Extended deadline – CBA vol 64: Kolaż

We’ve decided to extend the deadline for CBA vol 64: Kolaż to May 31!

You can find all the submission guidelines for this issue here.

THEME:

Kolaż (Polish for collage) is an art where you weave existing images into new narratives. Dive deep into various techniques and tech. We want your unlimited comic fusions!

Explore the art of collage with us in blends of found images with drawings and digital manipulations, dissections and reassemblies, insertions and rearrangements. Share your stories, your subversions and discoveries of meaning through combinations and reinterpretations. Create new comics or cut up your old ones, make new life out of previous stories.

Be inspired by pioneers like Mary Shelley’s Victor F, Hannah Höch, Romare Bearden, Dave McKean and many more, whose unique approaches reshape artistic boundaries.

Join us to celebrate this remarkable art form in CBA vol 64: Kolaż (polish for Collage) where innovation and imagination breathe life into fragments, woven through the magic of artistic amalgamation.

Is collage your passion and you want to write an article about it? Great! A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.

***Disclaimer***
Copyrighted material:
Be mindful of the images you use to create your collage. In general, using copyrighted images in your collage without permission could potentially constitute copyright infringement.e
AI:
If you use AI art it has to be clearly stated that it is AI, what AI platform it is made at and what words and/or base images you used to create the comic. We want to discourage the use of AI and you will not receive any payment for AI- images.
***

 

Call for submissions – CBA vol 65: THE BOX

Call for submissions for:
CBA vol 65: THE BOX
Main editor: Mattias Elftorp
Deadline: July 10

What’s in The Box? Who wants to know? How big is it? Where is it? Is it on its way somewhere? Why does it matter? Why can’t you know what’s in it? Or do you know?

Fill this issue of CBA with stories of The Box, as if the issue was a box needing to be filled. And don’t forget to think outside the box!

Also don’t miss our other current call for submissions: CBA vol 64: Kolaż

—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: 20 x 26 cm
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 bio*, 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!
Normally, we also organize a release exhibition showcasing sample pages from the new issue. Please let us know if you’re NOT ok with us using your works for that purpose. It’s part of our marketing and it usually takes place in a physical exhibition space, although these days we’re more likely to make a digital exhibition online at the Hybriden website.

*Your bio should be approximately 500-700 characters in length. It should read more as an entertaining and informative bio and less as a CV. What you want to say about yourself is up to you, but it’s generally more interesting for our readers to know about your interests, who you are and what else you’ve published rather than where you’ve studied. We may edit it if needed to fit our format.
Send comics, questions, etc to: submissions(a)cbkcomics(.)com

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee you any payment for participating (although these last few years we’ve had more financing so we have been able to pay at least something, i.e. when all the expenses have been paid we will share the surplus of the financial support we receive for CBA amongst the participants). If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can promise at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Also note that we are constantly overworked and there’s a great risk that we won’t get in touch in case your submission doesn’t make it into the current volume (we WILL, however, let you know if we do publish your submission, and if you don’t get into this one we might keep your comic for a future issue). We are sorry for this and will try to catch up as soon as things clear up (optimistically in 2026)…

Feel free to share this call for submissions and/or the Facebook event to any comics creator you think would be interested!

Call for submissions – CBA vol 64: Kolaż

Call for submissions for:
CBA vol 64: Kolaż
Main editor: Kinga Dukaj
Deadline: May 12 Edit: May 31

Kolaż (Polish for collage) is an art where you weave existing images into new narratives. Dive deep into various techniques and tech. We want your unlimited comic fusions!

***Disclaimer***
Copyrighted material:
Be mindful of the images you use to create your collage. In general, using copyrighted images in your collage without permission could potentially constitute copyright infringement.e
AI:
If you use AI art it has to be clearly stated that it is AI, what AI platform it is made at and what words and/or base images you used to create the comic. We want to discourage the use of AI and you will not receive any payment for AI- images.
***

Explore the art of collage with us in blends of found images with drawings and digital manipulations, dissections and reassemblies, insertions and rearrangements. Share your stories, your subversions and discoveries of meaning through combinations and reinterpretations. Create new comics or cut up your old ones, make new life out of previous stories.

Be inspired by pioneers like Mary Shelley’s Victor F, Hannah Höch, Romare Bearden, Dave McKean and many more, whose unique approaches reshape artistic boundaries.

Join us to celebrate this remarkable art form in CBA vol 64: Kolaż (polish for Collage) where innovation and imagination breathe life into fragments, woven through the magic of artistic amalgamation.

Is collage your passion and you want to write an article about it? Great! A good size for a text is ca 7500 characters (including spaces), but it can also be longer or shorter.

Also don’t miss our other current call for submissions: CBA vol 65: THE BOX


—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: 20 x 26 cm
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 bio*, 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!
Normally, we also organize a release exhibition showcasing sample pages from the new issue. Please let us know if you’re NOT ok with us using your works for that purpose. It’s part of our marketing and it usually takes place in a physical exhibition space, although these days we’re more likely to make a digital exhibition online at the Hybriden website.

*Your bio should be approximately 500-700 characters in length. It should read more as an entertaining and informative bio and less as a CV. What you want to say about yourself is up to you, but it’s generally more interesting for our readers to know about your interests, who you are and what else you’ve published rather than where you’ve studied. We may edit it if needed to fit our format.
Send comics, questions, etc to: submissions(a)cbkcomics(.)com

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee you any payment for participating (although these last few years we’ve had more financing so we have been able to pay at least something, i.e. when all the expenses have been paid we will share the surplus of the financial support we receive for CBA amongst the participants). If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can promise at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Also note that we are constantly overworked and there’s a great risk that we won’t get in touch in case your submission doesn’t make it into the current volume (we WILL, however, let you know if we do publish your submission, and if you don’t get into this one we might keep your comic for a future issue). We are sorry for this and will try to catch up as soon as things clear up (optimistically in 2025)…

Feel free to share this call for submissions and/or the Facebook event to any comics creator you think would be interested!

Call for submissions – CBA vol 62: Fingers and Teeth

Call for submissions for:
CBA vol 62: Fingers and teeth
Main editor: Caroline Ulvros/Leviathan
Deadline: October 1

Few non-genital body parts are the object of nightmares and obsessions as much as fingers and teeth. Focusing on single body parts might seem hard when telling a story, or evoking feelings in art. Not regarding fingers and teeth. We all have some story connected to them. The human touch and the animal bite, desirable or dangerous. In this issue, we zoom in on the most bodily representations of anxiety and vulnerability. How do they loom in the dark right before you wake up? What do you wish others would do with theirs? Give us all your hidden fantasies of these body lumps that you’ve spent more time thinking of than you admit. Only then will we know if these fantasies are common to all, or if comics just might be the most awesome form of therapy.


—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: 20 x 26 cm
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 bio*, 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!
Normally, we also organize a release exhibition showcasing sample pages from the new issue. Please let us know if you’re NOT ok with us using your works for that purpose. It’s part of our marketing and it usually takes place in a physical exhibition space, although these days we’re more likely to make a digital exhibition online at the Hybriden website.

*Your bio should be in third person and approximately 500-700 characters in length. It should read more as an entertaining and informative bio and less as a CV. What you want to say about yourself is up to you, but it’s generally more interesting for our readers to know about your interests, who you are and what else you’ve published rather than where you’ve studied. We may edit it if needed to fit our format.
Send comics, questions, etc to: submissions(a)cbkcomics(.)com


Unfortunately we cannot guarantee you any payment for participating (although these last few years we’ve had more financing so we have been able to pay at least something, i.e. when all the expenses have been paid we will share the surplus of the financial support we receive for CBA amongst the participants). If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can promise at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Also note that we are constantly overworked and there’s a great risk that we won’t get in touch in case your submission doesn’t make it into the current volume (we WILL, however, let you know if we do publish your submission, and if you don’t get into this one we might keep your comic for a future issue). We are sorry for this and will try to catch up as soon as things clear up (optimistically in 2025)…


Feel free to share this call for submissions to any comics creator you think would be interested!

Facebook event

 

Out now: CBA vol 60

CBA vol 60: Stories just came from the printer!

This volume of CBA has no theme, it’s just stories:

Stories are a way to escape reality, but also a way to communicate and to help us understand the world around us. These are stories on different subjects, told with different voices in different ways by 13 creators from 7 countries.

Comics by: Leviathan [SE], Oasis of Hate [PL], Daniela Filippin [IT], Eugenio Belgrado [IT], Hroge Cancelhaus [UK], Ivana Geček [HR], Joseph Hughes [US] & João Fraga Netto [US], Oskar Aspman [SE], Tom Mortimer [UK], Korina Hunjak [HR], Marcel Ruijters [NL].
Cover, text, illustrations & main editor: Mattias Elftorp [SE].

96 pages of international comics!

Get it from the Hybriden webshop!

This is also a good time to start a subscription.

Call for submissions – CBA vol 61: Liminal Space

Call for submissions for:
CBA vol 61: Liminal Space
Main editor: Oskar Aspman
Deadline: June 15

Liminal space, a concept that deconstructs the notion of fixed boundaries and absolute realities. It is a space that challenges the dualities of self and other, inside and outside, past and future.
A bridge to cross, a door to open.
A place to question and transcend

Liminality has always been a part of humanity. Maybe not as a state of transition but rather as a state of constant becoming. It is a space that disrupts the linearity of time and questions the stability of identity. That area of blurred boundaries is very much an integral part of the creative process for us as humans and artists.
A realm of ambiguity.
A pause in time, a shift in state.
A realm of potentiality.
Where form and meaning await

Here (or in there) we can push the boundaries of the unexpected. With comics, the idea of the liminal space can be used to craft stories and narratives that exist between different realms of reality.

To volume 61 of CBA we invite artists, to create and interpret Liminal Spaces and to engage with and contemplate their own experiences of blurred boundaries and change. A journey to the unknown into a space that invites us to question the very foundations of our understanding of the world and ourselves, and to embrace the multiplicity and fluidity of our existence.


—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: 20 x 26 cm
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 bio*, 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!
Normally, we also organize a release exhibition showcasing sample pages from the new issue. Please let us know if you’re NOT ok with us using your works for that purpose. It’s part of our marketing and it usually takes place in a physical exhibition space, although these days we’re more likely to make a digital exhibition online at the Hybriden website.

*Your bio should be approximately 500-700 characters in length. It should read more as an entertaining and informative bio and less as a CV. What you want to say about yourself is up to you, but it’s generally more interesting for our readers to know about your interests, who you are and what else you’ve published rather than where you’ve studied. We may edit it if needed to fit our format.
Send comics, questions, etc to: submissions(a)cbkcomics(.)com


Unfortunately we cannot guarantee you any payment for participating (although these last few years we’ve had more financing so we have been able to pay at least something, i.e. when all the expenses have been paid we will share the surplus of the financial support we receive for CBA amongst the participants). If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can promise at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Also note that we are constantly overworked and there’s a great risk that we won’t get in touch in case your submission doesn’t make it into the current volume (we WILL, however, let you know if we do publish your submission, and if you don’t get into this one we might keep your comic for a future issue). We are sorry for this and will try to catch up as soon as things clear up (optimistically in 2025)…


Feel free to share this call for submissions to any comics creator you think would be interested!

Facebook event

Out now: CBA vol 59

CBA vol 59: Aloneliness is here!

We finish off with the last issue of 2022. For once, the last issue of the year actually came out BEFORE the year is over. Celebrate this achievement with us by enjoying these comics about ALONELINESS:

In a world where everyone seems to be moving into the forced crowd that is the City (more than 50% of the entire population of earth live on the 2% surface that is urbanized, in Sweden the rate is 85%). The epidemic of loneliness is skyrocketing alongside the skyscrapers, we sit inside our empty little apartments with our empty little hearts. The mortality rate of being lonely rivaling those of smoking too much. We are but morals and the City is our graveyard it seems.

And one bad thing isn’t enough, because at the same time a new phenomenon is being researched. Aloneliness is the negative feelings that arise from NOT spending enough time alone. In a city, in a crowd there is never time to slow down, to contemplate, to ponder and to recover. Stress and its manufactured hellhole well-being-spa-solutions is in itself another epidemic.

SO this issue of CBA invites you to explore this longing to be more alone. These comics want to take you to your favourite place of solitude, show you moments of solitary relaxation, tell you the tale of nostalgia-ridden woodlands, a sunlit forest glade, the forgotten refuge on a rooftop in a crowded city.

Where do you go to, my lovely
When you’re alone in your bed?

Comics by: Gunnar Krantz [SE], Ole Comoll [DK], Julia Nascimento [BR/SE], Korina Hunjak [HR], AnnaKarin Fridh [SE], Maria van Driel [NL], Solo & Oz & AI [IN], Julia Magnusson [SE], Manasee Jog [AU], Tommi Musturi [FI], Anamarija Kvas [HR], Felipe Kolb Bernardes [BR/DE/SE], Ebba G. Ågren [SE], Stefan Petrini [SE].
Cover by: Oskar Aspman [SE], Pernille Sys Hansen [DK] (back cover).
Texts & illustrations & main editor: Oskar Aspman [SE].

120 pages of international comics!

Get it from the Hybriden webshop!

 

Out now: CBA vol 58

CBA vol 58: Modern Glossolalia or the Erosion of Meaning is here!

This issue was kind of a response to various election campaigns (not least the Swedish one) where the very meaning of words seem to have been a casualty of populist rhetoric in the hunt for votes. Freely interpreted by our comic creators, as usual.

How do we talk when words that used to mean certain things have become so vague that they can be freely appropriated by anyone, for any purpose? And what’s up with the currently so prevalent flirting with war, fascism and the dehumanization of anyone who doesn’t fit into the unspoken and conveniently unspecified national identity?
Objective truth (if there ever was such a thing) and even language itself seems to be sacrificed on the altar of rhetoric and propaganda.
What are the consequences when you can string any random, misspelled words together and people will make their own connections and decide to aggressively either agree or disagree, wholeheartedly even though the sentence actually makes no sense?

Comics by: Tom Mortimer [UK], Daniela Filippin [IT], Jesper Hellvik [DK], Felipe Kolb Bernardes [BR/DE/SE], Radovan Popović [RS], Aleksandar Opačić [RS], Jelle Kindt [BE], Gareth A Hopkins [UK], Mattias Elftorp [SE], Jean Jacques Tachdjian [FR], Helga Gorshe [RU], Miguel Santos [AO/PT], Leviathan [SE], Aiden Kvarnström [SE].
Texts by: Ainur Elmgren [SE/FI], Mattias Elftorp [SE].
Illustrations by: Mattias Elftorp [SE].
Cover & main editor: Mattias Elftorp [SE].

104 pages of international comics!

Get it from the Hybriden webshop!

 

Call for submissions – Stories for CBA vol 60

Call for submissions for:
CBA vol 60
Main Editor: Mattias Elftorp
Deadline: February 1

For this volume of CBA, we have no theme planned, we just want stories. Maybe we’ll set a theme after the deadline if we can find words to describe the comics we get, maybe we’ll leave it with no title. In any case, send us your comics and we’ll see what happens!

And don’t forget, we also want text articles (with or without illustrations)! If you’ve followed CBA the last few years (which of course you have, why wouldn’t you?), you can probably figure out what kind of material we’re after, even if it’s for an open theme this time.

Good luck, and we look forward to your submissions!

—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: 20 x 26 cm
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 bio*, 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!
Normally, we also organize a release exhibition showcasing sample pages from the new issue. Please let us know if you’re NOT ok with us using your works for that purpose. It’s part of our marketing and it usually takes place in a physical exhibition space, although these days we’re more likely to make a digital exhibition online at the Hybriden website.

*Your bio should be approximately 500-700 characters in length. It should read more as an entertaining and informative bio and less as a CV. What you want to say about yourself is up to you, but it’s generally more interesting for our readers to know about your interests, who you are and what else you’ve published rather than where you’ve studied. We may edit it if needed to fit our format.
Send comics, questions, etc to: submissions(a)cbkcomics(.)com


Unfortunately we cannot guarantee you any payment for participating (although these last few years we’ve had more financing so we have been able to pay at least something, i.e. when all the expenses have been paid we will share the surplus of the financial support we receive for CBA amongst the participants). If we publish your submission you will receive 10 free copies of the issue. That’s all we can promise at this date. Hopefully you will find being in CBA an enjoyable experience. Naturally, copyright for your material will stay in your hands.

Also note that we are constantly overworked and there’s a great risk that we won’t get in touch in case your submission doesn’t make it into the current volume (we WILL, however, let you know if we do publish your submission, and if you don’t get into this one we might keep your comic for a future issue). We are sorry for this and will try to catch up as soon as things clear up (optimistically in 2025)…


Feel free to share this call for submissions to any comics creator you think would be interested!

Digital exhibition: WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW (CBA vol 54|55)

CBK presents:
WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW
A new digital exhibitions to celebrate the release of CBA vol 54|55!

Where: hybriden.se
When: The exhibition starts Friday Sep 16 at 17:00
and will stay active for the foreseeable future (or at least until Nov 30).

Have you ever had to just stop what you’re doing and go: “Wait, is this a dream?”
When the unknown starts bleeding into reality and you are forced to question your sanity, if just a little bit.
You know the sort of thing that happens in dreams that makes you sure it’s just a dream? How do you cope when it happens in the waking world?

Artists: Kinga Dukaj [SE], Knut Larsson [SE], Oskar Aspman [SE], Radovan Popović [RS], Aleksandar Opačić [RS], Marcel Ruijters [NL], Saskia Gullstrand [SE], Aiden Kvarnström [SE], Katie Handley [UK], Felipe Kolb Bernardes [BR/DE/SE], Susanne Johansson [SE], Korina Hunjak [HR], Mattias Elftorp [SE], Ollie Severin [SE], Sid Church [CA], Henrik Rogowski [SE], David Lasky [US].
Exhibition by: Kinga Dukaj.

Go HERE to see the exhibition.
CBA vol 54|55: WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW and other books can be ordered from the Hybriden webshop.

This exhibition is presented with support from

 


Edit:

We’d like to say a few words about one of the comic creators in CBA vol 54|55, Ollie Severin.
We recently heard about their untimely passing due to illness and we are heartbroken. We would like to send our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to their family and all their friends and comics colleagues.