonight, Tuesday November 12th!
 Spend your snow day with the Strumpets:
and editor Ellen Lindner
plus prose contributors Anna Knutson-Geller and Josh Geller!  

Party starts at 7PM and goes until LATE - see you there!  

PS There will be cake...

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Presenting the artists of the Strumpet 3: Lauren O'Farrell (Deadly Knitshade)

We Strumpets are sooooo excited for our Gosh! launch this Friday (Nov. 8th) and our NYC launch (Nov. 12th).  But in the meantime - let's keep talkin' Strumpet!  

Lauren O’Farrell, a.k.a Deadly Knitshade, is a author, artist, graffiti knitting pioneer, traveller, photographer and giant squid wrestler. She took up knitting to get through her three-year battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and emerged as the founder of the UK’s largest craft community, a pioneer in the world of graffiti knitting, and a published author.

Founder of the knitting collective Knit the City, she has also authored the UK's first graffiti knitting book, Knit the City: A Whodunnknit Set in London. Don't forget to visit her website and Knit the City's website, and follow her on twitter @deadlyknitshade

A few of her tastier creations can be found in the endpapers of Strumpet 3.  Here are some samples from this series of knitted cuties, as photographed on the streets of NYC by British-based photographer Jack Kirby: