Call for submissions: CBA vol 47 – Science/Fiction (comics and articles)

CBA vol 47 – Science/Fiction

Science and fiction rule our lives. The laws of physics seem set in stone while the laws of man are arbitrary mirrors of the morality of the times. Gods and spirits are creations of the mind but also the explanation when comprehension fails. What lies beyond our understanding? Is it more science or something else? What dark forces lurk outside our field of vision? What machineries of death and destruction are we yet to invent in the name of money (which used to be metal and paper but is now to a great extent nothing but speculation and expectations)? What (or who) else meet in the intersection between science fiction and real science? What came first? The egg or the hatching machine?

In CBA vol 47 – Science/Fiction, we explore the borderlands between science and fiction, in comics and text articles.

Main Editor: Mattias Elftorp
Deadline: November 1
—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Color / Black and white
Language: English
File format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi CMYK
Length (texts): A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? Read this to make sure you know what we mean.
Within this space, there are no limits.

Delivery: We prefer download links that do NOT require us to login anywhere (wetransfer usually works fine, for example).
Request: Please don’t use Comic Sans. We don’t like it and will ask you to change to another font.
And again; Please check our guidelines for bleed.

Please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website or similar).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this time. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material stays with you.

–ARTICLES AND COMICS GENERAL GUIDELINES–
What we are looking for is comics which rely on artistic ambitions and a will to experiment rather than what has been done a thousand times before. We want to expand the boundaries of what is possible to achieve in the comics medium. We are looking for the same thing in texts; articles, essays, exploratory texts, etc. Use your imagination, and have fun! : – )

Send your comics to: submissions [at] cbkcomics [dot] com

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Call for submissions: CBA vol 46 – Deep (comics and articles)

CBA vol 46 – Deep

What do we find in the depths? What lies in the depths in the oceans? What hides in the deep darkness of the corner of your room when you’re about to fall asleep? What thoughts trickle through your mind when looking deeply inwards, what do we find when we look where we can’t see?

In CBA vol 46 – Deep, we want you to answer these questions. Dive into the unknown, be it your mind or a visual place. Will it be something that scares you? Fascinates you? Will you embrace it, or will you regret ever walking down that path at all?

Main Editor: Lisa Örtlund
Deadline: August 1
—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Color/ Black and white
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi CMYK
Length (texts): A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? Read this to make sure you know what we mean.
Within this space, there are no limits.

Delivery: We prefer download links that do NOT require us to login anywhere (wetransfer usually works fine, for example).
Request: Please don’t use Comic Sans. We don’t like it and will ask you to change to another font.
And again; Please check our guidelines for bleed.

Please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this time. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material stays with you.

–ARTICLES AND COMICS GUIDELINES–
Your article/comic should explore the topic of depths, this could be applied to a wide spectrum of subjects. Use your imagination, and have fun! : – )

Send your comics to: submissions [at] cbkcomics [dot] com

CBA vol 45 – Additional submissions: Comics and articles

CBA vol 45 – Qtopia

We are extending our deadline because we didn’t get enough material that we felt fit into what we were looking for in the theme for this volume.

We are looking for comics as well as text articles.

Comics, articles and/or exploratory texts should visualize stories from a queer perspective without negative aspects tied to characters sexuality/queerness. Other than that you are free to create what your heart desires.

In everyday life, we witness LGBTQ narratives all the time, in films or TV, in comics, from our friends. All too often, they end badly because some kinds of love still aren’t accepted by mainstream conservative society. These stories are important to tell because they happen in real life and we need to talk about them to stop it from happening anymore. But other narratives are also possible. We want our new anthology to be an island of queer stories without oppression.

As important as fighting for equal/LGBTQ rights today is, we may also find value in celebrating and exploring what could come after the fight. What we are looking for in this volume of CBA is stories that tell different tales. Queer tales about situations involving LGBTQ characters. Utopian queer tales where everything might not be perfect, but at least the horrible things that happen don’t have anything to do with the characters sexual orientation.

We welcome a wide variety of stories: heartbreaks, murders, deep space sci-fi, everyday life, abstract comics, whatever flickers your interest. All we ask is for a queer perspective that doesn’t involve negative aspects tied to the actual queerness.

Let’s create a Qtopia!

CBA vol 45 – Qtopia
This volume has no main editor as the whole CBK-crew will be editors.
As usual we are looking for both comics and text articles.

DEADLINE: May 31 2019

—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Color/ Black and white
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi CMYK
Length (texts): A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? Read this to make sure you know what we mean.
Within this space, there are no limits.

Delivery: We prefer download links that do NOT require us to login anywhere (wetransfer usually works fine, for example).
Request: Please don’t use Comic Sans. We don’t like it and will ask you to change to another font.
And again; check our guidelines for bleed.

Please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this time. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material stays with you.

Send your comics to: submissions [at] cbkcomics [dot] com

Call for submissions: CBA vol 45 – Qtopia

In everyday life, we witness LGBTQ narratives all the time, in films or TV, in comics, from our friends. All too often, they end badly because some kinds of love still aren’t accepted by mainstream conservative society. These stories are important to tell because they happen in real life and we need to talk about them to stop it from happening anymore. But other narratives are also possible. We want our new anthology to be an island of queer stories without oppression.

As important as fighting for equal/LGBTQ rights today is, we may also find value in celebrating and exploring what could come after the fight. What we are looking for in this volume of CBA is stories that tell different tales. Queer tales about situations involving LGBTQ characters. Utopian queer tales where everything might not be perfect, but at least the horrible things that happen don’t have anything to do with the characters sexual orientation.

We welcome a wide variety of stories: heartbreaks, murders, deep space sci-fi, everyday life, abstract comics, whatever flickers your interest. All we ask is for a queer perspective that doesn’t involve negative aspects tied to the actual queerness.

Let’s create a Qtopia!

CBA vol 45 – Qtopia
This volume has no main editor as the whole CBK crew will be editors.
As usual we are looking for both comics and text articles.

DEADLINE: 15 April 2019

—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Color/ Black and white
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi CMYK
Length (texts): A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? Read this to make sure you know what we mean.
Within this space, there are no limits.

Delivery: We prefer download links that do NOT require us to login anywhere (wetransfer usually works fine, for example).
Request: Please don’t use Comic Sans. We don’t like it and will ask you to change to another font.
And again; check our guidelines concerning bleed.

Please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this time. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material stays with you.

–TEXT AND COMICS GUIDELINES–
Comics and/or texts should visualize stories from a queer perspective without negative aspects tied to characters sexuality/queerness. Other than that you are free to create what your heart desires.

Send your comics to: submissions [at] cbkcomics [dot] com

Call for submissions: CBA vol 43

CBA vol 43 – Corners
Call for submissions for comics & texts

I’ll see you around the corner. Yeah, cool, but where exactly is that?
Corners are physical and mental places. Whether it’s is in your room or by the street down the block, they can be mysterious and shady spots. Corners have secrets to hide and stories to tell. Streets are packed with them, but so are the insights of the mind and its verging thoughts; so are comics as a panelled narration form.
They host dust and spider webs, they might be grimy and smell like shit, but overall corners are meeting points. Literally the angle made when two ways intersect. But also where two feelings or two people collide.

Deadline: NOVEMBER 1
Main editor: Gonzalo de las Heras

—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—

COMICS
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Color/ Black and white
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi CMYK
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? READ THIS to make sure you know what we mean.
Within this space, there are no limits.

Delivery: We prefer download links that do NOT require us to login anywhere (wetransfer usually works fine, for example).
Request: Please don’t use Comic Sans. We don’t like it and will ask you to change to another font.
And once more, check our guidelines for bleed.

Also, please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Also include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

TEXTS
A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.

Send your submissions to: submissions@cbkcomics.com

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Deadline is around the corner. See you there!

CBA vol 41 – Call for submissions: Comics & Texts

CBA vol 41 – Subversive Superhero Stories
(Guidelines for text pieces and comics for this issue at the bottom of this description)

For many years now, CBK has acted to expand as well as to introduce art comics to the world. Everything from Hair to Fragments has been the focus, and for our next volume, we are focusing on one of the biggest genres in comic books, the superhero comics. We’re looking for comics with an explicit connection to the Superhero genre, that at the same time subverts the expectations and pushes the boundaries to tell a different story than the conventional stories usually told.

Deadline: JUNE 1
Main editor: Henrik Rogowski
Color scheme: Color/Black and White

—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Color/Black and white
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi grayscale
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? Read this to make sure you know what we mean: http://cbkcomics.com/bleed-explained/
Within this space, there are no limits.

Please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Also include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

—TEXT GUIDELINES—
We’re looking for texts that touch upon this subject, preferably articles, essays and exploratory texts. We’re not looking for short stories in this issue.

We’ look forward to seeing your submissions!
//CBK CREW

You can also attend the Facebook event here!

CBA vol 40 – Call for submissions: Comics & Texts

CBA vol 40 – Worst Case Scenario
(Guidelines for text pieces and comics for this issue at the bottom of this description)

What’s the worst that could happen? And if that happens, what’s the worst that could happen? And if that happens, what’s the worst that could happen? And so on…

There’s a psychiatric method in cognitive behavioral therapy called “The Downward Arrow Technique” where you begin by writing down the answers to this repeated question and we thought it’d be the perfect theme for our upcoming CBA vol 40. Especially since this is an election year in Sweden. Especially since war and famine and climate change and personal disasters are on the horizon. So how bad can it get?

Deadline: APRIL 15
Main editor: Kinga Dukaj
Color scheme: Black and white

Editors note: The goal in the Downward Arrow Technique is to explore your core beliefs and work through them, and is often used for anxiety, phobias and other disruptive thought patterns. This method is very practical, simple and effective in helping the person get to the root of their negative thoughts and unhealthy beliefs about themselves. However, this is not the goal in CBA vol 40. We just want to know the worst.

—SUBMISSION GUIDELINES—
Please read and follow these guidelines:
Number of pages: We prefer comics that are about 5-30 pages, but any number is welcome.
Format: 20x26cm
Color: Black and white
Language: English
Format: .TIF
Resolution: 1200 dpi line art or 300 dpi grayscale
Bleed: 5mm. Think you know how to handle bleed? Read this to make sure you know what we mean: http://cbkcomics.com/bleed-explained/
Within this space, there are no limits.

Please send us high-resolution files from the start.
Also include a short presentation text about yourself, with one URL (if you have a website).
Please ask us if you are unsure about formats, resolution, bleed, etc. We prefer stupid questions to bad files. And there are no stupid questions!

Unfortunately we cannot offer you any payment for participating. If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can offer at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

—TEXT GUIDELINES—
We’re looking for texts that touch upon this subject, preferably articles, essays and exploratory texts. We’re not looking for short stories in this issue.

—COMICS GUIDELINES—
Think of a scenario where you imagine the absolute worst thing that could happen.
When you have that in mind, ask: if that happens, whats the worst that could happen?
When you have that answer continue asking it about 3 more times until you’ve got a clear story.
Use this as a script for your comic.

We’ look forward to seeing your submissions!
//CBK CREW

You can also attend the Facebook event here!

AltCom is coming!

As you may know, we are organizing the AltCom 2016: WORK comics festival together with Tusen Serier on July 28-31 in Malmö.

You can find the program for the festival here.

One of our contributions will be the release/exhibition for the new CBA vol 34: Re: Creation & Idleness. @ Mitt Möllan, July 28-29, 17-23.

You can pre-order the book here.

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Poster design: Mattias Elftorp. Original art: Alexander Robyn

It’s time to put on your leisure suit and get to work on whatever. Whatever you want. Whatever. Is it working? No! It’s not working at all. Maybe it’s a sci-fi utopia. Or is it a fantasy? It’s all the time in the world. Odd moments are even. Time is money and everyone’s a billionaire. Spare some time? Here: free time for everyone! High quality time! No work and all play.

Participating artists:
Alexander Robyn | Steve Nyberg | Jasmina Grudnik | Harukichi | Javier Triviño Murillo | Anna Krztoń | Petra Lilla Marjai | Aurélien Leif | Štěpánka Jislová | Mattias Elftorp

altcom2016poster
Poster by Mattias Elftorp

CBK organized the first AltCom back in 2004 as a one-time event, then it was turned into a full-scale comics festival and run by the Swedish Comics Association in 2010, 2012 and 2014. And now it’s back with us and Tusen Serier.

There will be exhibitions, films and a comics fair. During all of the festival, we will also give out the AltCom 2016: WORK anthology for free.

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The book features an assortment of international artists, many of whom have been published in CBA over the years. Cover illustration by Kinga Dukaj.

Read more about it here.

And of course we will have a table and sell our books at the comics market on July 30-31 in Folkets Park.

On another note, CBA vol 35: BLEED has its submissions deadline on August 1, so if you have an amazing comic with lots of blood lying around, don’t hesitate to send it to us (see our submission guidelines for instructions).

Main editor for this volume: Kinga Dukaj

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Illustration by Kinga Dukaj

 

CBA vol 34-36: Call for submissions

We’ve changed the submission process a bit for CBA. Now we are calling for submissions for three of our upcoming volumes at once, to be able to make better long-term plans.
We’ve also appointed one main editor for each volume. The selection will still be made collectively, but the main editor will have the final say on what goes into their specific volume.

DEADLINE (for all three volumes): May 15

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So, here are the themes for the upcoming issues:

CBA vol 34 – Re: Creation & Idleness NO MORE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS VOLUME.
Main Editor: Steve Nyberg
Description: It’s time to put on your leisure suit and get to work on whatever. Whatever you want. Whatever. Is it working? No! It’s not working at all. Maybe it’s a sci-fi utopia. Or is it a fantasy? It’s all the time in the world. Odd moments are even. Time is money and everyone’s a billionaire. Spare some time? Here: free time for everyone! High quality time! No work and all play.

The release of this issue will coincide with the AltCom 2016 festival (July 28-31) and is the antithesis of the festival’s WORK theme.

CBA vol 35 – Bleed NO MORE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS VOLUME.
Main Editor: Kinga Dukaj
Description: Blood is of the essence.
It can be a mesmerizing thing. Either when it gushes from an artery or trickles down a finger, drips delicately from the ceiling or whooshes in your ears.
Are you sure those chills that run down your spine aren’t ones of pleasure as you notice your fellow passenger picking mindlessly at a scab, and you imagine yourself ripping it off and licking it clean then and there?
NEW DEADLINE FOR THIS VOLUME: AUGUST 1

CBA vol 36 – Fragments of past time NO MORE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS VOLUME.
Main Editor: Christina Cromnow
Description: The past can be found in the form of small parts inside your body. Some parts are impossible to get rid of. Maybe they’re important, maybe they’re not. But they do exist for a reason. What is your reason?
Even though your past time is out of reach, there is always the possibility of deciding how it will look in front of other people. What would your fragments look like if you showed them in public?

Specifications:
Please see our submission guidelines.

Send questions & comics to submissions [at] cbkcomics [dot] com

Unfortunately, we still can’t pay you anything for participating. You will get 10 free copies, and we hope that you’ll find being in CBA an opportunity to do some non-commercial work and to experiment with the comics as an art form. Consequently, we do accept comics that have already been published elsewhere, as long as we like them and they fit into the themes. Feel free to mention which theme you intend your comic for, but please note that the volume you have in mind may not necessarily be the one your comic ends up in.