Christa Faust, Walter Hill, Meghan Abbott, Duane Swierczynski, and Mickey Spillane... If you like in crime fiction, you've probably heard those names before. Now they are making crime comics for Hard Case Crimes comic book line.
On this Portrait of an Editor, Charles Ardai delivers the low down on how the line came about, how he works with Titan Comics, and what the line will be publishing shortly.
Freelance comic book editor Meg Lemke has a stack of plates spinning. She's Publishers Weekly Graphic Novel review editor, editor-in-chief of Mutha Magazine, chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival comics and graphic novel programming committee, a consultant for the French Comics Association, and a bunch of other roles.
In addition to all of that, she also provides us an informative insight into what it takes to be an excellent assistant to a lit editor and how it can jumpstart a career, a great story about Harvey Pekar's work on Best American Comics, and during the lightning round reveals a couple of her favorite bands.
Traditionally a comic book editor is "the boss" on a series. He or she represents the publisher and has approval powers over every aspect of a comic book's production.
Therefore I've always wondered how an editor's duties on an Image comic played out, especially when Image makes sure a title's creators have the last word on creative decisions.
In this Portrait of an Editor, Sebastian Girner provides some answers. Also, among other topics, we have a great talk about what it's like to make a living and plan a future as a freelance editor.
In this episode of Portrait of an Editor, I switch gears and interview Chris Thompson who is a Brand Manager for Titan Comics. He provides his POV of editors.
We discuss how marketing and editorial work hand and hand (or at least should). Chris also covers the launch of the Titan Comics imprint Statix Press, the politics of deciding what cover to use, his hopes for the direct market, and The Death of Stalin.
In this episode, Francis talks with freelance editor Allison O’Toole. She works for the Canadian publisher Chapterhouse, editing books like The Pitiful Human Lizard, Northguard and Captain Canuck. She also has worked on a few anthologies for TO Comix Press.
She just released her horror anthology Wayward Sisters. I got a chance to read it and recommend that you check out this beautiful and eclectic anthology.
Click here to purchase Wayward Sisters: http://waywardsistersanthology.com
Francis picks up his conversation Bob Schreck as they talk about the politics of publishing daring material like Batman: Holy Terror and All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder.
Bob also addresses the “creative boxes” he tries to check so to produce a successful comic book series and how to handle defeats that are due to happen.
And we finally get to the lightning round where you can find out what comic book character turned Bob into a fan and how to avoid editing a restaurant’s menu.
One of the reasons behind me doing this podcast was to gather stories about and lessons from Archie Goodwin in one place. I’ve heard from a lot of pros about how good of an editor Archie was. So wanted to create something that comic book fans could find stories about Archie and learn about his influence on modern comics. My interview with Bob Schreck, who considers Archie a mentor, provides a lot of what I was hoping I would get. As for Bob, he has edited the likes of Jim Mahfood, David Lapham, Grant Morrison, Jim Lee and Frank Miller — In other words some of the best of the best in comics. Tune in next week for Part 2 of my talk with Bob as we discuss the politics of editing corporate comic books like All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder and Batman: Holy Terror.
Francis continues his conversation with Dafna Pleban who is an editor at BOOM! Studios and heads up talent development for the company.
In this part, we get to her origin story in comics, talk about talent development and also her favorite comic book conventions.
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Francis talks with BOOM! Studio’s Dafna Pleban about her love of editing licensed products like Planet of the Apes and Power Rangers. Along the way, we talk about women in comics, geek out about Star Trek, and discuss the future of Boom! Box’s hit FENCE.
Dafna and I talked for ninety minutes so I’m breaking this interview into two parts. Next week we talk about Talent Development and how to get into San Diego Comic-Con for free.
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