The Bane of Comics Writing

It’s just after 10pm. I’ve had a damn long day and I’m ready to pass out. The Wife’s watching tennis, which isn’t helping my struggle for consciousness. All I want to do is go to bed, but I’ve got 20 tabs open in Firefox, all of them aimed at artists’ galleries on DeviantArt.

I need an artist.

I lost count of how many pages I surfed through to find these 20, but I’ve been at it for a few hours now. If I’m lucky, a few of them will be worth contacting, and one of them will be willing to work for the terms I’ll be able to offer.

If I’m lucky.

I used to say writing for comics was easier than prose because I can bang out script a lot faster, and editing is faster still. Taken as a whole, however, the job of writing for comics is a pain. If I want to sell a novella, it speaks for itself. If I want to sell a comic, the first question people ask is “Who’s the artist?” Even if I’m sold on an artist, I have to turn around and sell the artist to the publisher, too.

Then I get to hope the artist doesn’t flake out the following week.

But damn it, I love the medium, and it’s a thrill seeing the right artist bring my creations to life is beyond thrilling.

Sleep is for the weak.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Noah L says:

    Good luck on your artist search. If nothing else, you may be able to find artists on http://www.elfwood.com who specialize in horrific things–it IS a site for sci-fi/fantasy art, afterall. SOMEONE should be able to draw something gruesome :P

  2. Mike says:

    It’s worth a shot! Thanks for the link.