Do you want to work in comics? This should be reuired reading!

Dave Roman, the The Nickelodeon magazine editor and cartoonist, just posted an amazing article on how to be a freelance cartoonist in this industry.

What kind of illustrator are you?

For any one assignment there are thousands of artists that could potentially be hired. Why should an editor or art director hire you? You need to figure out what makes your art unique. Because when there are a thousand artists who would all like the same gig, often just being good isn’t enough. You have to have a distinctive voice. It’s not about whether you can draw a bowl of fruit, it’s about how bad-ass, or realistic, or cute you can draw that fruit and convince people that no one has ever drawn it that way before. This sometimes gets confused with “the hot style,” but really it comes down to making art that lots of people find appealing and want to see more of. Figure out what your strengths are and what adjectives people use to describe the way you draw. Is it elegant, surreal, old-fashioned, cute, edgy, hip, classy, pretty, dynamic, dramatic, soft, hard, or all of the above? You may not want to categorize yourself, but to a certain extent you will need to if you want to focus yourself and find the places that will actually hire you.

Click here for the entire article!

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Templesmith shares Wasteland cover sneak peak and process

The unbelievably gifted Ben Templesmith recently shared his eleventh Wasteland cover with readers of his Live Journal. You can get a look here. After your done gawking at its beauty and charm, you should give his next post a gander … Continue reading

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WonderCon Interlude: Random Scott Pilgrim Fan Reviews Hot Fuzz

On Saturday night, Randy and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to see a preview screening of director Edgar Wright’s new fantastic new film Hot Fuzz. For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Wright, he’s the director of … Continue reading

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A Convention Behind Us, A Convention Ahead.

Yeah, yeah. I know I kept promising a more detailed run-down of Oni’s New York adventure and you’ve been dutifully checking the site, only to be disappointed again and again. Well, it’s been tough to find time where I haven’t … Continue reading

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NYCC Day 2: I am old and broken.

(apologies to Mr. Sinatra, may he rest in peace) When I was twenty-four It was a very good year It was a very good year for comic-cons And long drunken nights We’d drink ’til they turned out the lights And … Continue reading

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Off to NYC!

Young Douglas and Oni intern Jill are officially holding down Fort Oni. Randy and I are waiting for our red-eye flight out of Portland and we’re both antsy as heck to get to the show and get this weekend started! … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: Ray Fawkes & Cameron Stewart’s Apocalipstix

Ray Fawkes & Cameron Stewart’s new Oni graphic novel is coming along better than I could have ever dreamed! Ray’s script is a blast and when I first saw Cameron’s pencils, I almost needed to change my pants. The Apocalipstix … Continue reading

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