Q:Dear Chris, what are (in your opinion) the top 5 mistakes to avoid, when creating comics? Thank you very much in advance.
I really only have 4. I tried to think of more but each new thing already fit into one of these categories. So okay, here goes:
1) Going off script: Stick to the script whenever possible. If you think you’ve come up a with a better solution to a problem, check in with your writer and/or editor before you do execute it.. There could very well be a reason *your* idea isn’t the best one either.
2) Being a disappearing act: If this is the job you want to do for a living, make yourself available. Answer emails. Pick up the phone. I realize that the majority of us arty types are home-bodies at heart but you have to be willing to talk to your collaborators if you want to get anything accomplished.
3) Missing deadlines: Deadlines are in place for a reason. Turn your stuff in on time, people!! For every day late that your piece of the project is, you’re shaving off a day of work from every person who follows after you. Monthly comics can sometimes be a grind, but if we’re all getting our work in on time it can run like a well-oiled machine. Don’t be the weak link.
And this going along with #2 but— if your deadline is fast approaching and you don’t think you’re going to hit it, don’t be ashamed. Kids get sick, accidents happen… but call your editor and let them know you’re going to be late. I’m sure they’d rather know ahead of time and be able to plan ahead with a fill-in or maybe tweaking the schedule.
4) Doesn’t play well with others : This is a small industry and nobody benefits from jerky behavior. Treat everyone as you would want to be treated. And I do mean *everyone*. You never know who, be they intern, flatter assistant, etc,. could wind up being your boss one day.
SOLID advice from the master.
(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
**and introducing Matt Wilson on color duties**
• Matt Murdock takes on his first big case in his new hometown—and the opposition is killer!
• Daredevil is faced with a menace he has no idea how to fight—the Purple Children!
Item Code: JUL140667 In Shops: 9/17/2014 SRP: $3.99
Q:so what are your plans now that nimona is wrapping up will be starting a new webcomic focus on lumberjane's or maybe delve into animation with frederator
- there’s gonna be another comic project coming soon and it’s PROBABLY gonna be a webcomic first. It will also be published by HarperCollins upon completion.
- but yes I will be doing Lumberjanes still
- and I actually am doing stuff in animation right now, I’m writing on Disney’s Wander Over Yonder so you could watch that as well!
- also I’m doing some backup comics in the Sleepy Hollow series coming soon from BOOM! so you could read those
- probably some other things but that’s everything that’s announced right now so stay tuned
Comics to Read, September 10
Sooo many comics today. Let’s watch the money fly out of our wallets.
Greg Rucka is back with another arc of Stumptown. You probably have heard Kelly and I discuss our love for this book on 3 Chicks Review Comics. There’s a new artist on this arc, Justin Greenwood, who most recently did The Fuse. It’s a big change from Matthew Southworth who I adored but I’m willing to give an issue to see how he settles in. If you aren’t familiar with Rucka’s female detective Dex Parios you might want to fix that.
There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s a woman and the town is on another planet populated by all kinds of creatures. If you liked Firefly you may like this. I really enjoyed the first issue. Give it a try.
Kamala! And that cover. Just another issue of the comic changing the comics audience. Join us!
What’s that look on Carol’s face? Did she just see the entire line up of movies from Kevin Feige? Or maybe she just realized there’s only two more issues of Hawkeye?
That cover is so pulpy I could drink it for breakfast with my eggs and bacon. Love this book.
Double Rucka week! Man, those Gotham Central guys Brubaker and Rucka really know how to write female characters.
Did anyone pick this up the first issue after Kelly and i reviewed it on 3 Chicks? I didn’t have it my picks this week but you might want to try this series so it is here this week.
Time to start the Scott Snyder part of our picks - first Superman Unchained.
Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.
And finally Batman Eternal.
Also this week you may want to catch up with this series by Erica Schultz (she also co-wrote the new Revenge trade). The lead here is also all about revenge. If you like Velvet and Elektra you should really give this one a try. The best way to find this one is on Comixology.
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
Batgirl Future’s End.
Wow wow wow.
my feelings. I am feeling them. So many of them.
What an excellent way for Gail Simone to finish her run on Batgirl.
Can’t wait to see what Babs Tarr does next!
WHAT AN EXCITING BATGIRL TIME TO BE ALIVE
Thank you so much!
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Please do it. This one is important. You may not think YOU are important (you are, by the way) but if your representatives know that you care about how they vote, and if you call, and the person before you calls, and the person after you calls… then they vote to keep the internet the way it is.
DOOOO ITTTTTTTT (said in the reassuring voice of the thing under your bed when you were tiny)
All-New X-Men #33 Cover.
Drawn by me, coloured by Marte Gracia.
So this is my indirect news out of San Diego Comic Con this year. I will be taking over art duties on the series as of issue #31. Excited to be working with Brian Michael Bendis full time. Fun times.
"Reader response to THE FUSE has been amazing, especially to our unique grumpy old female detective, Klem,” said Johnston. “Now in ‘Gridlock’ we’re turning up the sci-fi, and delving deep into the seedy underbelly of this run-down space station. Justin is doing the best work of his career, and I can’t wait for readers to see it.”
It’s on sale November 5. Pre-order codes:
REGULAR COVER: SEP140719
VARIANT COVER: SEP140720