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Panelgraph Showcase was set up to support and encourage the creation of original comics and related artworks. We believe that by featuring quality original works, we build the confidence of creators, create buzz and help to generate word-of-mouth.

If you do horror, science fiction or fantasy comics, sketches and illustrations, and want to share your creations with the world, we invite you to submit your original works.

We accept:

You submission may or may not be selected for publication, but in any case, you will receive friendly editorial feedback. If selected, you may be asked to work with the editor to make editorial changes.

Theme

The theme (until further notice) is TRANSFORMATION.

You can interpret this any way you like. Robots can transform. People can shapeshift and creatures can mutate. Landscapes can evolve. Relationships, attitudes, perceptions and cultures can change.

No money involved

At present, Panelgraph Showcase is a free publication, and contributors do not get paid. We hope to change this in the near future.

You retain your rights

All works featured in Panelgraph Showcase remain the intellectual property of the creators. We claim no rights over your submission. You are free to publish your work elsewhere as you see fit.

Submission format

How to submit

Please upload your submission to a file sharing website, such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive. Then use this submission form to send in your work:

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Best practices

RGB vs CMYK

Since Panelgraph Showcase is an online publication, we ask for submissions to use the RGB colour model. However, because the best works will go into a print publication (Panelgraph Volume 1) at a later stage, you should also check how your colours appear after converting to CMYK.

Converting from RGB to CMYK can result in some shifting of colours, due to RGB having a larger colour space than CMYK. Thus, in theory, when the final output will be in print rather than online, some people say it's better to work in CMYK from start to finish.

In practice, however, there are some Photoshop filters which are not available in CMYK (including the entire "Filter Gallery" and Pixelbender sets). Also, RGB helps to keep your file size smaller. Thus many people prefer to work in RGB, and only convert to CMYK at the final stage to make sure the colours look right. The important thing is to check the printed result for any colours that might go wrong.

If you are particular about colour, you should ensure that your computer monitor is colour-calibrated. Typically, LCD screens are fairly high contrast, and they don't necessarily reflect how colours look in print, which is usually more dull and desaturated with higher contrast.

Quick tip: in Photoshop, you can check if a colour is CMYK-safe by looking at the CMYK-warning icon. You can switch to a safe colour by clicking on the small colour square below the warning icon:

Photoshop CMYK-safe

Here are some useful links on this topic:
Colouring illustrations - RGB or CMYK?
When to Convert an Image from RGB to CMYK
How to Make a Graphic Novel/Comic Book – Part 4 (Pre-Press)
The working difference with RGB vs CMYK modes in Photoshop