Square City Comics Presents

Rogue Science

Call for Submissions

Square City Comics is developing a comics anthology full of stories of scientists gone rogue for the betterment of humanity.

The project encourages stories of real and invented rogue scientists from history to today, including POC Scientists, LGBTQ+ Scientists, Muslim Scientists, Refugee Scientists, Immigrant Scientists, Disabled Scientists and more. The scope of this project also includes resources on the science these heroic figures went rogue for, as well as a teacher's guide to support use of the anthology in schools.

We want to share true and fictional stories of heroic scientists who changed the world by preserving knowledge in difficult times, like we face today. That includes creating and donating materials that can be used in school programs and at libraries to inspire the next generation of scientific rebels ready to watch the world learn!

Are you ready to create comics for science? Alright, let’s go!

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What we're looking for

We’re looking for original, Y.A. friendly comics about rogue scientists!
What’s that mean?

We're looking for 4 kinds of comics.

Comics should also meet a few guidelines.

Don’t do comics? Don’t worry!

We need science subject matter experts to help fact check and educators to help with our teacher’s guide, and maybe even some  infographics! Fill out our volunteer form!

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How to submit a pitch

In order to submit your piece for consideration, please supply the following via our submission form.

1. Sign our submission agreement.

2. Prepare your submission.

3. Take note of rules for special situations.

4) Submit.

Are you already ready with your submission?
Let's get this science party started!

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Pitch Submission Deadline

All submissions must be received by:
April 15, 2017 (Deadline Extended), 11:59 EST.

We also encourage getting your work in early so that we can get you feedback and give you time to resubmit if necessary! That's right, we'll help you make a killer submission, because that's what we do at Square City Comics.

Creators of accepted works will be notified by April 22, 2017.

What are you waiting for?

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Final Submissions

Final submissions must meet these guidelines in order to be accepted into the anthology. If you are having trouble meeting these standards, please contact Emily (infoATsquarecitycomics.com) or Kristy (kristyATcuriographic.com).

Final Submission Technical Specs

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 5, 2017

Yes, we're driving the theme home. That is World Environment Day. If you find yourself having trouble meeting this deadline, please contact Kristy. The sooner we are aware of potential issues, the more we can do to help!

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Project Milestones

We have some key dates to keep in mind with this project.

We're planning the debut for SPX 2017. Join the anthology.

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Other details

Here are some final details on the project. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Kristy (kristyATcuriographic.com).

How We're Funding It

We plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production, promotion, and distribution of the book, as well as the compensation for our contributing artists and writers. More details will be available once we announce the accepted list of contributors, and get closer to our campaign's start date.

What You Get

The goal of the Rogue Science project is to shed light on the spectacular stories of scientists who’ve rebelled in order to preserve and share knowledge with the public. We want to get these stories out by making as many donations as possible, but we also want to make sure our contributors earn some form of compensation.

That being said, success and compensation is dependent on a successful Kickstarter campaign. Provided the project is successfully funded you can expect:

  • All participants will be provided 10 copies of the book.
  • All participants will be able to purchase additional copies at 50% the retail cost.
  • Any funds from the Kickstarter beyond project’s final costs (printing, shipping, and extras) will be passed on to participants as a bonus page rate. For teams, it is up to you to decide how to split the page rate with your partner(s).

Creator's Rights

Creators submit stories to the Anthology Project with the understanding that, if accepted, they are ceding exclusive first worldwide rights to the story for a full calendar year from the date of publication, and non-exclusive worldwide reprint rights in perpetuity.

Intellectual property rights will remain in the hands of the creator. We don't want your characters, just your comics. You are welcome to post work in progress shots and sample pages online in order to promote your work or the project.

Just a note, if you create a comic using a current scientific figure, we’ll need them to sign a release agreement that you can submit to us.

Our Team

Square City Comics has an experienced organizing team that has several successful anthology projects under its belt. We're shifted the roles and added new ones for this project's special focus.

Kristy cunningham Bigler - project manager

Kristy is in charge of keeping up with everyone to make sure they're on track to meet deadlines. If you find yourself falling behind, in need of an extra hand, or have general questions about the project, contact her and she'll be happy to help!

open (SCC) - Editor

An SCC volunteer editor will be going over scripts to check spelling and make sure your story makes sense. They'll be here to help you close loopholes and bring out the best in your work!

Emily r. gillis - technical director

Emily will be putting the final book together and making sure your files are up to snuff. If you have questions regarding formats, programs, or sending files, talk to her.

open - Science Subject Matter Expert

We're looking for a volunteer scientific subject matter expert who can help us fact check and make sure the scientific content is accurate.

open - instructional Subject Matter Expert

We're looking for a volunteer science educator or former science educator who can make sure our teacher's guide aligns with standards and best practices for today's high school classrooms.

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