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15 How Can I Become A Pro Comics Writer Or Artist?




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15 How Can I Become A Pro Comics Writer Or Artist?

Four ways to get a job as a comics writer:

1. First get published in books/magazines/movie scripts/etc. Examples:
Nancy Collins, Rachel Pollack, Paul Dini, etc.
2. Get a job with a comics company in Editorial/Sales/etc, and schmooze.
Examples: Peter David, Chris Claremont, etc.
3. Self-publish. You'll lose money but save your principles. Examples:
Dave Sim, Colleen Doran, Jeff Smith, etc.
4. Learn to draw. Writer/artists have twice as many job opportunities.

Becoming a pro comics artist is easier but still tough. Three words:
practice, practice, practice. You need a portfolio showing that you can draw
more than pin-ups. Do multiple-page stories, with multiple panels on each
page. Don't skimp on backgrounds -- draw buildings, cars, trees, civilians
not in skin tight suits, etc. If you can't draw one professionally-ready
page per day, you're too slow for a monthly book. Mail photocopies of your
art to companies, or show your work to editors or artists at comic
conventions. Or self-publish.

More detailed information and business contacts are available from:

* http://www.teleport.com/~ennead/ampersand/
* http://www.cadvision.com/dega/creating.htm
* http://www.spirit.com.au/~pat/fountain.html
* http://www.hoboes.com/html/Comics/Creators/
* http://aaa.wraithspace.com/Business/



 

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