Oh, wow — is there a place your script is viewable? I’d love to take a peek!
Finding an artist can depend on a few things, the most pertinent of which, I think is…
How do you hope to distribute the final work?
If you are working with your publisher, they’ll likely be ready and able to connect you with artists. If you know of an artist you want to work with, you may approach your publisher with samples of their work and let the publisher get in contact.
If you don’t have a publisher, and you want to pitch the project, you’ll likely want to hire an artist to help you create a pitch package — just like when selling a novel or TV show. Your pitch package should contain the title and logline, a one-paragraph outline of the story, a one-page treatment that goes into more detail, short character bios with illustrations, and 6-12 pages of finished comics to show what you and your artist can do together. Most of my income comes from partnering with writers to pitch books, and I charge roughly $2500-$5000 for finished pitch packages, but that is always changing!
If you plan to self publish, You’re going to want to start saving your pennies to compensate your artist. A single page of inked comics goes between $100-$300 bucks a pop.
If you’re thinking you want to do a webcomic, you may be able to find an artist willing to collaborate with you for a lesser fee, or even as a partner working pro-bono. However, in doing this you have to accept that paying work will always take precedence over your project, and your artist may have to walk away mid-project as their career changes. If you can’t pay good rates, you’ll need to make working with you worthwhile in other ways, and be understanding when your artist has other obligations.
OKAY! But if you knew all that already — Contact artist who are already working in styles you like or genres that you regularly work in! Almost all of us are on the look-out for work.
Conventions are a great place to make connections and nab business cards, but following links from webcomics and art blogs can be even more fruitful (just like you messaging me via Valor! Good call!).
Don’t be scared to email an artist inquiring about their availability and rates — even if we can’t take on your project, due to our schedules or our financial needs, we may know someone who can. We really are a big community, and I’ve passed work on to my friends and studiomates on many occasions when I was just too swamped to take it on, or when I thought someone else would be a better fit.
Tumblr and DeviantArt are great places to unearth artists, but be sure to check their professional portfolio websites, too. See what they’ve done in the past, and don’t be scared to drop a line to other writers, editors or partners they’ve worked with to see how they are with deadlines and such. I pride myself good communication and meeting deadlines, but there are some amazing artists out there who just can’t finish things. You don’t want your baby stuck in limbo for years.
You can also place advertisements seeking artists on places like Freelanced, kijiji, Conceptart.org and so on, but I think you will have a better chance of getting what you really want if you do a little hunting around and approach artists directly. That way, you know who you’re working with and what you’re getting right from the start.
You can also check the author information in anthologies like Flight or Valor or books from graphic novel publishers like First Second, Archaia and Oni Press, and look them up. Just because an artist has been published doesn’t mean they arent looking for work!
I hope that was helpful, and not just longwinded! Feel free to drop me a line if you want to know something more specific, or if you’d like to chat more!