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Gail Simone on "breaking in"

edited January 2013 in The Toolbox
This isn't new, but it's been making the rounds on Facebook again, and I thought it might be of interest.

Gail Simone's blog post "Brutal Tips On Breaking In To Comics"

http://gailsimone.tumblr.com/post/4654769851/brutal-tips-on-breaking-into-comics-warning-long

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  • A comics professor at a local college has had me guest lecture once or twice about inking pencil art. When walking around looking at students' pieces, around 75% of them immediately start offering excuses as to why the work looks the way it does. 

    Gail Simone makes a very good point about "not making excuses." If something doesn't look like you want it to, either fix it or get rid of it and replace it with something that does look like you want it to.
  • Gail speaks the truth, as always.

    I will never forget the wannabe who showed me his "portfolio" at a recent con: chicken scratch nonsense on random pieces of paper, not even in a binder. I told him, politely, that it wasn't going to cut the mustard with potential bosses he protested until I walked away.
  • Weird part? That was actually Sam Keith.

    (Kidding, I love Keith's stuff.)
  • It never ceases to amaze me how people refuse to believe they can do better, nor fail to recognize their lack of professionalism. But I am reminded at every con these people exist. Mark Evanier has a pretty good story about one of these people trying to break in as a screenwriter.

    That said, I've also come across some young hopefuls willing to listen to my blathering advice for half an hour and take copious notes and appear to actually be listening.
  • I gave a talk at a high school last year about this topic. Out of the fifteen or twenty kids who were in the room, I think one of them has any kind of chance of making it--the one who came up to me after the presentation and said "Can I show you the comic I'm working on?" 
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