Anonymous asked: how do you decide how many panels a page should have?
Story flow, pacing, dynamics, visual elements…
this is one of those things where you have to trust your instincts and you have to see the page in your head. most of the time the story reveals what it needs and you have to listen.
the biggest challenge is to make sure everything fits beautifully. to make sure there’s not too much lettering on the page crowding the art and that there is enough elements within the art that the precious and valuable real estate of your comic book page is being used to the maximum without anybody seeing what you’re doing at first glance
Anonymous asked: Here's a fun question for you: if you had to write a comic where a well-known Marvel character is revealed to be a mutant, who would you choose?
Anonymous asked: Do you ever get tired of people complaining in the internet about your stories? Does it ever wear you down? Man, back in the day before the internet we would just buy what we liked, and didn't buy what we didn't like.
Back in what day was that?
have you read a letter column from back in the day? my favorite is the letter complaining that Jack Kirby is lazy because he only drew three books that month
go read an old letter column. nerd rage has been part of our culture since we’ve had a culture.
what you think those drawings on the cave walls are?
drfrankolson asked: How did you sustain yourself while getting all those "bad pages" done at the start of your career? What kind of work did you? (Forgive me if you've answered this before)
I was eight years old :-)
I worked at McDonald’s, I worked at a framing store, I worked at a photo developing store, I gave art lessons, I worked at a comic book store, I drew caricatures…
in the middle of college I decided that I would only work as a freelance illustrator but that would mean a massive amount of hustle. caricature work which paid very well but sapped my soul was the primary source of income well into my first issues of ultimate Spiderman
I know certain creative people like to act like they were born fully developed as who they are today but all of us had crappy jobs and all of us struggled. the key is to blindly but smartly follow your dreams and to put the work in everyday.
like I’ve said before you have to make your creative self your lifestyle choice.