Comic Fodder

Comic Fodder Looking for Writers

Do you read an unhealthy number of comics?

The Fodder Network is looking for writers to help us build Comic Fodder into a must-read site for every comic geek with an internet connection. Are you a reader of comics who can put a critical eye to the comics they love, and who isn’t afraid to get a little scrappy defending their opinions down in the comments section?

We’re trying something a bit different at Comic Fodder. Rather than the usual free-for-all of many comic review sites, we’re looking for writers who want to be assigned to a specific area of interest.* Do you want to write about:

• Marvel
• Dark Horse
• Image
• Manga
• Fantagraphics and/or Indie comics
• Online comics
• Something I haven’t mentioned here, but is comics related.

What we’re looking for are reviewers who know their professed subject area, and they know it alarmingly well.

The internet is already littered with reviews written about comics in which the reviewer has no particular investment. There’s nothing wrong with that, but Comic Fodder is looking to offer a bit more of a holistic look at the comics you love, and taking them seriously, rather than trying to pass judgment on characters, series and writers after an issue or two. And we’re really, really trying to avoid the partisanship of Marvel Vs. DC, American vs. Manga, Indie vs. Mainstream, etc...

Write about your favorite subject! Here's a typical post by Ryan.

In order to keep out the riff-raff, Comic Fodder is asking folks who want to come onboard to submit a few items.

1) Your name
2) E-mail
3) The subject matter you’d like to cover (Marvel, Manga, Image, etc…)
4) A fairly comprehensive list of books you’re currently reading in your area of subject matter interest
5) A list of books you’re currently reading outside of your area of interest
6) Name your favorite comic book story/ graphic novel/ trade paperback. **
7) How long have you been reading comics (give us a number. “As long as I can remember” isn’t really an answer)?
8) A statement of how you plan to cover your arena of expertise. Yes, yes, we expect reviews. But what else are you bringing to the table? Any idea what sorts of columns you can provide in your subject area?
9) A writing sample or two. Links to existing blog entries are acceptable, as long as they reflect what readers can expect to see when you begin writing for the Fodder Network.
10) Any credentials you think we might want to know about (are you the Editor of the New York Times? See, that kind of stuff is relevant.).
11) If you have an idea for a column that’s not been mentioned, bring it on. We’re not afraid of new ideas.

It is true that there’s no payment for your services, so we’re looking for writers who not only love their comics, but love writing about them as well. At least enough to write a review column per week, plus a minimum of two opinion columns per month? So don’t come looking for any money. The ad revenue generated by the site goes to paying off the Fodder Network’s bookie, Smooth Clyde (yes, we picked Cap’s side to win. Who knew?).

We’re looking at this as a challenge to you, and we sincerely hope you’ll accept.

We will be leaving submissions open for all areas which are not filled, as, hey… you never know when a good idea will come down the pipe. We will not be taking writers first-come/ first-serve. We’re fairly serious about the writing samples and whatnot, and we’d like it if you could commit to regular posting over a lengthy duration (as in, don’t disappear on us after three weeks).

This might be the start of something grand. Now is your chance to get in on the ground floor of a grand new comic site, and maybe become a bullying force on the internet. Plus, all folks who become writers get the privilege of being a part of The Fodder Network.

Please send all materials to:

-Include as much of the content as possible from the above list.
-We will contact you within two or three weeks of your submission to let you know what's going on or if we have any questions.

Thanks for your participation. We look forward to hearing from you!

*Sorry, kids. Ryan has DC in his grip right now and said something creepy about “my cold, dead hands…” when asked about giving up that turf.
**try not to list just Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen. Also, don’t dream up some BS book that sounds impressive but nobody’s ever read. Be honest. There will be a quiz.

Man, if I were still collecting monthlies (and Ryan wasn't so attached to DC) I'd jump at this opportunity.

-- Posted by: Robert Jones, Jr. at April 5, 2007 6:33 PM

Well, why don't you let it stew a while. What we're asking for are some bases that need covering. Perhaps once we start to fill those slots, perhaps you'll be struck with some inspiration as to an angle we haven't approached if you really want to get onboard.

-- Posted by: ryan at April 5, 2007 10:58 PM