Want to Contribute to Panel Patter?

Panel Patter is designed to be a collective of writers who care deeply about comics as a medium. We are passionate about comics, and we want people to know about the comics we like, so we write about them in our spare time. We review comics of all kinds, but work hard to bring attention to micropress, self-published, and comics from traditionally ignored groups, such as people of color and LGBT creators, though we're happy that those voices are growing louder every day!

But we are always looking for a few new people to bring their fresh perspectives to the table, on a platform that, through years of hard work, is recognized in the indie comics world and has been considered worthy of Eisner consideration.

Is that YOU? Would you like to be a part of Panel Patter?

If so, here's the details:

What You Need to Know:

We have a strong following, and our voice is respected. Writing for us has led to several people getting writing opportunities at other, larger sites.

We don't force you to write on a schedule.

We don't tell you who to write about. (With a few exceptions--people who harm others in comics with their words or actions are not people we want to lend a voice to!)

We don't have a specific word count.

We have a strong relationship with multiple publishes and indie creators, enabling you to access digital review copies as a member of the staff.

We can often get you a press pass to shows, though that's never a guarantee.

We don't own what you write. You do.

We will make sure you have a byline, either directly via post creation or as part of the article.

We don't pay at this time. None of us get any money from the site, and Rob pays for the site to exist. This may change at some point, but it's not a guarantee.

What Kind of Content?

We do a mix of reviews, interviews, commentary, and features. Any of those are welcome!

We are especially looking for writers who would be interested in helping bolster our weekly preview (Catch it at the Comic Shop) and short reviews of weekly books (Single Minded).

Right now, we're a bit light on manga and webcomics, so if that's something you really like, we're especially interested in hearing from you.

What We're Looking For:

People who love comics. That's a given.

People who want to write about the kinds of comics we cover. Which is pretty close to anything, frankly. However, Panel Patter is more known for covering comics that go under the radar, regardless of the publisher. If you only want to write about Big 2 superhero books, that's probably a better fit elsewhere. But that doesn't mean we aren't interested in your thoughts on Batman--it just can't be the only thing you're writing about for us.

People who will write a review, not a plot summary. We aren't doing recaps of the material we read. We are discussing why the comic is good--or why it's not.

People who are respectful. Hurling insults at a comic is easy. Talking about why a comic is or is not recommended is hard.

People who will discuss the whole comic. It's not just the script, it's not just the art, it's a complete whole.

Is that you?

Send Rob an e-mail at trebro@gmail.com, and let's talk!