Submission Guidelines

Review Requests

Due to an irregular schedule I cannot commit to reviews, however I will mention other creators’ work as and when I can. I also write a regular feature, Indie Penance, in which I feature several new indie comics or graphic novels.

I’m  still open to review requests or submissions for the following:

  • Comics and graphic novels (self-publishers please see below)
  • Movies
  • Video games (only narrative-driven titles or indie releases that will appeal to a comic/film audience)
  • Film/television related books (such as art books, critique/column compilations and TV show companions)
  • Illustrated prose books

Currently the site does not review:

  • Novels (as I simply do not have the time to read them)
  • Fan fiction, fan videos, cosplay efforts or parody videos
  • Pornography

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Guidelines for Self-published Comics/Graphic Novels

The real focus of has always been to help promote the underdogs; the writers, artists and comic creators out there who have decided to go it alone, whether by choice or necessity.

Currently, however, I’m receiving more review requests for self-published comics than I could ever respond to. A good number of these read along the lines of:

Hey there Mr Shelf,

I have just done a new comic. It got zombies in it. Let me know if you interested in reviewing it.


As someone who has more ambitions than they have time, I have no choice but to pass on such proposals. Life is simply too short.

When you submit your effort please ensure that the email contains several of the following, so that I may get a good impression of the book:

  • An attached sample of the comic, and/or a link to several sample pages
  • A cover image or promotional image that could be used in a news post/review
  • A brief synopsis
  • A little context: any useful information about yourself, and/or links to any homepages of the talent involved
  • What you have in mind (review/news story/interview

Please also be aware that the site does not review pornographic or torture-porn horror comics. But if your work is a little kinky (as in a sex-oriented comedy) or a reasonably graphic horror, do still feel free to submit it.

Sending review copies

Got a book to send to Please understand the following:

Digital copies

Due to an irregular work schedule I cannot commit to reviewing digital copies of your work, so please do not email me to ask me if I’d be interested. Just send a link to a PDF, a Dropbox link, a download code, or something that allows me to take a look. I give you my word as a fellow writer and artist that neither myself nor anyone else affiliated with the site will share your work without your permission.

Physical copies

Please get in touch with an email telling me about your work (press releases, previews or promotional images are always good) and make it clear that you are looking to send a physical copy, and if I’m interested I’ll provide you my address. All physical copies received will feature on the site in some form or another, if not necessaries as a review.

Guest blogging

Guest bloggers and contributors are always welcome, so if you happen to catch me at a busy time feel free to submit an article promoting your work to the site. Click here for details.

Despite what you might have heard from Google and various SEO news sites, a relevant and unique news story about your work, a journalistic piece, or an article about your creative process will not do anyone any harm.


Currently I’m happy to speak to any of you crazy creators out there, be you at the top of the industry or a future talent struggling to promote your first book. But please do bear in mind that I’m situated in the United Kingdom, which makes phone interviews to America awkward but not impossible. Just in touch and we’ll organise something, perhaps via Skype or MSN. Or even just email.

And one last thing…

Please, don’t feel the need to proceed a submission by telling me that my blog is your favourite website, or that you’re a long-term reader (unless, of course, either of those happen to be true). If I had as many visitors as I had comic creators telling me how ardently they follow my site, I’d be a very rich happy man.

Thanks in advance,
Carl Doherty

Storytelling, comic books and self-publishing