Reposted from Budjette's multiply blog:
Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis talks about …
MAKING YOUR LAST COMIC BOOK:
I’m always amazed by the people who work so hard to get here [a job in Marvel], or so lucky to get there. It takes an insane amount of work to get there and when they get there and they start bucking around, they start diva-ing it up and get high and mighty and totally forget … [you have to remember] what job you have in comics, someone else had that job before you.
Now is the time to do the work of your life.
Now is the time to express yourself like no one else has ever done.
You should [write or draw this comic book] like it’s your last, like you’re going to be fired after this. And I do this.
Remember … someone else had this job and someone else will have it after you. It’s up to you how long you can keep it.
Big name people –BIG NAME PEOPLE—cannot get work because they act the fool.
PROMOTING YOUR WORK:
Just getting the book out … just birthing it to the world… is not enough. They think the whole world is somehow looking at them. [What you] really have to do is get out there and hustle –hustle your butt. No matter what level you are in the charts. You see Springsteen’s out there. He’s hustl’n. He’s not just there pretending to be the god of rock. He’s been runnin’ around [promoting his new album]. You just gotta hustl’ brother! If you really believe in [your work] … if you think there’s an audience for it … go find that audience.
You think you’ve [promoted it] a million times and it’s enough? It’s not enough. You’ve got to promote something until you’re sick of the sound of your voice. And if you don’t want to do that, then find someone else who will do that for you. If you really want to make sure you’re heard and if you’ve got something you’re really proud of, you really gotta hustle—LOUD!
These are excerpts from the podcast Word Balloon, hosted by John Siuntres.
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