Jerry Ordway again

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The case of Jerry Ordway — a talented veteran artist who is not getting as much work as he should— continues to resonate. It isn’t really about Jerry Ordway. it’s about comics, and about the manny many aspirants and passers by and the few who are called. Mark Evanier addresses the odds:

Break into comics with Neal Adams, Kevin Smith, and the million dollar UcreateComics — UPDATED

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…and then take a long, long time to finish them. Just kidding. This new buddy pictures in the making will tour four cities as part of the UcreateComics Big Break Tour, starting in NYC on May 4th, 2013. (That’s also Free Comic Book Day.) And who is UcreateComics, you ask? According to the PR “a […]

Doing it their way: Cyanide & Happiness

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Since we’ve been talking about career paths and what not for the last few days, here’s another one: after turning down three TV development deals, including Comedy Central, the webcomic Cyanide & Happiness has decided to go DIY.

Jerry Ordway responds and more on comics career paths

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Following yesterday’s much quoted post on wanting to be hired, artist Jerry Ordway responded to the outpouring of support with more on the perils of exclusives and the freelancers life:

John Allison and Matt Bors weigh in on making money in comics

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It’s a Monday early in the month, you just paid the rent and you’re now wondering how you are going to live on celery for the next 27 days—that must be why so many posts on how to make a living at this here thing are coming out today. We’ve already seen Jerry Ordway plead to be taken seriously as a creator. But it’s not just the old paper and ink crowd that’s fretting this day. The webcomickers are at it too.

Must read: Jerry Ordway on ageism in comics

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The gravy train usually has a very short ride.

A little bit more on the con that snubbed the colorist

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Yesterday’s kerfuffle concerned a convention that wouldn’t name a colorist as a guest. Although a smallish type kerfuffle, it did lead to a day of praising hard working colorists on twitter, so good came of it.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 1/3/13: Still living in ’12

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People are doing it…EVERYWHERE> Let’s dive right in.

The money model again: digital and the web and what works

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In a follow-up to his hit post on the economics of print comics, Jim Zub is back with a look at digital comics metrics, including the percentages taken by each step in the pipeline complete with PIE…charts. A lot of people have talked about the need for cheaper digital comic prices to drive impulse buying […]

INTERVIEW: Joe Caramagna Letters The Marvel Universe

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Among other similar triumphs, letterer Joe Caramagna has recently become the most prominent letterer in Amazing Spider-Man history, having now worked on over 100 issues of Marvel’s flagship title. Not just content with Spider-Man, however, Caramagna also works on Marvel titles as diverse as Avengers Academy, Daredevil, Captain Marvel, Uncanny X-Men and New Avengers. Simply […]

Cartoonist adapts to changing times

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The disintegration of the newspaper business continued this week when the Syracuse Post-Standard announced it was going to a three-times-a-week schedule and laying off 115 employees, including staff cartoonist Frank Cammuso. The Daily Cartoonist caught up with Cammuso and shows he wasn’t caught entirely unawares: A: You’ve done a lot of cartooning outside of the […]

MUST READ: Art or money?

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In advice to an aspiring cartoonist, ABA finalist Gene Luen Yang lays out the dichotomy of career paths: You have to decide whether self-expression is more important to you or making money from your art is more important to you. Whaaa-at? Is there no middle ground? They’re not mutually exclusive in the long run, but […]

Starlin: Marvel and I are now talking

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One of the topics we’ve all had our eyes on here at Creator Watch 2012 is the Jim Starlin Situation. In brief, as you all know, Thanos was teased as a villain at the end of THE AVENGERS, and the announced Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be setting up some kind of cosmic menace for Marvel’s movie universe. And it just so happens that Thanos — and Gamora, who is a member of the GotG — were both created by Starlin as part of his run on Warlock.

In the case of Thanos, Starlin has posted evidence showing that he created the character prior to working at Marvel. And when asked about the character’s appearance in the third highest grossing movie of all time, it turned out that he had been in the dark about it. As if that wasn’t ominous enough, a Thanos miniseries to be written by Joe Keatinge was announced with great fanfare and then very hastily canceled, with no reason given, leaving room for all kinds of speculation that the character might be in some kind of ownership tussle.

INTERVIEW: Val Staples explains life as a freelance colourist

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After reading Bon Alimagno’s excellent interview/evaluation with colorist Erick Arciniega on iFanboy, I decided that it was time for more of us to start jumping on the coloring bandwagon. Getting the right colorist on a comic can be crucial to the success of the book, and yet there’s really very little coverage of this side of the industry available. With that in mind I contacted colorist-whizz (and nicest man alive) Val Staples, whose recent credits include books like Swamp Thing, New Mutants, Deadpool and Hulk, to get a basic insight into his life as a colorist.

How to be a poor cartoonist from Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is, despite the gentrification covering a huge swath of the entire borough, still home to a few people who don’t shop at Kitsuné; and most of these urban poor seem to be cartoonists, which Brooklyn also has a huge population. The local website Brokelyn catches up with a few of them for survival tips. Brendan Leach, Leslie Stein and Lisa Hanawalt, (whose book on farts for children is excerpted above) give their recipes for ketchup soup and other practical hints:

The Kirkman/Bendis debates revisited: who's winning now?

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Revisiting the debate over whether the Image model is as viable as the company model for creators to make a living.