Apr 28 2010

How Long Should Graphic Novels and Comic Books Be?

If you’re interested in length guidelines for graphic novels, please see this LinkedIn discussion. By the way, if you’re interested in getting published, I’d recommend getting on LinkedIn. It’s like Facebook for professionals. For example, right now I’m in discussions with other writers about how best to build up a writing platform to impress prospective publishers. I think it’s even better for comic book teams: I posted a request for feedback on a group for comic book illustrators and received feedback that was very useful and informed.


PS: Based on the graphic novels I’ve seen recently, I think anywhere between 132-200 pages would be publisher-friendly. However! Each publisher has its own preferred length, so check out what they’ve been publishing lately. If your length is significantly outside of the range of what they’ve published in the past few years, I think that bodes poorly for your chances there.


One final note: As a measure of comparison, comic books are usually 20-26 pages of content (not including ads). As always, check out what the publishers put out, but Marvel and DC usually publish at the shorter side of that, compared to Dark Horse and Image.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “How Long Should Graphic Novels and Comic Books Be?”

  1. Contra Gloveon 28 Apr 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I signed up for LinkedIn, but how exactly would it help me get published?

  2. B. Macon 29 Apr 2010 at 10:11 am

    Check out some of the groups related to publishing and (as applicable) literary agents, novels, comic books, illustrators, editors, etc. Take part in the discussions. When your manuscript is ready to go, ask a few agents and/or editors to look at the first chapter or first few pages of the script and tell you what they think. If you’re doing a comic book, do the same for your sample art with illustrators.

  3. Contra Gloveon 29 Apr 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Know any good places to start, since I’m writing a superhero(ine) YA novel?

  4. B. Macon 29 Apr 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Okay, here are some. American Independent Writers, The Pen, Novelists Networking Group, Internet Librarian International (for networking), Book Publishing Professionals, and Publishing Professionals. Also, there’s this super-long one with a lot of commas: Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors, and Writing Professionals. I tried looking for something on YA specifically but came up with nothing.

  5. Nayanon 08 Nov 2012 at 2:33 am

    @B. Mac
    For a new writer, sending a proposal of a one shot is preferable to graphic novels or ongoing series. But it is difficult to complete a story in 32 pages. Can you name some good 32 page one shots? I will read them to understand the pacing of the stories. If I write a comic script of 60
    pages, should I send a proposal for a stand alone or 2 issues mini series?

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