Portrait of an Editor

Portrait of an Editor

Portrait of an Editor interviews comic book editors from around the world. During it we discuss an editor’s origin story, mentors, tricks of the trade, and the people skills and unique creativity an editor brings to his or her job.

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April 7, 2021 98 min

Brian and I discuss the origins of the new DC Comics' CRIME SYNDICATE mini-series. We talk plots vs. scripts and why he feels there's an upside to using a plot in this collaborative medium, especially when giving artists choices. Finally, he reveals what he learned from Paul Levitz when it comes to writing and juggling the massive cast of The Legion of Super-Heroes.
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It was a lot of fun talking with Desiree Rodriquez. Of course, we talked about editing, including encouraging artists to get out of their comfort zone, email vs. phone calls when it comes to communicating and keeping continuity straight in Lion Forge's Catalyst Universe. More importantly, we just had a lot of fun geeking out over George Perez's work on the New Teen Titans.
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Adam and I delve into the making of the anthology THE GOOD FIGHT. He reflects on editing a comic for the first time, and his new perspective on what it takes to be an editor. And I geek out a bit with him about Spider-Woman. For the completist listening, this interview pairs well with the Portrait of an Editor interview with Michael Perelman. We talk about THE GOOD FIGHT there too.
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February 19, 2021 61 min

I reconnect with Chuck Austen to discuss his new Comixilogy series EDGEWORLD, full scripts, working with editor Bis Stringer Horne, how Patrick Olliffe approaches acting in his art, and the upside of limitations.
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Will Dennis and I discuss various political comics. Also, Will talks about his work on Vertigo's DMZ and Image Comics' UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY and how he navigates editing a series that directly reflects our modern political environment.
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We talk location, location, location, and how it may or may affect publishing. Micro vs. macro losses when it comes to the damage done by COVID to New York City. Alex provides a great explanation of how to deliver notes to creators and how his time at The Beat informed his editing approach. There's also some Moon Knight appreciation.
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January 20, 2021 78 min

We talk about the importance of color in his work, illustrating covers, leaving room for the fortunate mistake, dealing with the physical demands of drawing, and of course, his image series with Matt Fraction, ADVENTUREMAN.
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Sebastian Girner is back to talk about TKO-Studios’ Third Wave, which is available now. We also talk about his very cool Vault Comics' The Devil’s Red Bride, which he wrote. We dive in to his process, Sanpei Shirato's influence, working with an editor, pitching to artists and publishers and how he balances writing with being TKO's Editor-in-Chief. Sebastian provides some really great detail on his approach to writing so...
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January 1, 2021 44 min

Will Dennis and I look back and look into the future in this CROPPED. He also talks pasts and futures with Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder, and Rick Remender.
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THE GOOD FIGHT and WHERE WE LIVE are two massive anthologies addressing two critical issues of our time. You might have seen Michael Perlman's name in connection to them as a managing editor. Today Michael and I discuss his job in making sure these anthologies and others come together and arrive on time. We go fanboy talking about Mike Grell, and how genuinely great the comic book anthology format is.
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December 9, 2020 63 min

I reconnect with Denton Tipton and see what he's up to nowadays with Heavy Metal's new imprint, Magma Comix. Along with that, we talk about how he approaches writing with an eye to making the world a better place, how genres fit into that approach, pitching, working with Butch Guice, and we reminisce about Mike Grell's amazing Jon Sable.
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Seeing no one could attend New York Comic-Con this year and I couldn't get my usual short interviews, I'm reaching out to some of the folks I know I would have talked to that weekend. In this episode, I have a great talk with friend of the podcast and Boom! Studio's editor extraordinaire, Dafna Pleban. We cover Seven SECRETS and THE POWER RANGERS and talk about how vital Darwyn Cooke's THE NEW FRONTIER is to her wh...
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November 10, 2020 79 min

In this new interview, I talk with Bis Stringer Horne, whose credits include comiXology's EDGEWORLD and FUNNY CREEK. We talk about the importance of empathy, the excellent Thought Bubble Festival, comiXology, and their mentors, Will Dennis, Chip Mosher, and Tula Lotay.
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October 30, 2020 45 min

Will Dennis and I talk about all things horror comics in this episode and why it is an evergreen genre for the comics medium. Happy Halloween, everyone!
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October 9, 2020 38 min

We talk about the Kickstarter campaign Will Dennis just wrapped up for Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel's NOCTERRA. Where does Kickstarter fit in this brave new world?
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September 26, 2020 42 min

In my second conversation about Titan's release of "The Cutting Edge," I talk with Titan editor, Jake Devine, about the steps he took to become an editor, Marvel's "The Ultimates", the status of Statix Press, and, of course, "The Cutting Edge." Remember, it is available for pre-order this month through Diamond's Previews.
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September 25, 2020 45 min

Mario talks about his work and how it has evolved over the years and his love of Spider-Man. We also talk translations, especially the English translation of The Cutting Edge for Titan Comic/Statix Press release. Remember, The Cutting Edge is available for order this month.
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September 20, 2020 36 min

Here's a quick catch up with Eduardo Ancer, editor on Aztlán, which is wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign in the next twenty-four hours. It's fully funded, but they're trying to get to 1,100 backers to release that incentive. Check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aztlan/aztlan-graphic-novel
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September 1, 2020 58 min

We catch up on the status of editing for Will Dennis and talk about what things look like for 2021. For our main topic, we talk about what it's like to take over an established series' editorial reins and how even a dream job can get a bit rote.
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Bonus Episode! Fabrice Sapolsky and TC Harris talk about their new anthology, NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK. It's on Kickstarter, and the campaign ends Thursday, August 21.
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