- Posted by Johanna on September 14, 2007 at 7:46 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Today’s example of valuable advice that will likely not be listened to by those who need it most. Tom Brevoort in response to a question about how you break into writing comics without having comic-writing experience:
it seems like what you’re really asking about is brand new, never-before-published writers walking in cold and pitching something, without any appreciable experience anywhere else. And the frank answer to that question is no, at a major firm like Marvel, you don’t really have a whole lot of chance of that happening. …
Inherent in this question is a sense of entitlement, though, a feeling as though you don’t want to “slum” with the smaller guys, or work your way up through the trenches, or another field, or whatever. “I just want to write Spider-Man!” Well, sadly, the world doesn’t work that way. Practically every reader who follows comics secretly believes that they could write a comic–and virtually none of them statistically really have the necessary chops.
I’ve talked to some self-publishers who admitted that they were putting out their non-superhero comic only to create portfolio pieces that would hopefully get them noticed by DC or Marvel, because all they really wanted to do was write those characters. And frankly, it showed.
If you want to work for those companies, there are better ways. Starve for a few years while interning at one of them or working in the mailroom. Become an editorial assistant, make your contacts, and then leverage those as a reliable guy who’s already known.
But “I only want to write superheros, and only those characters”… that’s not being a writer. That’s fanfic dreaming.
A remarkably honest commenter responds:
I think part of it is that I don’t read anything except what the big two puts out. So to me, “comics” means Marvel and DC. On the other hand, I have made a webcomic in the past, and probably will again. It’s an odd thing, somehow webcomics seem more real because I read them, despite the fact that I know plenty of people read comics from companies other than Marvel and DC.
That’s just weird.