Unearthed Comics FAQs
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Can I share these comics?
- you MUST credit Unearthed Comics and link back to Unearthed Comics. [Note: on Facebook, first “LIKE” Unearthed Comics. Then, to create a link/credit, simply type “@” then “Unearthed Comics” and my page will appear in the status update window. This works the same with Twitter]. If posting an Unearthed Comics on a website, please link back to UnearthedComics.com.
- you cannot change the comics at all (besides providing a translation). If changing the text to provide a translation, you can add “Translated by” and your name. All other elements and the copyright information must be in tact.
- you cannot make any money off of my comics. If you want to print or license a comic for reproduction, you MUST contact me.
- If you want to print a comic in a book, newsletter, magazine, or publication of any sort, you must also contact me.
How can I help keep these comics coming?
If you find these comics funny and/or start getting a lot of traffic to your site by posting one of my comics, please donate to my cause. It helps me buy supplies, eat, stay warm… you know, the fun luxuries of life. Even a few bucks here and there helps spread the love.
How do I submit fan art?
- Create some fan art that can be viewable by most audiences (sorry, no NSFW stuff here). I recommend doing something that plays into my Earth avatar, puns or word-play, science, parenting, business, environment, or health. Please note that I am not a fan for hate nor do condone being totally rude to people so I will only post funny, inspirational, witty, sci-fi, fantasy, beautiful or thoughtful art.
- Width needs to be 610 pixels wide by however tall (though the thumbnail will crop it square). 72 dpi and RGB formatted jpg is best.
- Go to my Facebook Fan Page and submit that puppy on my wall. Be sure to do so through your own Facebook Fan Page so my fans can learn more about you. Feel free to include a link to your website and/or whichever social media platform you want me to direct people to.
If I like it, I will be posting it on my blog, along with a link and credit to you. If I LOVE it, I will also send it out for my lovely fans to see through my social networks.
Can I translate your comics?
- You can edit only the text.
- You MUST keep the copyright information intact.
- If you would like to add your name as a credit as the translator, please feel free, but do not alter any other elements of the comic. [Example: Add your name as “Translated by _____.”)
- Please contact me and let me know what language you are translating them into and share either the comic or a link with me on my Facebook page or on Twitter so I can then re-share it out to my fans.
I really appreciate your efforts and look forward to seeing your translations. Thank you in advance!
Can I print your cartoon in a newsletter, magazine, or book?
Unearthed Comics by Sara Zimmerman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. In real-people English, this means that you can share these works on the web for free on your social networks and even on your websites as long as you are not changing the works beyond translations NOR making any money off of it. You also MUST credit me and link back to UnearthedComics.com.
If you would like to print a comic, here is more information:
TERMS FOR PRINTING:
- All printed reproductions of Unearthed Comics MUST have written permission from Sara Zimmerman.
- Copyright is maintained by Sara Zimmerman for all Unearthed Comics.
- Payment is requested within 30 days of invoice. International payments paid via PayPal; U.S. payments can be made by check.
- Reprinting or print use is done by fee. Please contact Sara for a fee structure along with the following information:
- Comic requested or if requesting a custom comic
- Name of publication and distribution size
- Frequency of printing (if interested in ongoing printing)
- If your publication requires any additional paperwork (please describe what).
Can I commission a comic or have you create a comic for my business?
Please note the following:
- Most projects are done hourly with ballpark estimates, which allows you to request changes if/when you need to. Minimums usually start at $150+.
- Once you pay for the comic or illustration, you can use it on the web and social media, as long as you link to and credit Unearthed Comics or Sara Zimmerman (depending on nature of illustration/comic).
- I do not do work-for-hire.
- Uses beyond the web (print, etc.) are offered with different licensing options to suit your individual needs.
I’m a teacher and want to use a comic in a school presentation. Is that ok?
I have a great comic idea. Can you draw it?
Where did Marilyn Earth get her name? And why is she wearing a dress?
I started Unearthed Comics in 2012 with the Earth as my main character. In 2013, I was creating a series of Earth-related comics for Earth Day and had just seen something about the actress, Marilyn Monroe. I decided to draw out my Earth with Marilyn Monroe’s famous scene of her on top of an air vent, adorning her with Marilyn’s flowing dress. For some reason, it just clicked for me. So that’s where Marilyn Earth got not only her name, but her outfit, too. See the comic and read more about it here.
Why so many science-related cartoons and comics?
I’ve always loved the outdoors; from the first days that my parents let me eat dirt, my grandparents taught me how to garden, and my friends played with me beneath the stars. This incredible world continues to intrigue me as I grow; whether I am trying to identify which bird is flying over me during a hike, the composition of the boulder I’m climbing, or where to catch the perfect wave with a particular swell direction. Since the outdoors is Nature’s gateway drug to science, I naturally became interested in how and why the world works in such a wonderful way.
Though I pursued a degree in Environmental Studies, I am by no means a formal scientist. I’m just an artist who gets excited about thoughts, the world, and curious minds. For this book, I decided to focus on science-related comics because I love the thought of people pushing themselves, diverting their focus from the inconsequential drab promoted through the media, and working towards new ideas and hopeful solutions to challenging problems.
The purpose of my science-related comics is to take science one step further and to be able to find the humor in what are usually areas of intense focus (and often, very serious studies). However, if you see something scientifically incorrect, just take a step back and absorb the humor of the larger picture. After all, science is for curious and open minds (and you can’t keep an open mind without a little humor).
Oh, and here’s my public service announcement since I already have your attention: Be sure to live and explore “science” consciously so you can do what you can to contribute to a better world.
Why so many comics about entrepreneurs and marketing?
Some people say entrepreneurs are made, but I was born an entrepreneur. Ever since I was young, I have been enthralled with entrepreneurship and business. At age 4, I created pretend businesses in my closet, complete with client-intake forms and full-paged to-do lists. At age 7, I took my entrepreneurship to a new level when I learned that I could make money through business to buy toys. I started a lemonade stand, a push cart, a car wash, and eventually started selling hand painted sweatshirts.
Since then I have loved having a sense of control of what’s happening around me. I have been the president of a division of a non-profit organization at age 17, a surf-shop owner at age 20, president of a small clothing company, sat on the board of a non-profit art organization and regional art steering committee, a sponsored surfer, a regionally well-known fine artist and illustrator, and owner a boutique web and graphic design studio. Though diverse, the connecting theme throughout all of these positions is being in charge.
However, I haven’t always worked for myself. I have worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Reno/Tahoe region as a sales manager at two newspapers, have been an executive assistant, a surf school manager, a lifeguard, a climbing instructor, operations manager, an environmental restoration subcontractor, sales representative, a sign shop production manager… the list goes on. Through these experiences, I was able to learn about the work place from an employee’s perspective and learn more about the type of people it takes to make a successful organization.
I now run my own boutique graphic and web design firm nestled in the beautiful Sierra mountains. As a graphic and web designer, I work primarily with small business owners, often many start ups. I provide a half hour free consultation for new clients which often extends to be an hour+. During this time, I regularly find myself regurgitating these findings, providing helpful suggestions to these business owners at no charge, and learning a lot about business owners (and the thoughts they have). Some choose me to create their website while some go elsewhere. Regardless, I can’t stop myself from thinking about business, growth, and visioning. Therefore, my comics about entrepreneurs is a summary of all I hear, see, think, feel and do in terms of business.
Would you review my comic in your “Best of Webcomics” section?
I always love seeing what other artists and comics are up to. But I am very, very limited on time. Feel free to send me your comic for review, but please don’t take it the wrong way if I don’t review your comic. Couple of notes:
- I do not review saga or series comics and only review single-panel or gag-style comics (because that is really all I know and my review of a series comic would be really boooooring to read).
- I do not review NSFW comics mainly because my daughter likes to read things over my shoulder.
- Make it easy for me. Send me the link to your site, your archives, your Facebook and/or Twitter page, and your About page or info. Or feel free to mail me a package with some chocolate, one of your books or something that I can review. Who knows? The chocolate may just “encourage” me to review your comic. 🙂
- If you want to email me or mail me a package, please contact me through my contact page first.
- If I am interested, I will write you back sometime in the next few weeks. It will take me a few weeks to create the questions and takes me a few hours to format the final review.
- I (most of the time) share fan art, so please don’t get discouraged if I don’t review your comic. Please make me fan art instead with your name and URL added to it and I will most likely share it on my site and social media.
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If you are still having problems with the site, please Contact Me, and include all the technical information that you can about your computer OS, browser, etc.