You Can Work Professionally in Comics! Jump-start your comic book career! Creating Comics From Start to Finish tells you everything about how today's mainstream comic books are produced and published. Top working professionals detail how comics are created from concept to completion. Dig deep into every step of the process including writing, editing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering and even publishing. Working professionals talk candidly about breaking into (and staying in) this exciting industry. Interviews and advice from:Mike Marts, Editor-BatmanMark Waid, Writer-Kingdom Come, Flash, IrredeemableDarick Robertson, Penciler-Wolverine, The Boys, TransmetropolitanRodney Ramos, Inker-Green Lantern, PunisherBrian Haberlin, Colorist-Witchblade, SpawnChris Eliopoulos, Letterer-Pet Avengers, Spider-Man, X-MenJoe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer-Marvel ComicsStan Lee, Former President, Chairman-Marvel Comics
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Table of contents
EDITING: The Eye of the Storm
Not only are editors responsible for the creative wrangling of a comic book, but
they also must be masters of project management. With MIKE MARTS
WRITING: The Idea, the Blank Page and How Comics Are Born
Dive deep into how comics are written, from pitching ideas to getting them into print. With MARK WAID
PENCILLING: Sketching Worlds One Page at a Time
The most coveted job in comics isn't all glamour; it takes discipline to survive. With DARICK ROBERTSON
INKING: It's More Than Just Tracing
Inkers are jokingly misaligned as "tracers," but they bring impact and nuance to pencilled art. With RODNEY RAMOS
LETTERING: Getting in the Last Word
Most letterers are barely viewed as part of the creative process, but see one poorly lettered page and you'll know just how important they really are. With CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
COLORING: A Multichromatic Look at Today's Technology
The modern-day colorist is not merely an artist. Staying on top of the latest techniques requires serious tech savvy. With BRIAN HABERLIN
OTHER ROADS IN: Alternate Jobs in Comics
The path to a comics career can lead you to various departments and job opportunities.
THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID: One-on-One With Joe Quesada
Marvel's chief creative officer talks about making the decisions that make people want to buy comics.
THE MAN HIMSELF: A Candid Conversation With Stan Lee
Listen closely to the legend who singlehandedly transformed the world of comics.
NOW, PUT THIS DOWN and Get to Work
Professional do's and don'ts, the truth about self-publishing, plus plenty more pointers for aspiring comic book creators.
RESOURCES FOR CREATORS
SELF-PUBLISHING BUDGET GUIDE
ONLINE CONTENT GUIDE
Jump-start your comic book career! Creating Comics from Start to Finish tells you everything about how today's mainstream comic books are produced and published. Top working professionals details how comics are created from concept to completion.
Dig deep into every step of the process including writing, editing, pencilling, inking, coloring, lettering, and even publishing. Working professionals talk candidly about breaking in to (and staying in) the exciting industry of comic books.
INTERVIEWS & ADVICE FROM
Mike Marts - Editor
Mark Waid - Writer
Darick Robertson - Penciler
Rodney Ramos - Inker
Brian Haberlin - Colorist
Chris Eliopoulos - Letterer
Joe Quesada - Chief Creative Officer
Stan Lee - Publisher
Concept to Creation - how professional comics are made
Written by BUDDY SCALERA, author of IMPACT's Comic Artist's Photo Reference series, Marvel Comics writer and publisher at After Hours Press.
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