Lush Comics is a publishing tool for indie comics artists. You can publish your comics digitally, at no cost to you, to many different catalogs, at once. You keep all of your rights, and 70% of the proifits. It's that simple. Check out an example.
This page lists some of the things you may want to know if you're thinking about publishing.
What do you need in order to publish?
- A user account. If you don't have one already, just click on "Register/Log In" above. In the process of creating a user account, you agree to let Lush Comics publish your artwork. Your email address will be used to send you payments. Currently via PayPal.
- Your comic. The images need to be cropped to be 768 pixels wide by 1024 pixels tall. JPG or PNG formatted images are fine. They'll need to be high enough quality so that when you zoom in at least double, the images aren't pixelated.
- A high-resolution version of your cover image. It will need a minimum of 1400 pixels on the smallest side.
- A title and a description.
That's about it.
How Do I Start?
- Register for an account. Once logged in, you go to the dashboard and choose "Create a Comic."
- From there, you can upload your cover image, pages, add a title, descriptiion, choose a price, etc.
- When you're done, save it. You can edit it until you are ready to submit it for review. To submit, go to Status, and choose "Submit for Review"
What about ownership and copyright? Can I publish elsewhere?
You retain all of your rights. The only right you grant is to allow us to sell your comics on your behalf. Read the user's agreement. Lush is a self-publishing platform for indie artists, not a traditional publishing company. You can choose to sell your comics anywhere you'd like. And that's the way it should be. We do think that we're the best option for selling your digital comics, so you probably won't want to publish yourself anywhere else, but if you do, we have no problem with it. Also, you can remove your comics any time.
What about pricing? How do I get paid?
- All artists are paid 70% of net sales from their comics. "Net sales" is the amount of money that the different publishing channels (Google Books, Android, Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble), pay Lush after selling a comic. As an example, for comics sold via the Lush Comics app, and on the iBooks bookstore, Google and Apple take 30% of the sale price and give 70% to Lush. That money is the Net Sales which is in turn split 70/30 between the artist and Lush Comics respectively.
- At the end of each month, if an artist is owed over $10.00, they are paid via Paypal.
Can I charge anything I want? How do I set the price of my comic?
- When you create your comic, you will have the option of setting the price you want to sell your comic for. Instead of any dollar amounts, you chose price tiers. Each tier corresponds to a specific dollar amount, increasing by $1.00 USD each successive tier. Additionally each tier is internationlized across different currencies. Here is what it looks like for US Dollars, the Euro, and British Pounds.
|Tier||USD $||EUR €||GBP (£)|
What other formatting details do I need to know?
- All of the metadata text, the title, description, genre, and contributors need to be in English, in proper case, without any non-standard English characters.
- The cover image needs to include the title and the author's name.
The description can not:
- Contain advertisements or links
- Mention products (like an included CD or poster) that aren't actually included in your comic. Which is usually impossible.
- Be false or misleading. For example, you can't tell people that it is in color if it is in black & white.
Is there a minimum length?
- We don't publish books shorter than 24 pages.
Are other languages besides English acceptable?
- Currently Lush Comics only publishes English Language comics.
What about the content?
While Lush Comics is in the business of getting comics to fans with as little interference as possible, there are some limits in terms of what you can publish. Below are some general guidelines. We reserve the right to refuse to publish on any basis.
- No pornography. While some sexual content is allowed there is a limit. If it couldn't be shown on HBO before 10 pm, it can't be posted.
No Hate Speech.
- "Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.
No comics consisting of entirely of 3-D stock art.
- While we view that using 3-D art is a valid form of personal expression, the demand for comics that consist entirely of 3-D stock art (or look like they are) is not great enough for us to sustain distributing it. Nothing personal. If it's your thing, keep rocking it. In some cases we may make exceptions if the writing is transcendant or the compositions are incredibly innovative but don't hold your breath.
- You must have the right to distribute your comics. If everything in you book, you created yourself then you are all set. If you are using stock imagery, you must have permission to use it and credit the work properly (both the company that provided it and the artist when possible) in your comic. This also includes typefaces.
- No advertising.
- All credited contributors must be listed with their full real name.
No prices on the cover or inside the comic.
- You'll have a chance to set the price along with the title and description.
- No bar codes on the cover: they just don't make sense here.
- Page numbers should not be included nor a table of contents with page numbers since they often will not match the actual content.
If you still have any questions, please contact us.