Working for Comic Books
DC New Talent Showcase now open
Feb 2017: DC's effort to look at new artists is underway for the month of February (the writers workshop will be in March). To see the artist application page, go here: www.dccomicstalentworkshop.com
"If a client says they can’t afford to pay you but you’ll get good exposure, one of two things is happening:
1. They are lying. They can afford to pay you, but they are choosing not to. They will pay the printer to print the books, they will pay the mail service to deliver them, and you’d better believe they’re going to pay themselves for sending you an email explaining that they can’t afford to pay you. They think you are a sucker, and if you take the job you’ll be telling them they are right.
2. They are not lying. They have zero budget, no audience and no real distribution system. They’ll still be paying the printer and mail service because people who work in those professions don’t work for free just because someone promises them a recommendation. But they aren’t paying themselves, they’re running on an incredibly small margin, and there’s a good chance they won’t exist as a corporate entity in a few years. Publishing your work with them will give you less exposure than putting it on tumblr or Instagram for free would. It will never lead to a paying job."
Much more on this at Peppermint Monster
Writing for Comic Books
Article at Tech Times: Breaking Into Comics As A Writer: 4 Rules All New Talent Should Follow
"First up, some brutal truth: Competition is fierce, and publishers can only accommodate so much talent. For every book in production there are probably hundreds, nay, thousands of people who want to be working on it. It’s your job to demonstrate why YOU should be the one getting paid to showcase your slick storytelling skills.
...Comics is a relatively small industry; gossip spreads like wildfire. Alcohol-fueled proclamations of untold greatness are not well received. People remember this stuff."
Indie Comic Publishing Advice
Article at Bleeding Cool by Rich Johnston - 7 No-Nos for Indie Comics Publishers
Kickstarting a Comic Book
Article at Crowdcrux - 5 Kickstarter Tips for Comic Books
Breaking into Pro Comics
Gail Simone, who has written a lot of DC Comics hero books, gives out some hard and cold facts about getting into Pro Comics - basically, it's hard to get in, and it can be very hard to stay in once you get there. And there are so many things stopping the would-be writer and artist that Simone's laundry list of reality-checks makes for a primer in what to do, and what not to do.
On being a comics pro-writer
"No one really wants to talk about this, because people are so sensitive about it, but if you come to the table carrying fanfic baggage, it’s like showing up to a major league talent scout while still wearing your ill-fitting Little League outfit, or showing up to race Nascar on your skateboard.
They won’t take you seriously. Do not present your fanfic to show your writing skills. Do not present fanfic ideas as pitches. I can’t stress it enough. I’m sure people think I am being mean, but I don’t have a single thing against fanfic. Enjoy it, have fun, be happy. But if you are trying to compete with professional writers, then it’s time to put the fanfic away. You have to think of it as training wheels."
On being a pro comics artist
"...If I were trying to break in now, I would forego the editorial line entirely. Do a webcomic, do a tumlbr, follow editors and creators on Twitter and facebook. Show your best pieces. GET ATTENTION. Make them WANT to look. Don’t spam or harass these people. But get your work seen.
If you don’t listen to another word I say, make that your mantra. Get your work seen. Once you’re a pro, you usually have a professional bastard telling you to get to work. At this early stage, you have to be your OWN ruthless bastard taskmaster.
You can do a mini-comic, a webcomic, a column, prose work. Consider hooking up with a big comic website like Newsarama or Comicbookresources.com for the traffic and exposure. Be polite, be professional, but be persistent."
Writing Comic Books 'not for everyone'
David Morrell is the creator of Rambo and a while ago, someone at Marvel thought it would be a great idea to have him write a Spider-Man story. All did not go to plan. The story took forever to come out, and when it did, Morrell did not like the changes:
“Bad news about the second part of my Spider-Man: Frost comic-book series,” Morrell wrote to Facebook. “Someone at Marvel changed my captions, added weak jokes, repeated captions, deleted captions from panels that needed them, and inserted one caption that contradicts the theme. When I saw this early version, I sent three pages of corrections to Marvel. I was assured that my changes had been made, but for whatever reason, the terrible version got printed, destroying the poignant tone of part one. What a pity. This could have been a gem.”
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Original Page February 5, 2016 | Updated March 2016