Organize text and drawings into a great comic book.
What does a Comic Book Editor do?
During the production of a comic book, a Writer, Illustrator, Colorist, Letterer, Printer, and Computer Programmer may all be involved. These professionals are supervised, coaxed, encouraged, and corrected by a Comic Book Editor.
Comic Book Editors meet with the Writer at the beginning of production to discuss the story concept. If you’re a Comic Book Editor working with existing characters with a long history, you discuss the things that character can and cannot do. Allowing your Writers to take liberties, such as giving an old character new powers, will get you in trouble with diehard fans, so you work hard to maintain continuity. After this meeting, you set a schedule for production.
Once the Writer turns in a script, you meet with the Illustrator and discuss how the comic book should look and feel. You may provide examples of previous issues, or you may ask to see sketches from the Illustrator as work progresses.
Once the illustrations are complete, you send the document to the Colorist for a pop of red and blue, and then you ask the Letterer to put dialogue from the script into the dialogue balloons.
After each step is complete, you perform a quick quality check to make sure the story makes sense, looks good, reads well, and has no grammatical errors. Any mistake you find must be corrected, but Artists can be touchy about disapproval. Sandwiching your criticism between nuggets of praise helps soften the blow.
Each step must be completed on time so production can move forward and the comic book can head to the print house and the website. One of your duties as a Comic Book Editor is to remind your team members of the deadlines on a regular basis so they can stay on schedule.