While comic books pay creators nowhere near what most professionals get in movies, television, or video games, countless comic books fans yearn to be creators and spend years honing their skills, creating characters and stories, and sometimes even publishing entire works online or in print.
For a determined, highly-skilled, and lucky few, the result is getting hired by the major publishers or long-term success as an independent backed by crowdfunding, great sales, or both.
To stay determined and rack up skills, one needs a strategy, and that’s where our guests come in, who comment on how to do the job, and how to get the job.
Matt Hawkins, president and chief operating officer at Top Cow productions, discusses:
Dani Dixon, a creator and publisher at Tumble Creek Press, discusses:
Ray Anthony Height, creator of Midnight Tiger, discusses:
Mark and Mike Davis, also known as the Madtwiinz, are the creators of Blokhedz, a four-issue indie comic limited series from 2004 and its 2009 companion webisode series that includes voicing by Talib Kweli and Dorian Harewood. They’ve gone on to freelance for Sony, Fox, and Disney, and have worked on The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, and GI Joe.
They discuss how they co-created Blokhedz.
All of this episode’s guests spoke on a panel at Eagle Con in May, 2015 at California State University at Los Angeles, except for the Davis Brothers, who spoke with me at San Diego Comic Con in July 2004.