I've read a lot of submissions in my time here at Universal/GoComics. And I've been lucky to see some real gems over the years: Cul De Sac, Lio, La Cucaracha, Argyle Sweater, Ink Pen, Big Top, Lucky Cow, Pogo, Thatababy, Bad Reporter and many, many more. Some we syndicated, some not.
But if I'm going to be honest with you (something I almost always insist upon), most of the submissions we get are not very good. Is that mean-spirited? I hope not.
We had one dude who sent in a stack of Far Sides with the original caption whited-out and a new caption written in. He was also willing to split the royalties 50/50 with Gary Larson. Generous and thefty! Good combo.
We had another where the premise was basically an abusive father repeatedly beating his child. Now, you could say that's an important story that needs to be told for awareness-sake, but it was written like the child deserved it! And that's when I had to draw the line! I picked the phone up and told my dad never to submit another comic to us.
And when I see the words "I have an amazing idea for a comic" in the cover letter, it is almost guaranteed to be a terrible, terrible idea.
Do you have an idea for a terrible comic? I'd love to hear it in the comments.