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This Will Explain Everything


An open call to comic artists and illustrators.

The Edinburgh-based Forest Publishing is putting together a graphic novel anthology titled This Will Explain Everything and we are looking for work from artists who combine words and images in various ways. This anthology is an imaginary encyclopedia: a compendium of knowledge that is true, half-true, false, absurd or very confusing. A reader will come away from this book intrigued, amazed, mystified, puzzled, perplexed, bewildered, bemused and befuddled but not necessarily informed.

Your entry should explain something. It can be a piece of disinformation, speculation or thorough nonsense. It could be about how a tractor works, what heart burn really is, an explanation of long-distance running or zen. Facts are fine but, for this project, they are not the ultimate point. We’re looking for unique points of view on a wide-range of objects and ideas.

When submitting: do consider the different forms of informative imagery you could play around with: diagrams, maps, tables, technical illustrations, instruction manuals etc.

'How Clouds Work' by Dan Meth

Technical specs:
You can submit multipage strips, spreads or single-page images in colour or black and white. The format of the book will be 245mm x 168mm (portrait) with a bleed of 3mm past the edge of the page on all sides. If your image needs to reach the edge of the page, don’t put anything important in the bleed zone where it will get chopped off. If you intend to do a spread, please keep important things away from the centre of the image as there will be a deep gutter. (These specs aside, if you already have finished work in a different format, we might be able to fit it in anyway.)

Submissions should be emailed as low resolution jpegs (make sure that any text is readable, though) to Write ‘Submission‘ in the subject line.

Alternatively, you can send us a good quality photocopy by regular mail. The address is:

Magda Boreysza at Forest Publishing,
3 Bristo Place,
Edinburgh EH1 1EY, United Kingdom

If your piece is selected we will ask you to send a high quality image file.