Some publishers that don’t typically focus on comics sometimes include one or two in their catalog, so even if you’re not looking to specialize in comics editing, it can be useful to know how to handle a comic if it comes across your desk.
There are a load of micro-reasons that comics need editors, but they all boil down to the same thing in the end. It’s the same as editing anything else: quality, timeliness, and clarity. Like any form of writing or art, it’s hard to see the flaws of something you’ve made without a pair of outside eyes, but I think comics have a way of making that even harder. It’s not just missing a serial comma or using the wrong stylesheet. It’s making sure that not just one person–the writer–knows the story and expresses it well enough that a reader knows what’s going on. All the pieces of the puzzle have to fit together almost flawlessly, and if they don’t you will almost always end up confusing someone or losing an emotional beat.
In the world of comic books, Portland ranks among huge metropolises like New York City, San Diego, and Los Angeles. This is largely due to the city’s rich history of comics and the many vibrant comic conventions held here. However, the main catalysts behind the success of Portland comics are the creative comic book writers […]
When you think of the hubs of comic book publishing, cities like New York and Los Angeles likely come to mind. In recent years, however, Portland has come to be a mecca of comic book publishing in its own right. Home to indie comic staples such as Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, and Top Shelf […]
I knew when I decided to work towards a career in publishing that I would be satisfied with that track. Publishing, after all, would utilize my creativity and language skills, not to mention provide me with a sense of personal satisfaction. However, when I realized that I could choose to work towards a career in […]
There was something magical about reading comics as a kid that, when I think about it now, really paved the way for my lifelong love of literature. Reading X-Men comics in the early ’90s, collecting trading cards, and watching cartoons opened my life up to a grand universe of fantasy and drama. Though I don’t […]