Good Comics x SAS x TOP Magazine: Submissions open for an exciting new print zine for young creators

Hello comics fans!

Now that we’ve finished fulfilling our 2021 new releases Kickstarter and caught our breath, we’re excited to share some more detail about our next project with you. It’s something new for us, and it’s a great collaboration between us and two exciting youth-led outfits. Our aim at Good Comics is always to champion new voices and to promote the work of up-and-coming comics creators, and we have a new partnership this year that will help with this in a big way.

TOP Magazine approached us last year and asked if we’d like to work with them on a zine, and it was clear immediately that this was a great fit, as they also have the aim of sharing the work of new creators - specifically with a focus on young creators and nurturing young talent. They’re based in Toronto, which was also serendipitous for us, as we’re big fans of the Toronto Blue Jays! They provide a platform for artists aged 12-21 and help to create projects not just in comics, but in photography, writing and other media too.

You can see some of the brilliant work they’ve put out on their website, including their Quarantine Corner, which collects articles, essays, journals and art on social isolation and the impact of Covid-19 on society. As well as the support for young talent, we also love that they use their work to promote activism and positive change. Their work makes us feel like the future is bright!

And if working with TOP wasn’t cool enough already, this is a three-way partnership, as we’re also working with Student Art Spaces (SAS). SAS is a youth-led organization that aims to amplify student voices in art through gallery exhibitions and art events, and it has local chapters all over the world - including one here in London.

SAS have linked up with TOP to collaborate on a forthcoming zine promoting young creators, and we’re stoked to be printing and distributing it later this year!

Interested in submitting, or know someone who might be?

There are two ways to submit to the zine: an open submission for anyone, or a London-specific submission under the theme of 'departure.'

Worldwide open submissions

Artwork, comics and other illustrated content submissions for the zine are now open to artists aged 13-23, and you can find out more about the submissions process here. There is no theme for your submission, so if you’re aged 13-23 and working on something cool, you should definitely submit! You DO NOT need to submit finished artwork. You can fill out the form attached to the submission details with your info, art samples/your portfolio, and details about what you’d like to illustrate for the publication. If your submission is accepted, TOP will reach out to you and help you with the curation of your art for the Comic Zine.

London-based themed submissions on 'departure'

You can also apply directly to the London branch of SAS by sending a pitch for your comic to their specific email address, including:

  • 2 paragraph summary of your comic under the theme of 'departure'

  • rough concept sketches of the comic/illustration

  • samples of your artwork OR a link to your portfolio

Check out their Instagram for more details.

All submissions are open until 9am Friday 30th April 2021!

We’ll share some more updates on the project as it progresses, but you should also follow TOP and follow SAS to keep up with the great work they’re doing. We’re very excited to be working with both of them.

Until next time!

- Paddy, Sam & Rozi