Anonymous asked: have you ever had a heated argument with an editor?
I am a big fan of the editor creator relationship and believe that a lot of good comes out of it. 90% of the time your editor has the book’s best interests at heart which means he or she has your best interest at heart. a great editor is doing everything they can to make you look great so you would be a fool not to listen to what they have to say.
many editors work much longer hours than any creator ever will. and they don’t get to do it from the comfort of their own home. Tom and the gang stay well into the night getting books out on Friday. sometimes they are there so long it breaks my heart
but, and to no one’s surprise, not every editor is created equal. some are involved in some idiotic chess game that has nothing to do with making good comics and everything to do with whatever damage was done to them prior to you meeting them.
but that’s true with many people in life. it’s just annoying when that kind of thing is getting in your way of doing the work you want to do. I have been lucky and have nor had much of that in my life… but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that many of my friends have.
I think one of the reasons I’ve been as successful as I have been is because I was lucky enough to have confident, professional, passionate editors backing me up.
also I’m a terrible typist so if I ever got into an argument with an editor all they would have to do is send me a file of all the thousands of typos they has to fix for me over the years and that argument would be over.
chupacabraconvoy asked: Inherent Vice looks great. Any particular movie you're looking forward to now that we're near oscar season?
Bird man. gone girl, Chris rock’s new movie Top five and inherent vice are at the top top top of my list this year.
I have never been happier to be receiving Academy screener DVDs that I am this year.
There is a lot I’m interested in.
Anonymous asked: How long does it usually take to write one issue
I try to finish a script every week. it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.
but it’s not just the physical writing but the preparation and post tweaking that goes into every single issue. there can be numerous rewrites based on the artwork or lettering. tweaks all along the way. research. business. collaboration. it’s more than just typing.
bramblelamb asked: When you write for comics, hat kind of format do you use? Do you write it more along the lines of a narrative on a page, or do you do more of a script format. I've been meaning to practice all formats of writing and have been wondering if graphic novel writing was different in any way.
It’s a very complicated question because unlike almost every other storytelling medium there is not a set format that is considered the professional format.
the good news is you can create your own format but the bad news is you have to create your own format.
I follow something similar to screenplays, but going off in any direction that I want depending on the collaboration… and I use the final draft software to do it. I like it. in fact I love it. not everybody does. I do.
the more involved answer, including many other writers answers, can be found in my recently published book words for pictures… on sale now
richardterrones asked: You know some where in the multiverse Dani moonstar and Nate grey have children. .......... Mind blowing right.
I know this is a stupid question to answer but I needed to get this inherent vice production still into rotation before it becomes passé :-)
lyricalgangsta asked: why doesn't Bobby wear pirate boots
The question really is why don’t you?
gpack3 asked: Do you think you could tell a coherent, original story using only animated gifs you found on the internet, with no text beyond what was already in the gif?