Commando comics aim to tell exciting and interesting stories suitable for readers of all ages. On land, at sea, and in the air, Commando’s stories cover every corner of the globe and are set throughout world history, the epic tales of bravery in battle making Commando Comics the Home of Heroes! Four new Commando stories are published each month, and we strive to have variety in every release.
Pitch and Script Submission Guidelines
Your pitch should include an introductory summary and a short synopsis of the complete story. The introduction should only be a couple of sentences long and should capture the Editor’s attention, whilst the synopsis should reach roughly 1000 words, clearly showing the plot’s development.
Pitches can be set during any era of conflict, from the Roman Empire up until the 1980s. Wars during the 1980s and 1990s may be considered as long as they handle the subject matter sensitively and appropriately.
As Commando has a vast amount of history to draw inspiration from, the cast can also be hugely diverse. Stories are often told from the hero’s perspective, but the tales do not necessarily have to be a standard ‘good versus evil’ format. The stories should be about adventures occasioned by the war, not just about warfare. Emotional conflict and character development is key to an interesting story which will grasp the reader’s attention.
Stories do not need to be about Commandos. Any branch of the Army, Navy or Air Force may be used. Principle characters can be of any nationality.
We are aiming to branch out from familiar Commando themes of rescuing someone or something from enemy territory; wiping out a secret weapon in enemy territory; conflict between veteran sergeants and their young lieutenants; characters starting out as rivals and ending as friends. Although these ideas are still acceptable, they must have an original and refreshing take on the story to carry the well-worn theme.
If you have an exciting story to tell, please email your pitch to us, along with a covering letter or samples of your previous work. Don’t forget to keep your eye on our submissions page for specific calls for pitches.
If your pitch is successful, the Commando Team will be in touch to discuss next steps.
Artwork Submission Guidelines
For new interior artists, submissions should show the ability to tell strong sequential stories through black and white art. New cover artists should demonstrate the ability to create stunning, eye-catching images in full colour. All submissions should show the ability to feature a diverse cast relevant to the era, and accuracy in regards to uniforms, machinery, artillery, etc. A link to a personal online portfolio and three to five pages of work from previous projects will be sufficient, with a sample brief being available upon request. It should be noted that no payment will be made for artwork trials.
If you have what it takes to ink these exciting action stories, please email your submission to us.
If your submission is successful, the Commando Team will be in touch to discuss next steps.
- Each Commando issue is 63 pages long, with roughly 135 panels total.
- Although a great knowledge of technical and service background is not essential, we strive to be as accurate as possible in Commando comics. When including specific artillery, machinery, regiments, foreign terms, etc., please do ensure the details are accurate.
- No horrific scenes are ever used, and the brutal side of war should not be featured unless completely necessary to the plot. If excessive violence is needed to move the plot forward, it should only be told in the wording and not drawn into the strip.
- Commando comics often have a hugely diverse cast. Offensive material will not be accepted. Racist or offensive depictions will be removed, or a redraw will be requested.
Call for Pitches
Calling all Writers!
We’re currently looking for writers who are willing to jump into action and pen some exciting adventure stories.
Please read our above guidelines before submitting your ideas.
We’re currently looking for pitches which feature any of the following:
- Women at War – from WRENs to the ATS, Land Girls to Night Witches, women have played inspiring and important roles throughout military history. We’re looking for story ideas which see these ladies in action.
- ANZAC Heroes – the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps faced some of the fiercest action during the First World War. We’re looking for stories which showcase the heroism of these brave soldiers.
- The Battle of Pork Chop Hill – as the 65th anniversary of the battle approaches, we’re looking for an exciting story which commemorates the events.
This call for submissions will close on Monday 21st August.