xandiland asked: I am just about to graduate from high school and my dream has always been to be a comic book writer. Any advice?
The best and biggest piece of advice I can give you is to keep writing. Learn everything you can about writing. If you’re going to college, take writing classes… There’s nothing better than getting in a room of people and workshopping what you’re putting out there. Understand that there’s a lot to learn and it takes a lot of work to get where you want to be. Never be one of those people who can’t take criticism. You need to see what’s not working in order to fix it. Write prose. Write screenplays, and write comic book scripts (probably on the side, unless you luck out and can actually take a comic writing class). Write for yourself. The best writing advice I ever got was in Scott Snyder’s workshop almost 6 years back now. Write the stories you most want to read. It seems so basic, but it’s easy to fall into the trap of writing for your audience (whether that’s your teacher, your fellow students, or your friends online), rather than writing the thing that speaks most to you. Work your butt off and become the best at writing YOUR kind of stories. And it takes time. I’ve been writing fiction and scripts consistently since I was in High School, and I still feel like I have a lot to learn. But you learn by doing, and you learn by making mistakes, and you learn by putting the work out there.
If you want to write comics in particular, embed yourself in that world. Read EVERYTHING. Even if you just mostly dig superhero stuff, go out there and pick up weird indy books that use the medium in crazy ways you never considered. If this is your passion, your ultimate goal, study it like you would study for a Ph.D. Find out what the coolest, craziest stuff is out there and read it. Read the classics. Read webcomics. Read the history of the medium. Let it all sink in. You’re not going to like everything, but that’s the point. You’ll see what you think works best for the kinds of stories you want to tell. Experiment outside of your comfort zone. It’s the best way to expand your mind and lock into what works in comics.
It can take a very long time to get noticed by the big leagues in the comic industry. If you’re determined to pursue this crazy-ass industry, you’re going to have to do something that will get you noticed. That takes time. There are a LOT of formative comics that I’ve basically scrubbed from the internet from when I was figuring this stuff out. Make friends with people who are like-minded, and who also want to get into this field. Find cool young artists at your school or online, and write weird little comics for them to draw. Try your hand at drawing, yourself, even if you’re not any good at it. Make life-long friends. These are the people who will give you a leg-up some day. Develop your skills, get awesome, and always make sure you’re doing this for you… Make sure you’re still telling YOUR stories. The kind of stories only you can tell, because you’re the only one in the universe with your precise set of interests and skills and background. Embrace that.
It’s not easy. It takes a magical combination of luck, talent, drive, and knowing the right people at the right moment. Everyone’s path into comics is totally different. You have to blaze your own path in. It can seem impossible at times, but if you’re determined and you can build up your skills, and your voice, and your presence… It’s far from impossible to break through.
Then one day you’ll get to write your own rambly advice about how to become a proper comic book writer, and hopefully it will be better than mine :)
Uhm so a thought. The Court Of Owls has resurrection tools. And used them in this month’s issue of Talon.
…BROOSE GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER IT’S UNDER YOUR NOSE.
Damien didn’t have the electrum running through his veins while he was alive! The Talon resurrection process wouldn’t work on him :(
Women read comics. Anyone at all engaged in social media knows this. Women read comics and are a driving force behind fandom. I think I could call them the driving force behind fandom and put up a convincing argument. Just think about it: what fandoms have driven America crazy in the last decade? Could anyone dissuade me from saying that they were Harry Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games? “Avatar” may have put butts in theater seats, but you don’t hear about it… ever. No one is immersed in the world of “Avatar” except James Cameron and people who enjoy wearing Na’vi Zentai suits. “The Avengers” was pretty darn huge and, if Tumblr is any indication, a whopping portion of the people driving that fandom online do not possess a Y chromosome. Women engage in fandom to levels that men do not. When women get behind something, their sheer numbers and passion force it into the mainstream. That’s why you can name the actor who plays that werewolf kid in “Twilight” and probably sing at least the chorus to one Justin Bieber song. What do tween boys like? I have no clue. Sports? Probably sports.
and yet men remain the most marketed demographic for just about everything.
I’m pretty sure the only men who spend more time thinking about DC than women on Tumblr are the men who actually work there.
people still act fucking surprised when women show up for genre shit
Holy shit—seeing a quote with over 14,000 notes from one of your oldest friends is… amazing. Tumblr! Women. Nerd stuff? Brett White!
LISTEN TO BRETT WHITE
This is why we need more epic Young Adult-themed comic series, with great characters and worlds you can just get lost in. Imagine if a series with the imaginative scale and characters of Harry Potter were a comic first… Imagine if you could get the young adult female market engaged far beyond what we see today… A fraction of the success of series like HP, Twilight, or The Hunger Games (all of which are pure genre fiction, which comics excel at) would change the comics marketplace forever…
It drives me insane that this isn’t happening on a larger scale. Young women read more than ANY OTHER demographic. And in the digital age, there’s no barrier to entry. If someone wants to read something, it’s right at their fingertips. And yet so little of the market is trying to tell those kinds of stories, that have that kind of appeal. It practically dares the existing female audience to give up on the medium. It’s infuriating. There’s an incredible power to harness here, and I think people are starting to see it… But there’s so much more to do.
All it takes is one entryway. Harry Potter transformed Young Adult fiction from a couple shelves in your local book store to a whole wall of shelves with its own subgenres. I’m waiting for the comic that does that.
Steven gets a hold of a magical time travel device and does what any kid would do - he uses it to make jokes. But toying with magic draws trouble to his sleepy beach town and Steven has to step up and save the day - with more jokes.
Aw man, looks like the preview is unavailable outside the US. Booooooh!
The pilot is really charming though. When you have the time (and the video available outside the US), give it a look-see!
THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME
Imma watch all the episodes of this. Yep. Yep.