- Posted by Johanna on April 19, 2007 at 8:06 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez has a job posting for DC editor, plus commentary.
Once upon a time, I’d written up a lengthy list of all the things an editor was expected to do at one of the big superhero comic publishers, but I’ve lost it, which is a shame, because it showed just how little of it involved creative work. An editor is primarily a traffic manager and talent hand-holder, only they aren’t generally selected for or trained in those skills. (The only “training” I’ve seen take place is by aversion therapy, when you quickly learn what NOT to do based on when your boss goes bonkers.)
Let’s look at some of the disturbingly bureaucratic phrasing used:
minimum of 5 monthly titles. … Ensures that schedules and budgets are met and product quality is at or above DC’s standards. Seeks ways to keep ongoing series fresh and exciting. Identifies and develops new editorial products for the DC Universe. … Ensures that other DC staff members have the materials required to maximize service to the product.
“… maximize service to the product” — I don’t even know what that means! Supporting marketing, I guess. (KC says “must play well with others”.) I also like the way that they say you have to be able to meet deadlines TWICE in the part I haven’t quoted.
This is many people’s dream job, and best of luck to them. It won’t be if you get it. The reality’s just too different.