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Frequently Asked Questions

What's going on here!?
We know it's hard to get noticed by the big leagues in the comic world, especially if you haven't had anything published yet. This is a place for artists to test their mettle by making an actual short comic. Here, an artist can try a project that's just a few pages long (like a webcomic).

Who is this for?
Really, anyone can give this a try.
I've met a lot of artists who aren't really sure how to get started in this industry. A lot of artists have told me that they'd love to make a comic, but they just don't have a story in mind. And I've met a lot of artists who haven't ever seen a comic script before. Maybe you fall into one of these categories, or one I haven't listed. If you want to see if you have what it takes, then give this a shot.

What's in it for me?
We may post your finished work online at or include it as a bonus story in a future printed comic. Either way, you'd have a published work to show off in your portfolio, and you'd have experience working from a comic script. There's no guarantee that we'll publish your work. If I don't like it, I won't publish it.

Does that mean I have to draw like Jim Lee or you'll trash my work?
Nope. I appreciate all kinds of art styles. So if your work isn't super polished, don't be discouraged. If I think your work isn't ready to be published, I'll share what advice I can.

Do you have any pointers for me before I begin?
YES! Here's a few:

Draw the characters a few times before you start the actual page art. Consistency is important in any comic. If you drew the hero differently on page one and page five, then there's a problem.

If you're drawing something other than what the script says, game over. If you're trying to impress the publisher with your awesome vision of what the comic should be, you're going to impress yourself right out of a job.

If you're trying to make it in this business, you're going to have to meet deadlines. If you take a month to draw five measly pages, you're not doing yourself any favors. This is your chance to see how fast (or how terribly slow) you work.

Do I have to put in the speech bubbles or captions myself?
No, but be sure and leave enough room for them in each panel. If two characters are talking to each other and their heads take up the whole panel, where will the text go?

Well, who the heck runs this program?
Publisher of One Shot Productions comics, Jay W. Davis. I write & edit all of the material for One Shot Productions, and sometimes I dabble in the art side as well. I've been publishing since 2001, and have worked on a number of titles including Torpedo, Shadowlord, Mortem Brand, Pride's Fall, Stoic, Falter, Death: Accidental, Vertex, Midnight Train, Fall in the Bamboo Grove, Project Nation, Vampire Crusade, and Veronica's Diary.

When you get paper submissions in the mail, do you really throw them away?

And your email again?
oneshotprez @

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