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Frequently Asked Questions
Will Fantagraphics publish my comic?
Fantagraphics Books publishes comics for thinking readers - readers who like to put their minds to work, who have a sophisticated understanding of art and culture, and appreciate personal expression unfettered by uncritical use of cliché. Fantagraphics will practically always reject any submissions that fit neatly into (or combine in a gimmicky fashion) the mainstream genres of superhero, vigilante, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. While some of our publications are suitable for young readers, we do not publish children's picture books.
Take note of the originality and diversity of the themes and approaches to drawing in such Fantagraphics titles as Love & Rockets
(stories of life in Latin America and Chicano L.A. which draw on influences as diverse as Luis Buñuel, Frida Kahlo, and Hank Ketcham
(journalistic autobiography in the Middle East); Eightball
(surrealism mixed with kitsch culture in stories alternately humorous and painfully personal); and our Ignatz series
of comics (contemplative literary pieces that explore the limits of the medium). Try to develop your own, equally individual voice; originality, aesthetic maturity, and graphic storytelling skill are the signs by which Fantagraphics judges whether or not your submission is ripe for publication.
Will you look at my illustration portfolio?
We do not hire illustrators or pair artists with writers. We are looking for independently-created, publishable work (see "What should I submit?" below).
What formats do you publish?
We publish books of all dimensions and page counts (within reason) — there is no standard format. In recent years we have published very few comics in the standard comic book format (6-5/8" wide by 10-1/4" tall; 24, 32, or 48 pages plus covers, one-shot or series), though we certainly don't rule that out. The format should serve the story.
We want to see an idea that is fully fleshed-out in your mind, at least, if not on paper. Please submit a minimum of five pages of completed art (high-quality reproductions only, please — no original art!) so that we can get an idea of what you deem a finished product and so that we can adequately evaluate your skill at blending visual and textual storytelling elements. Please also include a synopsis of your storyline and indicate the length of the work (projected final page count). Please note that we do NOT look at work submitted in digital format, whether via internet (email, web, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or disc.
Fantagraphics is an independent company with a modus operandi different from larger, factory-like corporate comics publishers. If your talents are limited to a specific area of expertise (i.e. writing, inking, pencilling etc.), then you will need to develop your own team before submitting a project to us. No matter how brilliant your idea, we will not pair you with another creator.
How and where should I send my submission? When will I hear back?
We do not assume responsibility for unsolicited submissions. This means sending nothing that you'd mind us throwing away, since we have neither the room to store rejected submissions nor the manpower to return them. Any return postage included with submissions should be considered forfeit to us.
Do not send original art, portfolios, or other expensive packages. Sending your work by any of the various express-mailing services will not speed our decision, so please save your money. Again, we do not look at digital and/or electronically transmitted submissions — printed material only, please.
Unless your submission is so brilliant we jump at the opportunity to publish it or, slightly less brilliant but good enough for us to want to keep our eye on you for a future project, due to a lack of manpower, it is unlikely we will reply. Repeatedly contacting us to check on the status of your submission will be futile (and may annoy us).
While we request that you include a cover letter (stating your name, address, etc.) with your submission, we need no resumé — your work stands or falls on its own merits.
Address all submissions to:
Submissions Editor, c/o Fantagraphics Books, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 USA.
Why should I buy direct from you guys?
We know you have a lot of options when purchasing our publications and we're big supporters of the "Direct Market" (comic shops) and the book market. Buying our books in stores helps keep our books in stores. When you buy direct from us, it puts a little more money in our coffers, since we get the full retail price and not the wholesale price. (Our authors receive the same royalty no matter where you buy from and how much of a discount you buy at.) And as far as ordering online, other online retailers may offer hefty discounts, but your book may come rattling around in a box with just a few of those clear plastic pillow things to "protect" it. We lovingly pack and ship all our orders with the utmost care to ensure that your books arrive in the best, mintiest, most collectible condition possible. (See below for more info on that.)
Do you have any discounts or coupon codes I can use?
If you had a login on our old website, you will need to create a new registration
; the old user accounts were not transferred to the new site. If you have registered on the new website but are still unable to log in, the following is most likely the problem: When you register, you should receive an e-mail requesting that you confirm your registration. Some people find that this message gets caught in their spam filter by mistake, so check to see if the message is in your spam folder. Once you find it, please follow the instructions in the message. If you do not find the message, please contact us
and we will unblock your registration. You might also want to add "fantagraphics.com" to your e-mail whitelist to ensure delivery of future messages.
Please contact us
and we will send you a new password (we cannot recover old passwords, but once you log in with your new password you can change it to whatever you like).
How do I change my password?
Just follow these steps:
1: Log in with your old password
2: On the top menu, highlight My Account and then click My Account Info
3: On the following page, click the "Account Information" link
2-3: Just click here
4: On the following page, enter and confirm new password, then click
the diskette icon to save
Why do I have to register on your website to place an order?
When you register on our website, your billing and shipping information is recalled when you log in, saving you the trouble of re-entering all that information every time you place an order. Even if you never visit our website again, you still would have had to provide that information to us in order for us to complete your order. And be assured that we have no nefarious plans for your registration information; we do not share it with any other parties, and we will not do anything with that information that you tell us not to do. If these terms are still unacceptable to you, you may place your order by calling our toll-free Customer Service line at 800-657-1100 (206-524-1967 outside of the U.S.) — our representatives will be happy to take your call.
I get an error when I try to place my order online.
Please make sure that your credit card information, including the card number, expiration date, confirmation code (the 3-digit number on the back of the card) and billing address are correct. If your billing address does not match the address on your credit card statement, your order will not be completed. If you are sure all these things are correct but you still receive an error, please copy the error message that you receive and contact us
with the error pasted into your message — we will investigate and get back to you.
Orders are almost always sent out the next business day for rush delivery and within a couple days for standard delivery. The best way to find out the status of your order is to call us at 1-800-657-1100 (206-524-1967 outside the U.S.) Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific time, or send an email to
Someone in our Customer Service bullpen will help you right out!
Can I pick up my order in person?
If you're local, i.e. in the Seattle area, we have an even better option for you: visit the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the Georgetown district of Seattle. (See here for more info.
) There you'll find our entire catalog of in-print books and comics in stock and ready to buy! To make sure the Bookstore has something in stock before you visit, give a call at 206-658-0110.
Do I have to order with a credit card?
Ordering online requires the use of a credit card (Visa or Mastercard). If you prefer to order with a check or money order, download our printable order form (PDF format)
, print it out, fill it in using our website as a catalog, and mail it with your payment to Fantagraphics Books, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
Why can't customers in every country order Peanuts or Disney books?
Contractually, we're only allowed to sell Peanuts
books in a limited geographic range. This is because licensors (such as Peanuts Worldwide and Disney Enterprises) sell their properties to publisher by specific "territory" and if a licensee is allowed to sell his version outside his "territory" this can harm the licensor's attempts to sell their licenses. For instance, a British publisher has picked up the rights to The Complete Peanuts
; if Fantagraphics had been allowed to sell to the United Kingdom these past few years, it's possible the British publisher would have been discouraged. But the bottom line is, OUR CONTRACT PROHIBITS US FROM SELLING PEANUTS
AND DISNEY BOOKS OUTSIDE THE PROSCRIBED AREAS. That said, if you really want these books and live in a non-approved location, you can probably get them from one or the other mail-order service (Amazon.com ships internationally, for instance); you just can't get them from us.
It's after 9am on the East Coast. Why is no one answering my call?
We are open from 9 am West Coast time. We try to specify this in all our ads; if you found an ad that said we were open from 9:00 a.m. that didn't specify Pacific Standard Time we apologize.
Can you guarantee my comics will be 100% mint condition?
We know this can be a touchy subject, especially for collectors. Our warehouse staff is extremely skilled at carefully packaging orders to minimize damage. That said, even fresh off the press, there are bound to be slight flaws here and there, and trying to upgrade a brand-new book to a "minter" copy is a gamble at best.
Do you ship using reinforced cardboard boxes?
The increased expense of using reinforced boxes would force us to increase our shipping charges, something that most of our customers would NOT want to happen. We do try our best to pack all orders with the materials we have available in the most secure manner.
Where's my 20/20 Club membership card?
If you join the 20/20 Club
and do not receive your membership card with your order, do not be alarmed! It will arrive separately within two weeks. Our orders ship from our warehouse, while the membership cards are mailed in batches from our office.
Questions About Our Publications:
When will Fantagraphics comics be available for my Kindle/iPad/etc.?
Now! Our comiXology
storefront is open for business! We are also looking into other platforms.
What Fantagraphics comics have been adapted for film or TV?
Of course there was the Ghost World
film, adapted by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff from the graphic novel by Clowes. Charles Burns's Black Hole
is currently in development as a major motion picture with David Fincher attached as director. Dash Shaw
and his collaborators created a series of animated shorts for IFC.com called "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.," art from which can be found in the book of the same name
; they are currently developing an original animated feature with producer John Cameron Mitchell. Harvey Pekar's collaborations with Robert Crumb, as depicted in the American Splendor
film, can be found in our Complete Crumb Comics
series. An animated short of Peter Bagge's Hate
can be found on the DVD of the documentary Hype
. On the small screen, Tony Millionaire's Maakies
appeared as animated shorts on Saturday Night Live
and later on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim as the series The Drinky Crow Show
, which ran for one season (2008-2009). Adult Swim also commissioned and aired a pilot episode of Michael Kupperman
's Snake 'n' Bacon
in 2009; Kupperman has also created shorts for SNL
. The cable network Oxygen recently ran a series of animated shorts starring Roberta Gregory
's "Bitchy Bitch." Back in the 1990s, MTV's animation anthology series Liquid Television
included Charles Burns
's "Dog Boy" and Richard Sala
's "Invisible Hands" (which was an original creation not based on a book or strip). A pilot episode for a web series of Charles Forsman's TEOTFW
is in production in the UK as of September 2013. For more information about these various projects, check Google, YouTube and the IMDb.
How can I license one of your books for foreign publication?
Please contact us
with all foreign licensing requests.
What printers do you use?
Are you planning to publish a comic? Congratulations! All of our printers are overseas and deal with print runs of several thousand or more. If this sounds appropriate for your needs, contact us
and we may be able to give you a referral.
Are you going to reprint [insert comic here]?
If it's not listed here on our website or in our catalog of upcoming releases (see our home page
for a catalog download link) then chances are that a) we don't plan to, b) we've considered it but haven't made any plans, or c) we plan to but can't make an announcement yet. We encourage you to follow us on Flog! The Fantagraphics Blog
and our various social networks
for all the latest announcements.
Why only two Peanuts/Prince Valiant/etc. books a year?
While we realize fans would gobble our classic strip collections up like M&M's if we released one a month, we don't think the general market could absorb more than two relatively expensive books a year.
Are there slipcases? I want slipcases! How can I get slipcases?
We used to offer empty slipcases for collectors who purchased series volumes individually and wanted to assemble their own box sets. As much as we enjoyed being able to offer this to our customers, it is no longer logistically or financially feasible.
As an example, for a $50 box set, we would need to offer the empty case at $10 + shipping, but this would almost be as much as buying a boxed set and simply having a dupe of the earlier volume: two single volumes at $30 each, plus a box at $10, plus an additional $5 shipping for the box, for a total of $75; or a single volume at $30 and a box set at $50, so $80 total -- only $5 more, and you have an extra book to sell or give as a gift.
That said, we will sometimes offer to ship you each volume and the slipcase upon release when you pre-order the box set. See individual product listings for details.
The Walt Disney's Donald Duck Christmas Treasury Box Set
is a one-time item designed for holiday gift-giving; we do not plan to collect the rest of the series in slipcases at this time.
Why are your Carl Barks Library volumes numbered wrong?
The volumes are numbered by the chronological sequence of the material they reprint, but we are releasing them out of numerical sequence, skipping around the timeline, in order to get the prime stuff out first and hook new Carl Barks
fans. For instance, the first volume we put out, "Lost in the Andes," is numbered Volume 7.
Are there going to be any more volumes of Dennis the Menace?
While we are planning more volumes of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace
, we are also considering other Dennis the Menace-related books and the series is on hiatus until we finalize these plans. We will make an announcement as soon as we can.
Can you explain your approach to your EC Comics Library books?
Our goal is to reprint every single New Trend story, every New Direction story, and those pre-New Trend stories that qualitatively and thematically fit with the New Trend material (such as for instance the Johnny Craig crime stories).
is not included because it's not part of the license. Picto-Fiction would be an entirely separate series, for which there are no plans at present. Nor are there any plans to reprint romance, western, etc. pre-New Trend stories not by cartoonists such as Craig or Ingels. (This does not mean we would never do it, just that there are no plans at present. There is a LOT of New Trend and New Direction material to get through first.)
The issue of "non-regulars," i.e. cartoonists who did only a couple of EC stories and thus don't have enough material for a full book, is being addressed by adding this material to other cartoonists' books. Thus the handful of Colan, Toth, Kubert etc. war stories were run in the Kurtzman Corpse on the Imjin!
book; the Frazetta, Krenkel, Torres "Fleagle" stories were run in the Williamson 50 Girls 50
book; and the handful of horror and SF "orphans" will run in the back of the Feldstein horror and SF books.
Cartoonists' books will be divided up either by individual comic (every story from Comic X), chronologically by genre (every horror/suspense or war or SF story), or chronologically overall, according to what allows us to create editorially coherent books of a reasonably consistent length.
Are you still doing the complete ZAP collection?
Yes, it's taken us a while to get all our ducks in a row but we're hoping to put it on the schedule soon.
What's going on with Castle Waiting?
Good news -- Linda Medley
is back at the drawing board storyboarding Volume 3! It will most likely appear in a different printed format than previous volumes. Stay tuned.
Are all the Eightballs still in print?
No, but issues 1-18 will be collected in a two-volume slipcased hardcover set in 2014.
You must have copies lying around of that issue of Eightball I still need!
Believe us, if we had any, they would be available for sale on the website. Or eBay. Or our storefront in Seattle, where you can often find a few copies of rare gems that are technically out of stock. And no, our personal copies are not for sale.
How much is Love & Rockets #1 worth?
When are you going to bring back Amazing Heroes?
Since Kim has passed away, you'll have to ask your Ouija board.
I know how to fix a problem with one of your books. Who do I talk to?
Just contact us
and your message will be forwarded to the responsible party.
Can I scan your comics and distribute them on the Internets?
Really now, you should know better than to even ask. If you want digital editions of our books, many of them are available on comiXology
Questions About Our Artists and Staff:
Where do Peter Bagge and Jim Woodring live?
Can you give me Robert Crumb's phone number?
Can I feature the art of [insert cartoonist here] on my website?
A panel or two, sure. Anything more, you need our written permission.
May I adapt [insert comic title here] to an amateur short film?
I want to hire [insert name here] to illustrate my album cover.
We may be able to help, but be open to suggestions. The more high-profile the artist is, the busier and more expensive they are. We publish a ton of great cartoonists and while they might not be superstars like Clowes
et al., they can draw real purdy and would likely work for much less money and on a much tighter deadline.
Can you get [insert name here] to illustrate my graphic novel?
This is a different proposition altogether, as a graphic novel can take years for an artist to draw and most of our artists are busy with their own projects. Before you follow through on this query we refer you to our friend Stephen Bissette's comments
on this very subject.
How many people work at Fantagraphics?
Can I be an intern at Fantagraphics?
Can you arrange a date for me with Gary Groth?
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 January 2014 )