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Chris Ungar
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« on: 07-10-2007 16:58 »
« Last Edit on: 08-06-2007 00:00 »

Hi everybody! Just wanted to get the word out that Bongo Comics is looking for pencillers and inkers to work on our line of books, (Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Futurama Comics, Super Spectacular, etc.).  We are not looking to publish any original material, and you must be 18 or over.

Send your submissions to:

Bongo Comics
c/o Nathan Kane
PO Box 1963
Santa Monica, CA 90406-1963

Or if you’re so inclined, you can send a pdf of your samples to portfolios@bongocomics.com. Please keep files under 7mb in size.

If your submission is what we’re looking for, you will be sent a pencil or inking test, as appropriate. Please be aware that we will not be able to return any submissions sent to us, so send us photocopies of your work. Thanks!
ivan_fry

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« Reply #1 on: 07-10-2007 20:47 »
« Last Edit on: 07-10-2007 20:47 »

Agh! I'd love to do that, but I'm underage. Do you reckon I'd be able to send something in in another year and a half, or will applications be closed?

EDIT: Is this only open to people in the US?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #2 on: 07-10-2007 20:50 »
« Last Edit on: 07-10-2007 20:50 »

I'd love to, but I haven't done any Futurama artwork for years. Anyway I'm probably not good enough if I'm honest about it... I have a Futurama Comic idea of my own that if I get off my lazy ass and ever make, then whenever that will be (probably years...) I'll send you a sample and if you like it and you're still looking then, well just maybe... I need to prove to myself that I'm capable before I prove it to anybody else though...
Bendo

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« Reply #3 on: 07-11-2007 00:55 »

I would love to as well but I lack talent.. and drive... and did I mention talent?
RM
PS, hi Chris.  smile
dru26

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« Reply #4 on: 07-11-2007 07:48 »

I would also uh love to but I'm to young but I've got my own comic book idea anyway. Its kind of like futurama and it's called:
            "screwed up FAIRY TALES"
Chris Ungar
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« Reply #5 on: 07-11-2007 08:31 »

 
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Originally posted by ivan_fry:
Agh! I'd love to do that, but I'm underage. Do you reckon I'd be able to send something in in another year and a half, or will applications be closed?

EDIT: Is this only open to people in the US?

We never really close applications, we just don't go out and solicit very often, so feel free to send us something when you're a little older. In the meantime, practice, practice, practice!  smile
Oh, and you don't need to live in the US to work for us. A lot of our artists don't live anywhere near our offices.

And feel free to pass the word around if you know someone who might be interested!

Hi Bendo! Good to see you!
ivan_fry

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« Reply #6 on: 07-12-2007 01:45 »
« Last Edit on: 07-12-2007 01:45 »

   
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Originally posted by Chris Ungar:
 We never really close applications, we just don't go out and solicit very often, so feel free to send us something when you're a little older. In the meantime, practice, practice, practice!     smile
Oh, and you don't need to live in the US to work for us. A lot of our artists don't live anywhere near our offices.

Hooray, you've made my day!    smile

Sorry for all the questions, but does Bongo allow people to submit scripts too?

Good to see folks from Bongo on here, by the way. Last person I saw was Ian Boothby over at the ol' NHC months ago.
Chris Ungar
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« Reply #7 on: 07-12-2007 08:22 »

Sorry, but we're not looking for scripts. Just pencils and inks.

And no need to apologize for the questions. I'm more than happy to answer whatever I can about this!
ivan_fry

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« Reply #8 on: 07-12-2007 18:57 »

 
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Originally posted by Chris Ungar:
Sorry, but we're not looking for scripts. Just pencils and inks.

And no need to apologize for the questions. I'm more than happy to answer whatever I can about this!

Alright, thanks for that. I'll be sure to try and improve my skills over the next year or so  wink

saucie

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« Reply #9 on: 07-16-2007 20:09 »

What's supposed to be in the portfolio if Bongo's not looking for original work?
Chris Ungar
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« Reply #10 on: 07-17-2007 08:19 »

My apologies for that being unclear. In my original post, I wanted to let people know that we weren't looking to "publish" anyone's original work, not that we didn't want to see it as a sample of what you can do.
As far as what you should submit…drawings that are Simpsons or Futurama related would be great, of course, but they don't have to be if you don't have any handy. Ideally, any non-Simpsons/Futurama art would be of other licensed creations, so we can see your ability to draw to a particular model. But any art is fine, because although we'll use these drawings to check out your general skill level, we will more importantly be looking closely at your Sequential Art/storytelling skills, so we don't want to receive just pinup or spot illustrations. And then, as I mentioned previously, if your submission is what we’re looking for, you will be sent a pencil or inking test, as appropriate, which will focus more on your ability to draw our characters to model.
Hope that's a little clearer!  smile
Nicky boy

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« Reply #11 on: 07-17-2007 15:04 »

i would try if i was a lot older and if i lived nearer.
coldangel

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« Reply #12 on: 07-19-2007 17:28 »

I might send them a bunch of my stuff.
It's gritty, more realistic and Manga-ish, so probably not of interest to them... but you never know your luck.
Marcus
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« Reply #13 on: 07-19-2007 21:20 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2007 21:20 »

Hi Chris - I want to waste as few people's time as possible (including mine     tongue ).

I draw in a groening-y style to this kind of level -

Is that somewhere _approaching_ the level Bongo wants, or would I be wasting my time in sending in an actual portfolio? (I do draw in pencil, I just don't have an example handy on this pc! Only got this lined one) A "get lost, loser, _no one_ needs that" won't hurt my feelings, don't worry, please be honest!

If you're not in a position to give such a definitive answer, no worries     smile I just want to have even a _vague_ notion of the kind of on-modelness required.
Chris Ungar
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« Reply #14 on: 07-20-2007 10:07 »

Unfortunately Marcus, it's not my area to critique artwork, so I can't really answer your question. Our Art Director makes all those calls. I would say it's never a waste of time to send us something from your portfolio, however. The worse thing that can happen is that we decide we can't use you. On the other hand, you could end up with a job. You won't know unless you send us something.  smile

And everyone should realize that it's not always just a question of us looking at a submission, seeing how on model it is, and making a decision only from that one criteria. An artist could be a little off-model, but have good layout skills, or vice versa, and we would give them a try, feeling that they've shown enough of what we're looking for that we can work with them and try to bring them along the rest of the way.

Our email address is portfolios@bongocomics.com, Marcus. I'm looking forward to getting your submission.  smile
Marcus
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« Reply #15 on: 07-20-2007 14:43 »

Thanks for replying so quickly and clarifying (again!) the criteria  smile I'll have a look and see if I've kept any storyboard-drawings, if they're up to scratch...

If a portfolio arrives from me, it's officially your fault, now...  wink

Thanks again for your time.
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