Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Hound Business

How do I invest in Hound Comics, Inc. (Hound Entertainment Group)?

Hound Comics is a privately held company, and is not listed on any stock exchange. Hound Comics will however discuss private investing opportunities. Please contact us to arrange a meeting at Ask@houndcomics.com

 

Does Hound Comics offer internships?

Hound Comics does offer unpaid internships in conjunction with school programs. However, to be considered for internship, the following information must be received:

1. Information from sponsoring school / program describing the requirements.
2. Current resume if available.
3. Letter indicating the time frame of when you are looking to intern and which department you are interested in (e.g. Editorial, Marketing, Accounting, Production, Product Development, Operations, Licensing, Legal, Administration, etc.)

For more detailed information and contact information to apply click HERE.


Does Hound Comics hire artists?

The only artists on staff happen to be owners of the company. Artists and creators are welcome to forward us submissions of their work and projects; see Submission Requirements for more details HERE.


May I use any Hound Comics artwork for my web page?

Please contact our legal department at Legal@houndcomics.com for more information on using copyrighted material on your website.


Where can I buy Hound Comics?

To purchase Hound Comics products and merchandise please visit our distribution page HERE.

 

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Permission for Use

Hound Comics, Inc. (Hound Publishing), as publisher, gives its permission to reproduce on an internet website the material subject to these terms and conditions:

1. Permission is granted for use of the material for the purpose of advertisement or promotion and only for the use designated by this permission, and provided that the use is not detrimental or demeaning and does not suggest or imply sponsorship.

2. In any copy of the material, the following copyright notice and credits will appear in easily readable print in the credits of the web page and near the image:

"Published by Hound Comics, Inc." If the Hound Comics logo is used, the following notice will appear in the credits: "The Borderhounds, Brimstone and The Borderhounds, Hound Comics, and the Hound Comics logo are trademarks of Hound Comics, Inc., registered in various categories and countries."

3. This permission is personal and may not be assigned or transferred; it will terminate if not used within one year from the effective date of this agreement.

4. This permission is nonexclusive and for use only in electronic, non-profit format. Hound Comics, Inc. expressly reserves all rights and privileges on behalf of itself and any licensor, and may terminate permission to use at any time.

5. Hound Comics, Inc. will receive notification of the location of the web site in which the material appears, and the date of first appearance. A link to the Hound Comics web site (http://www.houndcomics.com) must be provided in the web site in which the material appears.

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Publicity Requests

 If you're affiliated with a magazine, newspaper, radio station, television station or some other legitimate news-type organization and are looking for publicity information, e-mail PR@houndcomics.com. Your e-mail will be received by someone in our PR/Marketing department and he/she will contact you shortly.

**If you are looking to interview or request a quote specifically from Brimstone; please forward your request to PublicRelations@houndcomics.com and someone will respond to your request shortly. Please do NOT contact us here for autograph requests... they can be purchased for a nominal fee via Brimstone’s Official Website.

 

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Distribution

I'm an overseas publisher and I'd like some info. Who do I contact?

Please contact our international licensing contact at: ask@houndcomics.com.


I'm interested in selling Hound Comics products. Whom do I contact?

Hound Comics products are available from the following vendors:

Direct market (comics-specialty, non-returnable):
Our distributor / broker for this market is:

Diamond Comic Distributors
1966 Greenspring Drive, Suite 300
Timonium, Maryland 21093
Jay Spence: (410) 560-7112 Ext: 272

Bookstore market (returnable trades, graphic novels, and hardcovers):
Our distributor for this market is:

Source Interlink Companies
27500 Riverview Center Blvd.
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Susan Dovi:  (239) 949-4450 (US/Canada)

Newsstand market (returnable comic periodical):
Our distributor for this market is:

Source Interlink Companies
27500 Riverview Center Blvd.
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Susan Dovi:  (239) 949-4450 (US/Canada)

If you feel that your business falls outside these markets, please contact the Hound Comics Staff at Ask@houndcomics.com

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 Submissions Policy

Comic Books

Hound Comics will only publish creator-owned material! In a nutshell, we want to help you publish YOUR comics – we aren’t looking for you to work on our existing titles. When you look to submit your work to us, we certainly expect it to be something original, not something utilizing existing Borderhound characters. Hound will only accept proposals for a brand new series or stand alone graphic novels.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT writing (that is scripts, plots, etc.) samples! If you are an established professional, there may be a possibility that Hound could provide someone that’d be willing to work on your project; but it would be nearly impossible for us to read through every single script that may find its way into our mailbox. Please… DO NOT SEND your script or your plotline unaccompanied by art -- it will most likely be discarded, unread.

WE DO ACCEPT penciling, inking, lettering, or coloring samples. Our art department will keep all samples on file and may potentially connect you with other creators if and when the occasion presents itself. If your art-only submission is not kept on file, you will not receive a response.

The titles that Hound publishes are all creator owned/creator generated properties and WE DON'T PAY PAGE RATES. Show some initiative! Do some research and some networking and work out a deal with whomever you may end up working with, and we'll do our best to make it as painless as possible. Hound takes a small, flat fee off the books we publish and the remainder will always go to that title’s creative team. Hound is NOT involved in the way that the profit is split up between the creators involved. Not our problem… do not care!

All proposals should contain the following:

1.      A cover letter with all contact information (name, e-mail address, address, phone and fax numbers) clearly at the TOP of the page. You don't need to ramble on or be flowery or tell us how much you love Hound Comics, introduce yourself and get on with it. If you've had published work you could let us know about it (or even include it) but we don't need your resumé.

2.      A ONE PAGE, synopsis of the overall STORY. We DO NOT want a single-issue synopsis -- we want a synopsis of the ENTIRE series or story arc. As concisely and as succinctly as you are able, TELL US THE STORY, make us interested. Please avoid hyperbole -- avoid questions as plot points -- spell it out in plain English, etc. We are the PUBLISHER, not the audience. TELL US WHAT HAPPENS! Explain why we (or anyone else) would be interested in this series. KEEP IT SHORT! We get thousands of submissions, cut to the chase -- if you can sell us your book with a single paragraph, do it!

3.      Send fully INKED and LETTERED pages (preferably COLORED). We'd like to see AT LEAST 2-3 pages, if you have MORE finished pages, swell! Bring 'em on! Two-three is the MINIMUM we want to see - not a maximum. We want to READ it. If the lettering sucks we may suggest a different letterer for the final comic book. The important thing here is that we can SEE that you know what you're doing, that you understand where to place copy and how to tell a story.

Presentation is not THAT important -- a pretty binder is not going to make or break a proposal. We don't green light bad projects because they're in a nice binder -- nor do we reject a good project because it's not in a nice binder. We want to SEE how it might look on a printed page so make sure it's a high quality file (ideally 300dpi CYMK), if the pages look unprofessional, it WON'T get a green light.

4.      Color is OPTIONAL but PREFERED. If you have a colorist and can provide color pages, great! This means you CAN send in colored pages you just don't HAVE to (although, if you want a color book, it would be advisable). We DO reserve the right to approve colorists as a poor one can ruin a decent book.

5.      Include a cover mock-up -- this lets us know whether or not you understand the market and gives us a good barometer on your design sense. A good logo can be EASILY read from across the room. Don't be fancy or artistic -- be CLEAR. You can send character sketches and or bios, but not in lieu of storytelling pages -- we still need to see finished pages of sequential storytelling, lettered and inked. DO NOT send script pages -- DO NOT send unlettered pages accompanied by a script and expect us to follow along.

**THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

Things often change from proposal to the printed page. If the intended title of your book is awkward or unwieldy, we may suggest changing it. If your logo is an unreadable mess, we may suggest changing it. There are cases where we've designed logos and helped redesign characters and done cover sketches. We WON'T do anything without YOUR approval, of course, but it's not uncommon for us to get pretty involved. Our ultimate goal is to sell your comic book. If you succeed, we succeed. We'll do what we can to help.

NO NUDITY OR FOUL LANGUAGE WILL BE ACCEPTED! Period.

The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. It is NOT okay to pitch a book and say it will be written by Frank Miller and drawn by Jim Lee and then switch to another creative team. If the artist you pitched with leaves the team, go back to the end of the line and start over. This also means that on all ongoing titles, we need to be made aware of and approve ALL changes in the creative team. It's NOT okay to have six pages in issue #1 drawn by some hotshot while some guy off the street draws the rest of it.

DO NOT hand Hound employees submissions at comic book conventions. We have enough stuff to haul around as it is. Your pitch is far MORE likely to get lost, misplaced or discarded if we get it at a show.

BECAUSE WE RECEIVE SUCH A HIGH VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A REPLY WITHIN A MONTH, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER YOUR PROPOSAL REJECTED. We make absolute certain that we get in touch with submitters that we are interested in within a month of receiving them.

DO NOT try to pull a fast one! Don't think that you can get away with saying that you had a book approved at a convention or that a previous publisher gave your book the go ahead. If your book is not up to snuff, you're just making yourself look unprofessional. WE will decide on what gets published under the Hound name, not the fact that it was accepted by another company.

Please do not try to "impress" us with all the deals you've lined up or testimonials from your friends or family. We don't care that Stan Lee told you that your stuff looked "neat" when he was cornered in the Men's room (we know Stan and we'll ask him) -- we are only interested in the comic itself. Your work sells your work -- not praise from others. SHOW US why we should publish your stuff.

Send your submissions to:  Submissions@houndcomics.com

We are not looking for any specific genre or type of comic book. We are looking for comics that are well written and well drawn, by people who are dedicated and can meet deadlines.

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 Submissions Policy

Novels

Manuscript Submission -

So you want to join the Hound Team? Wonderful! We are currently accepting submissions for all genres. We are looking for works that are well written by people who are dedicated and can meet deadlines. If you're half as passionate about writing as we are, we want to hear from you. So take a deep breath, step out on that limb and send us a query.

Here are a few tips on submitting your manuscript to Hound Publishing:

  1. We prefer initial queries, but will look at unsolicited partial or complete manuscripts.
  2. All material should be the author's own original, previously unpublished work. 
  3. For electronic submissions, we will accept text files in .txt, .rtf, .doc or .docx
  4. Name your file following this format: LastName_SeriesInitials_Title (ex. Rawlings_TMKS_Witch Hunt)
  5. Your name and title should appear in the upper left-hand header of each page, and page number on the right.
  6. Your cover letter (Page 1 of file) must have your complete name, email, address and phone number, as well as any relevant information about the manuscript. We need to know the genre, word count and status of your manuscript. Additionally, please include a brief bio, any publishing history, writing awards and a one paragraph synopsis of the material. 
  7. Following your cover letter should be a synopsis — preferably between 500-1000 words, giving a brief overview of your story (including the ending).
  8. The next page should start with your Prologue/Chapter One. Include the first ten (10) chapters.
  9. All submissions will be evaluated in a timely a fashion. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as your work has been reviewed. If after three months you haven't received a response, feel free to requery.
  10. A literary agent is not required in order to submit to Hound Publishing. If you are working with an agent, she or he should contact us directly.

Send your submissions to:  Submissions@houndpublishing.com

We are not looking for any specific genre or type of book. We are looking for works that are well written by people who are dedicated and can meet deadlines.

Finally, since Hound Comics, Inc. owns no intellectual properties, you can be assured, accepted or not, your property will remain yours.

We wish you the best luck and the greatest success,

The Hound Creative Team

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