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Why Hasn't Tom Scioli Found a Publisher Yet?

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Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Mon May 13, 2013 8:57 pm

Why Hasn't Tom Scioli Found a Publisher Yet?

The Godland artist has had difficulty finding a publisher for his latest work.

Source: Twitter

Has Tom Scioli quit comics?  That's what his Twitter followers are wondering.  Scioli, whose past work includes Godland and American Barbarian, has had difficulty finding a publisher for his latest work, Satan's Soldier and Mystery Object.  Scioli's been publishing both comics on his website, and he's begun submitting both series to publishers, only to be met with rejection by at least a few publishers.  Things reached a fever pitch this evening, when Scioli suddenly announced that he was quitting comics and deleted his Twitter account a few moments later.

So why does this matter?  Well, Scioli's not exactly an unknown quantity.  He's a Xeric Grant winner, his work has been nominated for Eisners, and his art is deliberately reminiscent of Jack Kirby's.  This also isn't the first time he's approached publishers to collect his webcomics.  American Barbarian was published at his website before being collected in a gorgeous hardcover by Adhouse.  His work's also damn good, especially if you're a fan of trippy comics that are simultaneously call back to the Silver Age of Comics while remaining on the cutting edge of comtemporary alternative comics. 

Now, I don't know much about the comic industry and small press stuff, but I do know that Tom Scioli's stuff is fantastic stuff. And hopefully this will all blow over, and we'll have more gorgeous Tom Scioli hardcovers gracing our shelves soon.  In the meantime, if you haven't read Scioli's work before, check out his website, where both Satan's Soldier and Mystery Object are currently hosted in their entirety.  If you're a publisher and you haven't sent him a contract yet, make the man an offer or we'll make a cruel and petty website devoted to mocking you on a daily basis.  We've done it before and we're not afraid to do it again.  



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The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Mon May 13, 2013 9:00 pm


He touches himself at night?
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Outhouse Editor

Postby GLX » Tue May 14, 2013 1:24 pm

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Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Tue May 14, 2013 2:54 pm

I notice both those webcomics are stylistically very different from Godland, American Barbarian, or any of the other Scioli books I have. Much looser and sketchier, designed more for the screen than they page IMO

So I wonder if that has anything to do with his problem? Keeping in mind two things, 1) that the publishing industry isn't always eager to bear much risk these days, and 2) even established artists and writers can face a lot of skepticism when they make a shift like that.

An artist working on a solo webcomic follows their own vision without much restraint, but what happens when the result is less commercial? I'm own several books with art by Scioli and have recommended them to others, but having now read the bulk of both webcomics I have to say they do not feel as substantial as Scioli's other work. They feel more like explorations than finished narratives.

I don't mean to say they aren't worthy of publication, just that I would see them as more of a risk as well. That being said, I'm sure he'd smash through a kickstarter campaign.
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Postby Zero » Tue May 14, 2013 3:02 pm


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