CB Cebulski and Rob Guillory’s Con Submissions Story

C.B. Cebulski of Marvel, and Rob Guillory of Chew did this short story about C.B.'s time as a submissions editor, reviewing the work of artists at conventions.  It's a rough go, it would seem.  He reposted it to twitter today, in the wake of so many people posting tips under the hashtag #SDCCReviews, giving amateurs tips on how to get their stuff seen and what to do when submitting samples. If you're thinking of getting comic work, or are just interested in how things work, read through those.  They're fascinating.

S.A.S.E. (Send Another Submissions Editor) appeared in a Hero Initiative (donate!) anthology a few years back, and C.B. posted it on his blog.  It's still entirely relevant, and pretty funny.  Plus, we didn't know Rob Guillory back then, but we know him now, and the guy is still magic.

Check out the first page, and read the rest here.


  1. Those were fun to read.

  2. HAHA! This was great. When I’m on a line to meet an artist, every now and the person in front of me wants to have the artist review their portfolio, so a lot of these ring VERY true.


    I wish they had done more. Mr. Cebulski’s voice is fantastic and ever since I started picking up Chew, I’ve really loved Guillory’s art, which looks FANTASTIC in black and white. 

  3. Top work! 🙂

    I’ll remember to not act like a crazy person if I ever submit anything 😛

  4. I remember reading it and its still hilarious. I went to the Boston Comic Con with an artist freind of mine and we waited in line so he could show some submissions and for every four normal guy in line there was one that was clearly cucko fo coco puffs

  5. I can barely believe people are actually like this when going to a review. Great work C.B., I’m sure people would love to hear more of your adventures at con in this form.

  6. If you’ve never been to a con… these stories are not hard to believe. I have little desire to be a creator, but I’ve been in the midst of having conversations with some of the guys who are, or have connections and… wow. Just the insane interruptions and lack of tact.

  7. and if you think thats something, try going to a film festival! =P

  8. I think the one that rings the most true is the one where the guy believes his own hype. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen do that at cons. They’re so into themselves that they feel sitting down to have their stuff reviewed is doing the editor a favor. Then, when the constructive criticism starts, they have a glass jaw. Some can take it and move on, some can’t. It’s when they start spouting off things like "You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m gonna be HUGE!" as they leave that make you wonder just what goes through these people’s heads.


    It’s that star mentality that bothers me. Look at the one where the father is talking on behalf of his son. Look at the one I mentioned above. Apparently, there is this fantastic notion that there’s a lot of money and deals to be had in making comics…yeah, right! I blame Frank Miller, Mark Millar and to a lesser extent Jim Lee for this. This idea of "I’m going to create a comic, then have it made into a movie and make MILLIONS" just doesn’t sit right with this comics fan. 

    Whatever happened to going to a con to have your work looked at, but being as professional as possible. If you’re going to meet someone to review your portfolio, you should treat it like you would a job interview. Be kind, courteous, open to criticism, but most of all, be polite. They’re giving you their time to look at your work, you should give them the courtesy to look them in the eye and thank them.