Friday, 8 March 2013

Celebrate International Women's Day - By Becoming a Strumpet

Happy International Women's Day, folks!  Seems like the perfect time to announce the submissions guidelines for the next issue of the Strumpet.  

Good luck, ladies - and may the transatlantic odds ever be in your favor! 
Submissions Guidelines - Strumpet 3
The Tasty Issue

Deadline: Sept 1st 2013
The Strumpet is a transatlantic ladies' comic focusing on artists from the US and UK, edited by Ellen Lindner and Kripa Joshi. We're pretty loose on where our contributors come from - it's always fun to have special guests from all over the world - but strict on the fact that we publish women only. Sorry, gents!

The theme for this issue is Tasty. What do YOU think is tasty? Food, people, places, things - we're open to your interpretations of this theme. Surprise us!

We publish 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.

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. Please let us know if you are particularly interested in submitting back cover work.

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". I would 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.

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.

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

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 publication (including your own minicomics or another small press anthology), please get in touch - we may be able to work something out.

Please note:
We are having open submissions for the first time for this issue. 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 and pitch us an idea! Or ask a question. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


I am very excited to announce that I am going to be helping the indomitable Ellen Lindner as a co-editor for Strumpet #3 - the Tasty Issue! 

As someone who has been a part of the previous two issues, I am very happy to be taking a more active role in all things Strumpet. 

Ellen and I first met at a comic convention and she has been instrumental in my introduction to the comic scene in London.

For those of you who might not be aware, I am originally from Nepal. My journey towards comics started when I won a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. There I started making comics inspired by folk art traditions of Nepal and India and created the character of Miss Moti, a plump woman whose fertile imagination frequently blurs the line between fantasy and reality.

Since 2008 my husband and I have lived in London. Besides making comics I work part time as an Art Technician in a secondary school and also conducts art/comic workshops for children.

This connection between the US and UK makes the trans-atlantic nature of the Strumpet all the more special!

I look forward to working with all of you to make this issue the best yet!:)