I know a lot of people are looking at the comic book industry for those Writers with hard hitting stories. Then there are the Artists who are considered the rock stars, wielding the pencil to create the perfect image and the Inkers who create the depth in shading, and other special effects. Then we have the Colorist who adds the final touch to the graphic novel or comic book. But this all just doesn't happen over night without a particular person guiding the work. So who is this person you might ask? She has been writing and editing some of Zenescope Comics as a Freelancer since 2007. She has written in some of the Grimm Annual and some of the Grimm Fairy Tales. Her name is Linda Ly a very talented writer & editor.
So I know a lot of people who read graphic novels & comics might not know what an editor really mean. When you’re writing a storyline for ZC (Zenscope Comics) what are some of the important things to keep in mind when you’re working with the Artist?
When you’re writing a story for comics you definitely have to keep in mind the things you’re describing and the feelings you are trying to express through your characters. How you explain and or describe an action is important because this is what the artist will work from. The artist will use your words as a road map to what they will draw on the page.
Did you see yourself working in this field? Yes.
How do you approach an idea for a storyline for a comic book that is only 22 pages and has to tie in with the other titles?
I sometimes brainstorm and or work off of a synopsis or treatment that is given to me.
After you’re done with the finished title were does it go from there?
It goes to the Editor who looks over the script and finds any errors or things that might need to be rewritten etc.
Now as the Artist goes through the storyline that you have written & edit does he/she do layouts before he/she works on the final pages?
Yes and no it depends on the project/deadlines etc. Sometimes we’ll ask the artist to do some layouts before they do the actual pages but it depends on the project and if time will allow it.
Now knowing the process from writing to the art do you help edit the book throughout the process of the Title?
Yes if I am asked to but in some circumstances I don’t always.
Do you get to make the main decisions on who dose the coloring for the title?
For some of the titles I’ve worked on I have had the privilege to bring on the artist and colorist but when it comes down to it I don’t make the final decision on who gets the gig.
What do you look for in artist besides whether they can hit deadlines?
QUALITY and SKILLS, an Artist work most often speaks for itself and we look for the types of quality that fit the Zenescope world. Sometimes an Artist can be very good but he/she might have a different style from what we might be looking for.
Have you ever had to make another choice with the Editor of the company because of their choice in the Artist? No.
How were you discovered by Zenescope Comics?
Two words in which I will forever be grateful for: Raven Gregory. Raven took a chance on me for the very issue of Return to Wonderland where I gave voice to a young Alice and a teen Calie in the Diary and Blog entries of Issue #0.
I also notice you have worked with Raven Gregory, Joe Brusha, and Ralph Tedesco. Did you guys collaborate together before Zenescope Comics? No.
Would you ever consider working with other indie companies, even though it’s not Zenescope?
Yes of course that is why I have always considered myself freelance.
What do you enjoy most about working in this industry above all other industries?
I enjoy the ability to create a new world, a new character and overall just being able to be creative is what I love most.
If you could be have the chance to work with any type of characters from books to movies who would you choose?
I would choose to work with a Female driven character that breaks boundaries.
Now here is the question that is big kicker for you as a writer/editor. Would you want to write?
Yes, I always want to write because I have always had the passion to tell stories.
Who would you call on to draw & ink this?
I would pull out my trusty list of friends and networks in the industry.
Last but not least would you want the graphic novel to be in color or B/W?
I would prefer color because there is so much you can bring to life with color I feel it makes the images on the page limitless.
Now everyone has somebody that inspired them, who was it and why?
Funny thing is a lot of folks ask me this and I can’t find myself picking one particular writer or artist that might have inspired me to break into this industry. I’ve always enjoyed reading comics and I can almost say that almost every comic that I’ve picked up and read has in some ways inspired me.
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