What is Grendel?
Matt Wagner’s “Grendel” is a seminal indie comic that changed the landscape upon publication and has influenced generations of creators to explore the multi-layered, esoteric instincts, obsessions and dark fixations that drive us all.
From the shadows of a megalomaniac’s mind to the far reaches of the known universe, Grendel endures. We’d like to show the archetype a little love to celebrate the publication of “Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey” and examine what “Grendel” means to us all.
What draws Grendel to us, and us to Grendel? Examine the Grendel within. Tell us your story. Tell us what you love, what you hate, what drives you, what burns inside of you, what keeps that red thread pulsing between you and the masked void?
Violence begets violence. This is a series with adult themes, and this is a zine with adult themes. That said, celebrating gratuitous violence, racism, homophobia and bigotry for the sake of it is not the aim.
We know the difference between exploring themes and glorifying hate. Craft your work wisely.
The Final Product & Accountability
A digital copy (.PDF format) and a limited, hand-bound print run (TBD, dependent on volume of submissions).
We are not offering compensation for submissions, and this zine will be distributed for free. We encourage interested parties to donate to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for spiritual brownie points, but it won’t be a requirement to receive a copy.
We are all busy people – freelancers, 9-to-5ers alike – and we deserve to be compensated for our labor. This piece is 100% fan-driven and produced. Because we cannot offer compensation at this time, please consider this carefully before submitting a pitch.
Ideas and pitches are due by March 31st, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org or Cabbage Comics on Twitter. Send your questions that way as well.
We’ll update this page with submissions & production deadlines and updates after pitches are in.
Accepting any & all mediums that can be printed on a piece of paper – pin-ups, illustrations, photography, collages, hybrid pieces, etc.
BLACK, WHITE AND RED PREFERRED
Final physical zine will be 5.5″ x 8.5″ (a folded 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper) with sewn and/or stapled binding – consider this before you pitch a spread!
Final digital copy will be in .PDF format.
Accepting poetry, essays, experimental & hybrid prose
Prose submissions should not exceed 800 words
Poetry/experimental submissions should not exceed three (3) 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages
See size parameters in art guidelines above
Accepting comics, cut-ups, illustrated prose and all things in between
Comics should not exceed four (4) 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages
Let’s get weird.
All Grendel, Dark Horse Comics characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are trademarks of and copyright Dark Horse Comics, Matt Wagner or their respective owners. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.