“Specifically, with Hawkeye, I’m trying to be more and more and more clear with lines. And, really, it is extra work. People tell me I do not do too much lines…the minimalist thing. And, I really think that it’s harder, you know? Because, the first sketch I usually do of a character has—like—one-thousand lines, you know? Then, I have to start thinking about how to get this one-thousand lines into four lines.”—David Aja, genius Hawkeye artist. (via merlin)
“This dovetailed with another feeling I had about the book—it should feel “low budget.” If this story was a movie, it wouldn’t be The Avengers, with the spectacular effects $220 million dollars can buy. It wouldn’t even be the Ocean’s Eleven remake, with a gorgeous cast of glamorous A-listers. This comic is about the struggles of a broke bunch of C-list losers. Every choice I make in the art needs to support that. I can draw a slick, contemporary superhero costume, but no one in this story is going to have one. I want my cast to look uncomfortable and a little foolish in their super-suits. The characters in Superior Foes are mostly drawn to look like they’d take third place in a cosplay contest.”—The Superior Steve Lieber writes about the process in coming up with the look for his work on Marvel’s Superior Foes of Spider-Man. (via graemem)
We are currently accepting applications for a Junior Design position. This is a full-time, hourly position in our office (telecommuters need not apply). If you don’t currently live in Seattle, you must be willing to relocate.
• Thorough InDesign and Photoshop knowledge required. Any other programs are a plus. • Strong layout and typography sensibilities. • Detail oriented — both in your work and in your ability to track change requests and stay on top of deadlines. • Work well independently as well as with the various personalities of editors, artists, and authors, taking in and utilizing feedback. • Ability to design interesting, unique solutions that respect and adhere to the vision of the artists we package.
The primary role as a Junior Designer will be doing book production, meaning you will be laying out templated books and occasionally creating original designs. You will also design ads (print and web), postcards, posters, etc. You will need to be a nimble designer, capable of solutions on a quick turnaround and able to maintain a steady workload. You will be responsible for sending press ready files to printers, so pre-press skills are a plus.
The right candidate could be anyone who is technically sound and enjoys production work. Knowledge of comics is helpful but it needn’t be an obsession.
Interested parties email resumé and samples (or links to same) to email@example.com
“Over the course of the next month, I’m going to put up a bunch of interviews in the 30-40 minute range—I’m aiming for two a week, but I may end up with a few more—with people in and around comics, talking about what they do and why. I don’t have a script, preferring to let the conversation go where it wants to go, but I did ask each person how they came to comics and what their comics community is like. Beyond that, it’s anything goes. This won’t be exhaustive or comprehensive, because there are literally not enough hours in the day for that. But hopefully it will be a lot at the very least.”—