HOW DO I GET MY COMIC REVIEWED?
Assuming you self-published, or your comic was made by a small-press publisher, you may have to do more heavy lifting when it comes to getting your comic reviewed. Luckily, there are people and websites devoted to reviewing indie comics, like yours. I’ll list a few at the end of this article.
Usually, you can simply send them a tweet or an email asking them if they would like to review your comic. Most of the time, they’ll say yes!
It’s that simple.
Often, the files are pretty large, so creators will host them on Google Drive or Dropbox and send a link. That works just fine for us. (However, you’ll want to make sure to limit their access so they can’t delete them by mistake!) Don’t worry too much about selling your comic. You want to talk confidently about it, but this isn’t a pitch. Let the work speak for itself.
*Pipedream Comics also has great review guidelines if you’re looking for a second opinion or a simpler list.
WHAT IF I EMAIL A REVIEWER BUT DON’T HEAR BACK?
If they don’t respond, don’t lose hope. Most of us review comics on top of our day jobs and everything else going on in our lives. If you have the time to spare, give it a week, then try reaching out again if you still haven’t heard anything. Sometimes, silence is a way declining the opportunity and avoiding conflict. It’s not great, but it can be difficult to tell someone that the project that they spent so much time on isn’t to a quality that they would recommend to others.
There are so many comics out there, a lot of reviewers prefer to review comics we would recommend to others instead of spending time writing a negative review. Other reviewers may be honest and give you feedback. It’s up to you to decide to take their notes or leave them. Just because someone’s a critic, it doesn’t mean they’re an expert, and it doesn’t make them right.
8 IMPORTANT THINGS TO GIVE YOUR REVIEWER
When you’re asking a critic to review your comic, there are things that help us do our job. At bare minimum, we need to see the comic, and we need to know who the creative team is. But if you truly want to take advantage of the review, you’ll utilize more than a few of the checklist items below:
- Your comic
- The full creative team and their roles, especially if not listed in the comic itself (Ex: Matt Ligeti – Writer, Creator, Comic Book Yeti/DrivingCreators – Art, Letters/Optimus Prime – Colors)
- Your elevator pitch (One or two sentences about the comic)
- More detailed information about the comic (where the story is going, what it’s about overall, what comics or other popular media it’s similar to, when it will be released, what it will cost, if there are past issues to read and links for those, any awards it’s won or been nominated for, the press release for the comic, if it had one
- Trigger warnings for the comic (some readers and reviewers need a content warning for sensitive subject matter – learn more about what kind of content needs a warning from the Geek Feminism Wiki)
- Got a webcomic? Pick a day/entry as the final one for your reviewer, like the end of a story arc. It makes it easier to review a story when there’s an ending of some kind, and helps define what part of the comic was critiqued for anyone reading the review later on.
- Your deadline. If you have a Kickstarter running or your comic hits shelves by a certain date and you want the review out before then, tell us! Many of us review many comics at a time, and deadlines help us prioritize
- Where people can buy it (Is it digital only? Can they order a print edition, or do they have to ask their LCS? Does it have a Diamond Code?)
- Art (ex: a .jpg of the comic’s cover, approved image(s) to show interior art, any videos or other PR-worthy media)
- Information about the creative team (What other projects may creators want to plug? Is this anyone’s first comic they’ve made? Is this someone’s first time acting as writer, editor, letterer, etc? Were you or your collaborators inspired by any media while making this comic? Do they work a day job? What is it? Are there other fun facts, like someone once won the lottery, or something?
- Who reviewers should contact for interviews or more information, Twitter handles, or other contact information
WHAT DO I DO AFTER I GET MY COMIC REVIEWED?
Reviews are great, but what do you do with them? Well, if it’s a good review, shout about it from the rooftops…proverbially speaking, of course. Get on social media, and share, retweet, repost, reblog. If you don’t have a website, consider making one, and collecting your reviews there, like a dragon hoarding shiny gold. Pull quotes from it and use them wherever you can to show others your comic is worthwhile.
If the review isn’t so good? Learn from your mistakes. Creators rarely get worse with practice. Quote the good parts, so long as it’s not out of context. Either way, keep in touch with reviewers! They can be a good resource to have.
WHO CAN I SEND MY COMIC TO?
Looking for other critics to review your comic? Here are some reviewers who will check out your work, along with their websites and Twitter handles.
- Matt Ligeti, The Comic Book Yeti – ComicBookYeti.com – @ComicBookYeti
- David Lyons – drivingcreators.net– @LyonsdenCS – @drivingcreators
- Indie Comix – indiecomix.net– @Indie_ComiX
- Christa Harader – KCComics.com – Outright Geekery & more – @cabbagecomics
- The Valkyries – TheValkyries.co – @valkyriesblog
- Dave Stewart – WorldComicBookReview.com – @DStewartsTweets
- Pipedream Comics – PipedreamComics.co.uk – @pipedreamcomics
- Sirens of Sequentials – officialsirensofsequentials.com – @SSequentials
- The Pullbox – ThePullbox.com – @ThePullbox
- Ben Howard – UnderTheInk.net – @ScaryCleve
- Will Nevin – @willnevin
- James Kniseley – @ValonSC
- A Place to Hang Your Cape – ap2hyc.com – @AP2HYC
- The Modern Gafa – ModernGafa.com – @TheModernGafa
- Johnny Hughes – ComicCrusaders.com – @johnnyhughes70
- Max Battistella – ArgentiumComics.Wordpress.com – @Ixam_Letsi
- Luke Martinez – @lukelovescomics
- Comic Art Festival Podcast – ComicArtPodcast.uk – @ComicArtFestPod
- Clare Hemsworth – FANdemoniumNetwork.com– @CiaraCobb
- Robbie Billups – Pop Culture Philosophers – @TheRockinRobbie
- Dustin Grey – Sirens of Sequentials and Regina Community Radio – @JustDrawnRadio
- Comics Academy – Comics Academy on YouTube – @ComicsAcademyX
- Anthony Composto – Monkeys Fighting Robots – @The_Great_Ace
- Jake Palermo – Gutternaut – @JacobDPalermo
- Jonathan Pilley – Omnicomic – @omnicomic
- Samantha Maybe – SANDBOX – @SamanthaMaybe
- Joshua Bermont – freelance – @JoshuaBermont