How does one break into the House of Ideas? Well, this week the landlord’s gonna show you how.
Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way is many things:
- A two-part (56 pgs each) showcase-cum-audition for newly recruited artists.
- An anthology featuring some of Marvel’s most prolific and high profile writers (Brian Michael Bendis, Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, Stuart Moore, Jonathan Hickman, etc.).
- A guide by Marvel editor, writer and talent scout as to how these newbs got their work seen and why their stuff is worthy of publication.
I dig this idea immensely. Inaugural gigs for potentially professional pencillers/inkers/painters are traditionally the worst assignments imaginable, and the chance of breaking out- let alone being seen by anyone other than your editor and your doting mother- are minimal at best.
This project turns that tradition on its ass. “Sure I’ll give you a shot, kid. I need a fill-in artist on a two-page backup story in Cloak and Dagger Annual #15… Nah. I think I’ll team you up with Jonathan Hickman in this other thing I got.” What a fantastic opportunity! Here’s hoping the rookies knock it out of the park.
What’s more is the comic includes step by step submission information, and a sample script for the aspiring professional to manipulate the Marvel way.
Anyone remember the Marvel Try-Out book?