Monday, September 30, 2013

Interview: Dave Elliott

Dave Elliott, creator of the fantasy comic book series Weirding Willows offered some advice for aspiring comic book creators in a long interview on deviantART.  Here’s an excerpt from his interview:
"Marvel and DC look towards IDW, Boomstudios, Dark Horse and Image Comics for their talent. They do that because there is no hiding when a creator can’t keep their deadlines or has an emotional meltdown … If you want to draw something in particular, you’re going to have to do some samples of that character. You can always get more eyeballs on your pages by doing mash-ups where characters meet who couldn’t in their own books.  Have Batman meet the new Sherlock. Draw how you would imagine the Justice League would look in J. R. Tolkien’s world. Have Blade and Buffy team up against the Twilight characters."
He had me at "Blade and Buffy team up against the Twilight characters," but the whole article is a good read.  Meanwhile, if you're not reading Weirding Willow, you should check out the preview panels in Elliot's DeviantArt gallery.

In a Morning Media Menu interview, MediaBistro interviewed Ron Martino, the producer and director of the deviantART Network, which is where so many new comic artists first launch their series.  Martino likewise offered some tips for comic creators looking to us DeviantArt to break onto the scene. Here’s an excerpt from that interview:
"The literature community is vast. There are novelists, graphic novelists, comic book artists and writers. Artists and creators come to deviantART in many different ways.  We have writers that come on and they find the artists that they would like to work with to create a comic book or graphic novel. We have artists that come on and hook up with writers, colorists or line artists. They start to build out a story together. We have people that can do both on the site. They are artists and storytellers, so they release chapters of a book every week or every month and that’s how they build an audience and tell stories."

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