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Old 07-31-2018, 06:35 PM   #16
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Sevans - hey man. I understand where you’re coming from. Only I have submitted to image, several times. Twice with a writer established at image already. The last time was for my own creator owned project titled MERCER which I didn’t here back from at all. Maybe I should post the page where? I recently self printed it, but it’s not for sale just yet (You can check out the printed cover on my insta ).

I assume they wouldn’t pick up a creator owned project from someone who doesn’t have a large following as yet. After all, publishing houses are here to make money, and you need readers to make money. So, I thought I’d try my hand at trying to crack into the bigger companies to gain a larger social media following, and then re submit original ideas.

At NYCC I met with all the major companies besides Dark Horse, and DC who were not accepting submissions. They all gave me positive feedback, and told me to email them, which I did, I just haven’t heard back. Though, the editor at Marvel has been lovely, and has been emailing me sample scripts since. So, I’ll keep trying ��

PaulPennaWriter - Cheers man. I should mention I have been published before by comiXology, and a couple of images in Image comics.
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Quick story;

After flying to New York Comic Con back in 2008 with portfolio in hand and dreams of getting a job in comics, I submitted my samples to Marvel. For any who donít know, they only take copies of samples off you for review. If they like what they see theyíll add you to a list for you to check the next day. If youíre name is on the list it means youíve been successful at getting your work reviewed by an editor.

I handed my samples in, and got to day 2 of NYCC early and was walking the floor when I actually saw the editor going through the (large) bin of samples. Any he liked, he placed to one side, and any he didnít, he placed into another large bin. I watched him reach his hand in, pick my samples up, and not even flicking through the pages, he threw them away. Maybe he didnít like the drawing at the top? Maybe it was poor print quality? (which in retrospect it wasnít great). Dunno.

Fast forward to 2017 and I travelled back with a new set of samples to show Marvel. I asked if I could hand my pages in, and the lady was lovely, taking them off me and even looking through them to tell me she liked them. I came back the next day, and sure enough my name was on the list this time. I was ecstatic!

These are the samples above.

I met 3 editors and they went through my work giving me compliments and also much welcomed criticisms and critiques. I was given a contact who I could speak to going forward.

I was then asked to do more samples which are these ones attached. I believe most people are given these ones, as they are quite difficult and contain a numerous amount of characters to juggle.

Anyhoo, let me know what you think, and Iíll update this with even newer pages soon




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Old 07-31-2018, 06:49 PM   #18
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Please excuse the low res. Photobucket doesn’t provide hi res anymore

If anyone knows an alternative place I can host images to get a url that would be great ��
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:52 PM   #19
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Maybe Iím missing something, I only see the ability to copy a link to the page? :/
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Right clicked in Deviant art, copied image address.... wham, bam, thank you maam.
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Hey Daniel,

I see something strange in the foreshortening of the figure in page 3 panel 1 (in the first single page). Also, in the panel before the castle explosion (last page) her head is really big over her eyes, like she had a relly enormous cranium.

For the rest, I really like what I see, although I like cleaner ink lines, but yours give much life to your drawings, so keep them!

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Great Marvel test pages!

I been trying using Marvel test scripts using different characters for Marvel submissions and its ok to do that

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I think, perhaps the focus should just be on creating pages, and refining the work. I have been drawing comics on and off and just recently got word my work will be published in the US this November. It took me roughly 10 years to get my first published work. But then again, when I first drew comics, I think it showed potential, but it needed some refinement.

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Three things I'd like to share, Daniel:

First, if you have access to a distribution catalog like PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, look through it to note the small press publishers listed, what they publish, and then take a step further and find them online. Do some research because, as both DC and Marvel keep guiding creators to do, get yourself published any way you can. Build a following and a portfolio of work that has been seen by the public eye. This means smaller publishers than Image. This shows a dedication to the work, not just the craft.

Second, I'd like to share a story about comic professional Yanick Paquette (https://www.deviantart.com/yanickpaquette), for whom I had the good fortune of first publishing back in 1993 in Montreal. Since that time, he has been under exclusive contract with both Marvel and DC. When Yanick was given his first work outside of our company with a mini-series for Eros, the first issue was gorgeous because he was allowed the time to complete it. However, with the second, third, and fourth issues, the quality of his art went down substantially because he was working under much stricter deadlines.

The point of my mentioning Yanick's work in the early days of his career is how he had to learn how to create a consistent quality to his work while also meeting deadlines. Create a body of sequential pages within a strict timeframe, keeping track of how long they took you to complete. Coming from the perspective of an editor, I want to know that I can expect a consistent look to the pages I would hire you to do. Those are the samples I would want to see.

Finally, I noticed on your Deviant Art link (https://www.deviantart.com/popular-a...bal=1&q=picci8) that you have mostly pin-ups posted. Get some more sequential pages on there, as well as cover concepts. Pin-ups don't tell the editor how strong and effective your covers will be.

Always a pleasure seeing your work, Daniel.
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:55 AM   #27
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There's a lot to process as far as breaking into marvel is concerned though. When I was younger ,that was all a friend and I used to do. But over the years I learned that, there's more books than artists.
I... read that passage a couple times, and I'm... not certain what you mean by that.

"There's more books than artists."

???

Shouldn't that mean there is a big demand for artists, thus it should be easy to break in? And yet, the overall message of your post seems to suggest the contrary.

Also, I'm pretty sure there aren't more books being published at Marvel than there are artists willing to work at Marvel. Marvel publishes way more books than it should, but there are still many, many more artists out there than the books Marvel is publishing. That's what makes breaking in over there kinda' tough. There are only so many artists Marvel can/will hire.

But again... maybe I misunderstood you.
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Daniel - This is really nice stuff! Congrat's on getting as far as you have with the Marvel team. I think it's clear that you have the talent to succeed with them, and these sample pages are great. Anyone could nitpick little things, but overall your work is solid, IMO. Please share more when you can!

Also, here is how to post those images from DA. Just 'quote' my post, and look at the formatting...



Basically, right click on the image and choose "Copy Image Address". Paste that address into the IMG tags.

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Old 08-09-2018, 06:55 PM   #29
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The images on this page weren't showing for me last night, but I see them now. Or perhaps they were links and I ignored them.

I don't think this work is as strong as the work that was posted on page 1. Mostly in the figures. Some of the heads look too big to me, like that... I think it is Arch Angel in the upper right hand corner of the first page (I don't know, I don't keep up with Marvel all that much nowadays). Something looks weird about him to me. Like his head is too large or his body isn't long enough. That type of thing creeps up with some of the figures here and there. And aside from that first page, none of the other ones are especially exciting to me, despite the fact that I can tell action is going on. Although, I have no idea what the script says, so perhaps some of it is due to that, and that is a really subjective thing anyway, so it could just be me.
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