Sadly, I wasn't able to ask these at the Breaking Into Comics panel because of time constraints, so I figured I'd ask them here.
1. If an writer can display some drawing skills, even if they're rudimentary or more strip-like/cartoonish than realistic, can that help them get noticed faster?
2. Besides a finished product of some kind and, once in contact with a writer, probably a good pitch, what specifically are you looking for from your writers? I ask because I do have completed material (I've been a guest writer for the Casstoons series for a long time now), but since most of it is humor material and also parody stuff that rips apart the comics market, I'm afraid to send it in. I'm worried that it won't show enough storytelling to make the cut, and the last thing I want to do is get in trouble for copyright infringement or upset an editor's sensibilities by submitting something that bashed a story that they were involved with.