On the note of reviews... what are some places around the net that you think provide in-depth reviews for works? Do you mean an AVclub for comics?
Just being a jerk :-)
actually the AV club is one of the best comic review sites. they treat all genres as equal and seem to give some thought past the usual hit and run reviews that have permeated over the last few years
what Tom was talking about, and I concur, was the desire for more quality control and more long-term exploration. there is a great deal of nerd tantrums and hit and run reviews. a lot of people pitching what they would do with the book other than really exploring the hard work of the creators working on the book right now.
There is also a seedy undercurrent of websites using their review section for revenge over things that have happened behind-the-scenes. they didn’t get the exclusive announcement so they take it out on the reviews. pretty gross
that kind of nonsense. I know it happens in music and film and theater as well but I don’t work in music so I don’t care. I care about comics :-)
I know some reviewers get upset when they are reviewed and often yell at me about how they are not getting paid and it’s not worth their time to do more than a hit-and-run… well most comic creators do their work without getting paid and they give it all they have.
but may I on the other hand express my concern that so many writers working for websites don’t get paid when they produce content that produces hits or clicks which produces ad revenue for that website.
some writers for a very prominent, very well-known pop-culture website confessed to me that they don’t get paid and I was shocked. it’s one thing if you own the website and are trying to build something but to produce content, on a regular basis, for a profitable organization… you should be getting paid.
if they think enough of your work to publish it they should think enough of it to pay you.
In WFP you say don't ever write a script until you know your artist, but I don't have any artist to work with but I want to practice writing comics. What do you suggest I write? Story Outlines? What's the best exercise you suggest?
No, I said I don’t. I said that was part of my process.
you should write every day no matter what. you should imagine that you’re working with your absolute favorite artist in the world and WRITE for them.
it is important that you remember that you are writing visually and even if it involves you making up the collaboration to give yourself a touchdown in which to dig in… so be it.
Has there ever been a story that you turned down and then read what the other person did and thought....damn that's good? Thank you sir and keep up the great work!!
If I turned it down it was because I legally couldn’t do it because of my obligations elsewhere or because I didn’t have a take on the character or story that was something I thought was worth pursuing or something that I thought I would buy.
sometimes this project just disappears into the ether while other times they become gigantic cultural defining things. it is always fascinating.
I have mentioned some projects like the Spiderman Broadway musical but most of the time it’s probably, actually most definitely, in bad form to say what they were unless the other creators confessed to it publicly. most people don’t want to feel. or give the illusion. like they were the second choice or not the first choice.
but I don’t think it’s a big deal. I wasn’t the first choice for ultimate spider– man.