Marvel, the last major comic book publisher that had an open, unsolicited submissions policy for aspiring artists and writers announced Friday that they have halted that policy effective immediately, due to "an unprecedented number of unsolicited art and writing submissions" while they review their strategies for accepting future submissions.
In a press release announcement Friday, Marvel cited their "proven track record of attracting new and emerging talent and does not plan on ending those efforts in any way."
"If you look at our track record over the last 18 months, I think you'll find the names of more new writers and artists in Marvel books than ever before. Maybe more than at any other major comic book publisher, as a matter of fact," says Marvel Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski in the announcement. "We pride ourselves on finding new voices and artistic styles to help us shape the Marvel Universe in original and exciting ways. And while the hunt for new artistic resources to help us ever expand the Marvel mythos will continue, we'll just be going about it in different ways. We've examined all our past practices concerning talent recruitment and it quickly became clear that more 'reactive' methods such as open submissions were the least effective ways to open the Marvel door for up-and-comers. So instead we'll be continuing with the more 'proactive' methods of artist and writer discovery that we've found so successful of late, including some soon-to-be-announced new outlets."
While the open submissions policy has ceased, Marvel says it will continue its active recruitment of artists through its Talent Management department. The publisher also encourages artists to bring portfolios for review to the major comic book conventions which Marvel will attend this year.
Talent Coordinator for Marvel, Chris Allo added, "In regards to finding new artists, we in the Talent Management department will still continue to look at online websites such as Deviant Art, Comic Art Community, as well as comic art blogs, and other related sites. Online comics are rapidly becoming a source for scouting as well. And, of course, we will still go to the comic book stores on Wednesdays and see what new artists are out there working for other companies and on independent books."
The publisher went on to cite the more successful methods it has employed to find new talent.
"With the successful discovery and publishing of writers in the fields of comics as well as TV, film and literature, Marvel will continue to search out new voices in all published fields, as we have for the past number of years," the announcement reads.
"As new media and means of publishing comics on the web as well as small and independent press, we encourage all new creators to continue honing their craft by using all of the tools available during this time. Marvel will be announcing a new submissions policy in the near future."
Tuesday evening , Cebsulski was a guest on Comic Book Club,a live weekly talk show that features a variety of comedy and guests from the comic book industry to discuss the week that was in comics. He discussed Marvel's new policy with the show's hosts Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. adding a little more insight into Marvel's decision. Here is an audio-only excerpt from that show...