Monday, July 17, 2006

A Comics Portfolio for the Convention ...

This week's comic-con (although I am nowhere near it) has put me in a comics mood!

Back when I lived in New York City (home to Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Archie Comics) and I was considering drawing mainstream comics for the above mentioned Marvel, DC or Archie (back in the late 80s early 90s) there really weren't a lot of resources to gather information from.

The conventions were the main place to get feedback on your art. And a lot of the times feedback could be brutal ...

But nowadays there's loads of places to find great info and learn how to draw this stuff. There's the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning, and some colleges now offer comics art in their curriculum. There are also TONS of HOW- TO books on cartooning, making American-style comics or Japanese-style comics (called "manga") and etc., etc., etc, ...

There are comic book news sites, comic book publisher sites, comic book creator sites, comic book communities of all sorts, comic book Amateur Press Associations (APAs), comic book retailers, conventions, blogs, etc., etc., etc,. All online. All relatively easy to find. You can become SO PREPARED to work in this field if you want to!

Amazing.

In short, it's fabulous how you can learn the craft of comic book making all without even leaving the comfort of your own home or going very far from your drawing table ...

So you'd like to work for the comics companies or in animation or toy design or etc.,? There are opportunities to get your work reviewed at the San Diego Comic Convention:

Here are some good tips for the portfolio review process courtesy of Andrew Pepoy and the Comic Con site. [2014 update: Link is no longer in service.] Andrew Pepoy is comics inker (15 years and counting now). He wouldn't remember me, but he inked comics for us when I was on staff for Milestone Media. I remember him being a sweet guy.)

Here are more great tips on Prepping a Comics Portfolio from SoYouWanna.com.

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