Tres Komikeros 23

ep23Forget what people say, the best remedy for a hangover is senseless nerd talk… as one (or all) of the Komikeros show in this latest installment of shenanigans and goings-on.  After reviewing Blue Beetle #36, Fantastic Four #564, and Savage Dragon #145, EJ, Alex, and John discuss some good news about Sam Jackson’s Marvel ties, and finally get all serious to talk about Marvel closing their Open Submissions Policy.

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  1. Marvel and DC are at the top of the hill when it comes to comic books. Do you really want your first clumsy, amateurish works in comics displayed worldwide through these biggest companies, or would you rather learn the ropes first with smaller companies, get better, learn professionalism, and reach your potential before you go into Marvel?

    I won’t name names, but there have been examples when talented artists land Marvel gigs the first time out and they couldn’t handle it. They couldn’t handle the deadlines, the pressure, and the unrelentingly high standards they need to reach with every single page. Some of them burn out and you never hear from them again. Marvel wouldn’t even touch them again because they performed so badly. One particular artists fell out of Marvel so bad because writers refused to have their stories illustrated by this person. But the artist was good. He just needed to learn the ropes a bit more, learn how to deal with the pressure a bit more. He had to prove himself again by working for smaller companies. And remade his name with these companies, and he got really good. And now he’s back at the big 2.

    I think the best thing for artists is to start small. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best artist out there. Doing comics is more than just being able to draw well. It’s also having the stomach to handle it. Start with smaller companies. And don’t let the fact that these are smaller companies give you an excuse to employ less than stellar work. Because every single published page is a submission. And editors, and yes, Marvel, are actively looking at this stuff. If an artist is good enough, he will be plucked out and hired.

    That’s what Marvel’s CB Cebulski has been doing all along. He’s in Europe, I assume, looking for talent. He checks out a lot of comics and takes not of the artists involved. Who knows, he might even go here to the Philippines.

    I suggest every aspiring artist follow his tweets at Twitter because he’s been giving solid advice on breaking in almost on a daily basis.

  2. Thanks a bunch for the insights, Gerry. “Every single published page is a submission…” <— I can never reiterate that enough because I definitely feel like… too often… many artists act like simply getting their first gig is an excuse to “take it easy” from then on out.

  3. Hi. I stumbled upon this page, and found the “Gerry comment” quite… enlightening. I’m somewhat an “aspiring illustrator”, and would like to learn more… hear more advice and tips, if that’s even possible. C.B. Cebulski is an editor at Marvel right?

    Apologies if i’m not so familiar with names… i’m slowly picking up, in the hopes of actually getting somewhere in comics…

  4. Could you guys do a comic book movie review on your next podcast? It’s a no brainer (and no squid-er than the original). Watchmen.

  5. @Ramon

    C.B. Cebulski is primarily a talent liaison for Marvel but he has editorial chores every now and then. He also writes some minis — some recent work include Loners and X-Infernus, and he’s currently writing a Darkhawk book drawn by our very own Harvey Tolibao.

    @Jorabu

    That’s the plan, bud! Haha!

  6. “He’s the Beyonder” made me laugh a lot. In the middle of the night – the girlfriend wasn’t happy.

    And Kurt Russell would be a *wicked* Nick Fury.

  7. Glad john made you laugh, now I’m arguing with him who people love more on the show. Apparently the only fans I have are industrial…

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