ICN@DICE: Meet The Editors Panel

The first panel at DICE this weekend featured the editors of some of the major companies in the US. On the panel were DC/Vertigo editor Mark Doyle, Marvel Talent Co-Ordinator CB Celbulski,  Marvel editor’s Lauren Sankovitch and Jeanine Schaeffer and editor and writer Nate Cosby.
The first question put to the panelists was to describe their day to day work and what is an editor. Schaeffer spoke about the importance of maintaining talent relationships while calling being an editor “a humbling experience.”
Sankovitch added that if editors “are doing your job right then no one should know you are there.”
CB Cebulski then went into how talent is discovered and he offered some useful advice to aspiring creators both as to what to expect and what to aim for. “There is a fine line between art and imitation. We like to see some personality [in pitches and portfolios].” He further advised for creators to “have realistic expectations of what you want to do. You are going to have to start small, back ups, 11 page page stories, anthologies. If you show us portfolios, we want to see 5 or 6 pages of your most recent work, not everything you have done since you were putting pictures on your fridge door.”
Adding to the personality comment, Nate Cosby added that he remembers from his days at Marvel that there is always a stack of art portfolios yay high. It was there when he started and was the same height when he finished and personality stands out.
On being asked their pet hates as an editor Cebulski said, “[It] is receiving a mass email addressed to every editor in comics. Put in the personal touch. If you want to draw Spider-Man for example, send it to Steve Wacker, don’t send it to someone who doesn’t work in the Spider office.”
Mark Doyle revealed that spinning out of previous portfolio reviews Vertigo will be doing two anthology’s in 2013 to showcase this new found talent.
Cebulski talked about breaking into comics in a modern era and offered some cautious advice, “Breaking in has never been easier because of the internet. But please realise there is a line between stalking and been a regular communicator. Be professional and patient and not be a pain in the ass. Ask the right questions and know where boundries are. Twitter is a good tool for that.”