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Published on: 2007-02-14
What do you do best? Are you good at making up stories? Do you like penciling the work? How about inking? Or colorizing? In the publishing world, these are usually separate jobs within a company. When applying for work, be prepared to show six or more examples of your art.
Each example should have a penciled version, an inked version, and a colorized version. This will help them know where your strengths and weaknesses are and where your skills would fit in their workflow. You should understand that you may be required to work on many different projects within that company. Just remember to always do your best to separate yourself from the rest.
It's good to learn as much as possible about any company you want to work for in order to fine tune your portfolio and presentation to their needs. When it comes to marketing stories and characters that you have developed, sign and date everything to protect it. Do not assume that just because you created it, someone else can't find a way to use some or all of it and put their name to it. Most comic book publishers prefer to have thirteen issues of the story penciled before they will take you on if the story is any good. It would be wise to consult an attorney in the copyright field so you understand and can protect your intellectual property rights.
Don't be discouraged if you initially meet with rejection. Just keep trying and keep refining your skills. It all adds up. I have known of artists who have been turned down by publishing companies in the USA and have gone to Canada and been accepted. Within a year the comic book was turned into a cartoon for TV and did very well. A good way to test your skills would be to show a few of your characters and backgrounds on the web. This can provide you with feedback on your concept and execution without giving away the story. Of course communicating with other individuals who have succeeded in getting a comic book published (as well as those who have failed) will help you on your way to a successful publication.
P.S. For those who don't know, it's best to use a 2H pencil for lighter lines and an HB pencil for darker lines. The standard comic book sheet is 10" x 15". This will be sized down later to the book size. You can work larger, but most affordable scanners don't go beyond 11" x 17". P.P.S. Make copies of everything!! And keep them in a safe place.
Protect your creations!