LOOKING FOR FUTURE TOKYOPOP ARTIST

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LOOKING FOR FUTURE TOKYOPOP ARTIST

Postby jasonbadower on Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:13 pm

As some of you may know I am the Art Director for Spacedog, an LA based studio that develops Intellectual Property in comics and other media. We work mainly with Top Cow but recently we’ve cemented a publishing deal with TokyoPop for several projects.

One of the projects TokyoPop is interested in is called LUCY, which is to be written by JAn and art directed by myself. The hunt is on for a professional, fast manga artist. Ideally JAn and I are looking for a more scratchy, kinetic, noisy sort of manga similar to Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal) or Goseki Kojima (Lone Wolf and Cub).

We’d love to give an Aussie a break (also being able to drive around to your house and kick your ass if your deadlines are slipping is helpful too). =)

FAQ:

1. PAY: This is a fully funded project according to a standard Tokyopop budget.

2. SIZE: Lucy will be a 160 page graphic novel. Tokyopop are encouraging a second and third graphic novel from the idea.

3. FORMAT: 160pages black and white. If you do your own toning then that will be included in your budget also. Lettering too. Basically, the more you can do, the more you get paid.

4. RESUME: Please enclose a resume of your printed and unprinted work. Any links to any websites you have artwork up at. This will provide additional information about you if we’re really interested.

5. EMAIL: Please enclose all 8 pages of art (5 sequential and 3 character designs, see below) and a word document of links and resume as a ZIP or RAR file and email them to:

jbadower@bigpond.net.au

6. DEADLINE: You have until Friday the 30th to get this to me.

7. SPECS: Here’s what you will need to do if you are interested:

1. Provide 5 pages of sequential art in the style that you intend to draw the book in.

The content of the art is up to you. But it must be 5 consecutive pages of a story. We will lean towards modern day, gritty urban settings in helping to make our evaluation.

I want fully INKED work. If you choose to team up with an inker then the budget is simply accorded to your team and you divide it up as you see fit. I will NOT be pairing pencillers with inkers. If you can pencil and ink, even better… more money for you.

Those of you complaining that you only have a week to draw 5 pages can consider these two things: 1. I want someone fast. 2. I want someone who has already work. If you don’t have 5 pages lying around that you’re happy with then you might not be our ideal artist. If this is your case and can’t hammer ‘em out in a week then you also might not be our ideal artist. This is a professional deadline driven project for someone who’s ready for the break.


2. Three character sketches/designs from the following descriptions. I’m looking for a headshot (exploring character) and then a full body shot of the character (exploring their wardrobe).

LUCY:

20 years old. Cute and perky. Quite short and petite with short
blonde hair. More often than not she is smiling, but it's knowing
smile not a goofy one. Her wardrobe is whatever 20yo around you are
wearing: skirts, pants, t-shirts, blouses. Nothing too trendy so as
not to date it, but nothing really bland either. Apart from being
cute, Lucy is actually quite generic for obvious reasons.

A pretty young girl in her early 20s. Upbeat and always
cheerful, she’s the sort of girl who’d run out of water in the desert
and make a joke about it. Given a choice she will always look on the
bright side of any situation, and with no choice she’ll do her
hardest to find the bright side anyway. Lucy is also Lucifer, the
Lord of Hell; tired of ruling Hell, she is seeking redemption and her
rightful place back at God’s side.

MICHELLE:

Tall, brunette, severe. Long hair tied black. Michelle is
stylish without being either outrageous or old-fashioned. She is
striking and people do not forget her presence - unless she wants
them to. She dresses in dark colours, long coats - not leather or
PVC, use wool, linen, etc instead. She is always wearing stylish,
thin leather gloves. (All of the angels wear gloves, whether it's
because they don't want to or cannot touch the Earth is not known.)

Beautiful, competent and completely devoted to performing
God’s will, Michelle is the Archangel Michael. Almost completely
inscrutable, she will let nothing stand in the way of her performing
her assigned duty. As an archangel she is also God’s last resort,
once unleashed she has no subtlety or finesse; she is the
sledgehammer that brings down the house in order to kill a fly.

GABRIEL:

Late 20s. Imagine every cool mafia guy, every cool hitman
you've ever seen and that's what Gabriel looks like. Slick suits,
slick hair, slick car. Under the suits he's covered in Enochian
tattoos, which show beneath his wife-beater singlet. Give him a
goatee if it suits the look you're going for. He's brash, he's cocky
and it reflects in the way he stands and handles himself.

Another of God’s favourites, Gabriel has been assigned to
look after Hell in Lucy’s absence. He wants Lucifer to take her
rightful place back in Hell as much as anyone and has the powers of
Hell to help him realise that goal.

***

Please note that JAn and I DO NOT have final say over who is accepted by Tokyopop. Our goal is to take the submissions that we like from the artists that we want to work with, pitch them at Tokyopop and let them make the final decision.

Good luck!

Jason Badower
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Postby Christian on Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:31 pm

Hey, congrats on the gig Jason and luck in finding an artist!
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Postby Egofreaky on Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:15 am

*sigh* I'm sorry the OzTAKUs aren't more responsive to this...

Considering that this is a paid gig, and with Tokyopop no less, imagine how difficult a time I have getting work out of them for free...
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