Creating Comics from Start to Finish: Top Pros Reveal the by Buddy Scalera

By Buddy Scalera

You could paintings Professionally in Comics! Jump-start your comedian e-book profession! growing Comics From begin to end tells you every thing approximately how latest mainstream comedian books are produced and released. best operating pros aspect how comics are made out of suggestion to of completion. Dig deep into each step of the method together with writing, modifying, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering or even publishing. operating pros speak candidly approximately breaking into (and staying in) this fascinating undefined. Interviews and suggestion from: Mike Marts, Editor—Batman Mark Waid, Writer—Kingdom Come, Flash, Irredeemable Darick Robertson, Penciler—Wolverine, the lads, Transmetropolitan Rodney Ramos, Inker—Green Lantern, Punisher Brian Haberlin, Colorist—Witchblade, Spawn Chris Eliopoulos, Letterer—Pet Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men Joe Quesada, leader inventive Officer—Marvel Comics Stan Lee, Former President, Chairman—Marvel Comics

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Marts offers a glimpse into his daily routine of helping different freelancers work together to tell a single comic book story. “I've got a regular writer who works on a title, so he's already got certain things that are in place and moving — storylines and characters. We'll sit down and talk about what's going to be different for that specific issue, or how that specific issue is going to move the story forward by several beats, so we have a few goals in mind, a few things that we want to hit,” says Marts.

She had to talk me off the ledge as I was writing this chapter. ) CONTROLLING THE CHAOS At the time of this interview, Marts was the group editor of the Batman titles. This means his team of editors put out approximately sixteen issues per month, including Batman and Detective Comics, which are two of the most important comic titles in comic publishing history. His team is directly responsible for all of the Bat characters, spin-offs and relevant crossover events. It is a responsibility that Marts takes quite seriously.

Granted, Marts has an advantage. As a journalism major in college, he had the opportunity to study story structure, pacing and the writer's voice. Plus, being a lifelong comic book fan has enabled him to tap deep into comic book continuity. But Marts cautions that people who hope to become writers or editors need to expose themselves to deep, relevant study of the writing craft. “Maybe a few people could learn writing and editing just by reading comics,” says Marts. “But usually it requires studying and learning.

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