If you actually are having visions of breaking into writing for DC and Marvel, probably it’s not the best idea to post a sick little fantasy of having their actual, real-life writers tortured.
Also, good luck, and hopefully if you do succeed, you will never have to read anything as sick and screwed up as what you have posted.
Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I think Gail has a point.
And this applies not just to creatives wanting to break into a specific field, but also to fans who are abusive towards creative teams for their work not matching what particular fans wanted it to be.
Hi, to all of my new followers on both tumblr and twitter recently.
For those who don’t already know - I’m a comic book artist/writer based in the UK. Somewhere in the past I got myself a degree in Software Engineering, with an emphasis on physics simulation, narrative theory, and artificial intelligence… and then completely changed my career path after graduating and deciding that my passion lay with something that I enjoyed a lot more.
So, I have a background in programming, specifically in C++ though I have worked in quite a few other languages too.
I currently do commission/freelance work, as well as produce a few comic projects.
I apologise up front, at the moment I’m promoting the pre-order of a new title I’m launching “The Editors”, so you may see me post about it a few times. The pre-order and details about it are here if you’re interested: http://indiegogo.com/the-editors-01
I also attend a fair few conventions around the UK, all of the ones for 2012 are listed on this blog on the top-right there.
- 1: Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? - Closed.
- 2: Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? - No, I actually tend to bring my own.
- 3: Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? - Out.
- 4: Have you ever stolen a street sign before? - No.
- 5: Do you like to use post-it notes? - Sometimes. Currently digital ones.
- 6: Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? - I don't think I've ever cut any out.
- 7: Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? - Bear.
- 8: Do you have freckles? - Only visible if I start to tan.
- 9: Do you always smile for pictures? - Not always.
- 10: What is your biggest pet peeve? - Fools.
- 11: Do you ever count your steps when you walk? - I guess if I'm measuring something in yards/feet.
- 14: Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing? - Only when alone, and generally after a shower/bath.
- 15: Do you chew your pens and pencils? - No, that's a terrible way to treat stationery.
- 16: How many people have you slept with this week? - Zero.
- 17: What size is your bed? - Single.
- 18: What is your Song of the week? - Garbage: Stupid Girl
- 19: Is it okay for guys to wear pink? - Yes, though I haven't suited it since I was a child and neon-pink/green/orange shell suits were still fashionable. (There's a photo somewhere).
- 20: Do you still watch cartoons? - Yes.
- 21: What's your least favourite movie? - There's a few, probably top of the list would be- Dawn of the Dead 2004 (ruined my birthday by ruining a classic horror film), and The Room (OH HAI... urgh).
- 22: Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? - That's for me to know.
- 23: What do you drink with dinner? - depends on the dinner. Wine for special occasions, cider for pub lunches, tea for pretty much any other occasion.
- 24: What do you dip a chicken nugget in? - Tomato ketchup.
- 25: What is your favorite food? - Lasagne, though also potato in all of it's many forms.
- 26: What movies could you watch over and over and still love? - Robots, Meet the Robinsons, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Tank Police, Secretary, The Dreamers, The Avengers, Iron Man.
- 28: Were you ever a boy/girl scout? - Nope.
- 29: Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? - Very much doubt it, but I guess anythings possible.
- 30: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? - By hand? Probably a love letter to my other half.
- 31: Can you change the oil on a car? - Nope.
- 32: Ever gotten a speeding ticket? - Nope, can't drive.
- 33: Ever ran out of gas? - Nope, again can't drive.
- 34: Favorite kind of sandwich? - Corned beef, onions, mustard. With a cup of tea.
- 35: Best thing to eat for breakfast? - A full English fry up (all cooked in the same pan apart from the eggs, and with a piece of bread wiped around the pan after serving to soak up the juices). Only really have this on Christmas day, otherwise just a cup of sweet black tea.
- 36: What is your usual bedtime? - Varies, in theory I try to be in bed by midnight. Sometimes work keeps me up until 3-4am.
- 37: Are you lazy? - can be, but I'm normally fairly driven once I set my mind on something.
- 38: When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? - Frankenstein's monster, zombies, I'm fairly sure I went as a witch one year... I could be mistaken.
- 39: What is your Chinese astrological sign? - Tiger.
- 40: How many languages can you speak? - One fluently (English). I can also speak French poorly, read a little bit of Latin, and various programming languages. I also know a tiny amount of German, not enough to actually converse. Does Geordie count as a language?
- 41: Do you have any magazine subscriptions? - Nope. Last time I subscribed to a magazine was Essential X-Men/Spider-Man... last issues of those that I have are dated 1997 I think.
- 42: Which are better legos or lincoln logs? - Having never used the latter, Lego.
- 43: Are you stubborn? - Can be.
- 44: Who is better...Leno or Letterman? - No idea. Never watched either of them.
- 45: Ever watch soap operas? - Used to end up watching them with family years ago.
- 46: Are you afraid of heights? - Very, heights make me dizzy/sick. I have actually passed out before due to heights.
- 47: Do you sing in the car? - I have done.
- 48: Do you sing in the shower? - Always. Normally in French. Though sometimes some Chris Rhea, old musicals, Doris Day, or Depeche Mode/Veruca Salt.
- 49: Do you dance in the car? - I have done.
- 50: Ever used a gun? - Laser guns, yes. Otherwise, no.
- 51: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? - University gradation 2008 (I wouldn't count the photos of me at my brothers wedding as portraits).
- 52: Do you think musicals are cheesy? - no, I quite like them.
- 53: Is Christmas stressful? - Not particularly, it's normally very quiet.
- 54: Ever eat a pierogi? - Nope.
- 55: Favorite type of fruit pie? - Cherry, or Lemon Meringue.
- 56: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? - Writer, Actor, Librarian, Archaeologist, Teacher, Cryptozoologist.
- 57: Do you believe in ghosts? - A little, though I believe there's a scientific explanation for it.
- 58: Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? - Hasn't everyone?
- 59: Take a vitamin daily? - Never.
- 60: Wear slippers? - Yes, but only if I have to go in the garden. Otherwise I tend to be barefoot in the house.
- 61: Wear a bath robe? - Yes.
- 62: What do you wear to bed? - Depends on how hot the room is, but generally shorts and a t-shirt.
- 63: First concert? - Probably some awful act at the Cookson Festival as a kid. First I paid for? Marilyn Manson.
- 64: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? - Um... Asda?
- 65: Nike or Adidas? - Neither.
- 66: Cheetos Or Fritos? - Quavers.
- 67: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? - Peanuts, salted. Despite the fact that they used to trigger my asthma as a kid.
- 68: Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? - The jazz group from the 60s?
- 69: Ever take dance lessons? - Nope.
- 70: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? - No idea.
- 71: Can you curl your tongue? - Nope.
- 72: Ever won a spelling bee? - Nope, never heard of any around here.
- 73: Have you ever cried because you were so happy? - Nothing comes to mind.
- 74: Own any record albums? - A cupboard full.
- 75: Own a record player? - Of course. Why would I have records without having a player? That's silly.
- 76: Regularly burn incense? - Nope.
- 77: Ever been in love? - Yes.
- 78: Who would you like to see in concert? - Faith No More, Veruca Salt, Jonathan Coulton, Cake, Helloween, The Stranglers.
- 79: What was the last concert you saw? - Judas Priest and The Scorpions.
- 80: Hot tea or cold tea? - Hot tea.
- 81: Tea or coffee? - Tea.
- 82: Sugar or snickerdoodles? - Sugar. I had to look up "snickerdoodle" that's a ridiculous word.
- 83: Can you swim well? - Fairly, not sure though - haven't went swimming since 1998.
- 84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? - Yes.
- 85: Are you patient? - Most of the time.
- 86: DJ or band, at a wedding? - Personally I'd prefer a band.
- 87: Ever won a contest? - A few, but mostly when I was a kid.
- 88: Ever have plastic surgery? - No.
- 89: Which are better black or green olives? - They both taste like arse, both are disgusting.
- 90: Can you knit or crochet? - I can knit, though haven't in years.
- 91: Best room for a fireplace? - Living room.
- 92: Do you want to get married? - Yes.
- 93: If married, how long have you been married? - N/A
- 95: Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? - Nope.
- 96: Do you have kids? - Nope.
- 97: Do you want kids? - I'd like to be a dad some day.
- 98: Whats your favorite color? - Black, Red, Pink, Green.
- 99: Do you miss anyone right now? - Yes.
Last I heard Marvel/DC were offering ~ £15 - £35 per page. But that’s pricing from 10+ years ago. Though I’ve heard novices charging £3-£5 per page recently for indie stuff. So I’m guessing around the £10 per page mark for a pro.
I’m a little confused by your logic here…you know what pro-rates were a decade ago…so you figure they must be less now?
To be honest, this is something I come up against a lot…you’re inferring pro-rates from what novices charge (and, you know, I’ve been a novice too and worked for that little!). But you really, really can’t. I know it’s a cliché, but you honestly get what you pay for - and experience and expertise costs.
What’s more worrying, to be honest…is that pro-rates haven’t actually increased in the last ten years.
My guess was made whilst trying to take into account that those were the Marvel/DC rates a decade ago - before the current economic situation. Which would likely mean that those rates would at very least stay around the same level from then until now as a result. It’s possible they could have increased during a recession, but it seemed unlikely to be a significant change.
Even with an increase, it seemed more likely that Marvel/DC rates would be significantly higher than average indie pro rates simply down to the practicality of the difference in funding for those creators/studios and the status associated with Marvel/DC. Whilst I agree that experience and expertise costs, the actual rates themselves seemed likely be reflect this to some small extent.
I’m not saying that this should be the case - only that it seemed likely that this would have an affect, and for the most part this is simply guesswork. Particularly as it seems easier to find information about current average rates for everything BUT lettering. Though I suspect the site that claimed $1000+ for colouring a page, might not be a particularly accurate source.
And whilst I mentioned what current novices are charging, I wasn’t inferring the pro-rates from them, simply pointing them out because after reading them I thought they seemed particularly low. As I mentioned above I was however guessing that they would be relative to the Marvel/DC rates.