Gore Vidal on Criticism (excerpt), 1974
"current forecast: Chomsky occluded, low pressure over the black experience, small Stravinsky-Craft warnings"
(originally via calamityjon)
#135: Mario Todisco reads comics (again. See Miller’s Crossing), The Hudsucker Proxy, 1994.
translation: are you really him because you’re acting like an idiot :-)
If I wasn’t, would I be able to show you an exclusive look at all new X-Men 22 from Stuart and Wade? Hmmmm?
Thank you. A whole bunch. David and I were thrilled to be able to tear it up once more and Jake Thomas steered that ship like nobody’s business.
I do portfolio reviews because people ask me to, but I’m not sure it’s good value for any of the participants involved. While I can certainly comment on technical aspects such as storytelling ability, gesture, anatomy, perspective, composition, dramatic lighting and page design, the bottom line is that I’m not in a position to hire and therefore my opinion has no practical worth. My recommendation is to quiz one of the many editors who frequent social media on what they are looking for, or look up the submission criteria for the various publishers for which you might be hoping to work.
Aside from that, there is already a lot of useful advice available online. From this Google Search for “Preparing A Comic Art Portfolio”, I found good tips from Joe Quesada, Lora Innes, and Chris Oatley.
Strictly speaking, panel borders are merely the width of the pencil line, while panel gutters are more variable. I usually space panels 1/8 inch apart, but sometimes more. Wade rules the borders with a tech pen; I have no idea what size, but it looks like it might be 1.5mm.
I draw on paper supplied by Marvel. The safe (copy) area on the board is 9 1/8” x 14 1/2”. The bleed area adds 9/16” on all sides. When printed, all measurements are reduced by about a third. I couldn’t comment on the digital specs.
Honestly, I have no idea. I’m not trying to be glib or dismissive but I don’t really spend any time thinking about it in these terms. I just want comics to be good but having said that, the vagaries of the market are such that that is often not relevant to their longevity or success. And having said that, who am I to say what’s good or not. I do know that I wish the first questions about books, as a measure of what’s relevant to someone’s reading interests, did often not include “how is it important to continuity?” but I get that, too. There’s little shelf room and it’s shrinking all the time so I would just like to see those books that are published be as good as they can possibly be. I think that’s what everyone wants. And frankly, people are voting with their dollars. It’s not the characters’ faults.
Note on cats in Avengers Annual
[Just received this submission!!! Thanks so much for the answers, I hope your cat feels better and Go Gators!!!
also somehow by editing I lost the original submission url somehow and I want to credit you back]
Just wanted to drop you a note, I’m actually the dude who edited the…
From Avengers Annual #1 by Immonen/Lafuente.
…the arm was not mine.
The cards were not named Escobar.
The AVENGERS ANNUAL I’ve done with Kathryn Immonen and Rain Beredo comes out this Wednesday. It’s a Christmas special, 30 pages. I would be grateful if you consider acquiring it
IT’S AVENGERS CHRISTMAS ANNUAL DAY! Humour! Pathos! Explosions! Teenage Female Tony Stark! Sort of! More panels per page than you can shake a stick at! And there are 30 pages! And David Lafuente drew all of them! Suitable for the stuffing of all stockings.
You can try. I used to catch shit from an English teacher in high school who insisted on calling me “Kathy” and then became irritated when I didn’t answer but the fact is he might as well have been calling me “Raoul”… which isn’t my name either. AT ANY RATE….
It seems very popular to talk up how busy you are and how high your email inbox count is and how little sleep you’re getting but the facts are that I was starting to cook something up with Lauren Sankovitch but she has now, and I am thrilled for her, left the building and I have nothing on the slate at the moment. I am doing the next pass on Russian Olive (which is now entirely pencilled. Hooray!) which is occupying my days although I’m a little stalled at the moment waiting on a book to be delivered.
As to what I’d like to write? I have to tell you, part of the real pleasure of work for hire for me is that you start out not having any clue as to why you (and by extension, the reader) should be at all interested in what’s in front of you >cough< Vampire Jubilee >hack< and the job is figuring that out. And then you do and It’s exciting and rewarding.
Thank you so much for saying so and I’m glad they hold up for you on a second go round. That’s gratifying to hear. I still have a major soft spot for Patsy and Sif but really, I’m surprised every time by the extent you can fall in love in unexpected places and I think the best example of that, for me, was Vampire Jubilee. I’d go back there in a heart beat. And it’s interesting to see where you were wrong; I really thought Monica and Patsy (in Heralds) would get along but I couldn’t make that happen for whatever reason and that’s a good time, too. As for PSB, it’s hard to remember, honestly, but I think I just compiled a list that made sense to me and Nick Lowe said okay. As always, when putting a group together, I tend to start first with what we (and I’m sure other people) refer to as the “Goonies Model” (See also Super8 etc.)