HOW TO BREAK INTO COMICS AS AN ARTIST (MF GALAXY 049)

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Top Cow President, Tumble Creek Publisher, Midnight Tiger creator, and the MadTwiins Davis Brothers talk breaking in and staying in comics

While comic books pay creators nowhere near what most professionals get in movies, television, or video games, countless comic books fans yearn to be creators and spend years honing their skills, creating characters and stories, and sometimes even publishing entire works online or in print.


For a determined, highly-skilled, and lucky few, the result is getting hired by the major publishers or long-term success as an independent backed by crowdfunding, great sales, or both.To stay determined and rack up skills, one needs a strategy, and that’s where our guests come in, who comment on how to do the job, and how to get the job.

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Matt Hawkins, president and chief operating officer at Top Cow productions, discusses:
  • The must-own books on how to create comics art
  • How to take feedback
  • The need to go to conventions
  • Why you need to have an online portfolio
  • How not to talk about colleagues
  • How to improve your art skills
  • The personal demands of the job
  • The etiquette for contacting editors, and
  • The art of the pitch
Dani Dixon, a creator and publisher at Tumble Creek Press, discusses:
  • The importance of listening to editorial restrictions when submitting your work
  • The risk of keeping not-safe-for-work content in your online portfolio, and
  • The need to pick a social media platform that represents your professional interests the best
Ray Anthony Height, creator of Midnight Tiger, discusses:
  • What it takes to stay in the business
  • The need to continue learning
  • The paramount significance of deadlines, and
  • The three things you need to know to succeed in comics
Mark and Mike Davis, also known as the MadTwiinz, are the creators of Blokhedz, a four-issue indie comic limited series from 2004 and its 2009 companion webisode series that includes voicing by Talib Kweli and Dorian Harewood. They’ve gone on to freelance for Sony, Fox, and Disney, and have worked on The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, and GI Joe. They discuss how they co-created Blokhedz. 

All of this episode’s guests spoke on a panel at Eagle Con in May, 2015 at California State University at Los Angeles, except for the Davis Brothers, who spoke with me at San Diego Comic Con in July 2004. 

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