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 took a hiatus in 2023, but are back and ready to do what we always prided ourselves on, no matter who was writing for the site: Telling the world about great comics!

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. None of us get any money from the site, and Rob pays for the site to exist.

What Kind of Content?

Historically, we did a mix of reviews, interviews, commentary, and features. Any of those are welcome but we are open to other ideas!

A great way to be a part of the site was always helping with two of our mainstay features, Catch It at the Comic Shop (a preview column running on Tuesdays), and Single Minded (a short review of weekly books, typically running on Wednesdays). Right now, James and Rob will be handling those respectively, but it would be great to return that to a group column in the future. 

Neither James nor I have a strong focus on manga or 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!