Comic book editing is a big job. If you ever meet someone who edits comics and you don’t think that’s really cool, well, I don’t know what to tell you.
Freelance comic book editing is almost more akin to project management than it is conventional editing. When you think of an editor, you think of someone who fixes up spelling and grammar, and someone who may provide notes on the overall story etc.
A comic book editor does all of those things and more. In addition to that, they are usually responsible for the timeline of the book and ensuring that everyone meets deadlines Just coordinating all the members of the creative team (which can be several people such as the penciler, inker, flatter, colourist, letterer) can be a big job and then add in that the editor touches base with a publisher to get files out, preview information, solicit text, and more.
COMICS EDITING IS A BIG AND COOL JOB.
If you’re looking to get into editing, we’ll have a link to resources that you can check out soon enough, but here are some handy write-ups from a variety of people, including Mark Waid, as they talk about the ins-and-outs of the job.
- Everything You Need to Know About Editors, Part One by Heather Antos
- Editing Comics the BOOM! Way
- Mark Waid’s The Job of the Comic Book Editor
- Geeky Jobs: Comic Book Editor
- 10 Points On The Craft Of Comic Book Editing
- Running an Online Store: A Panel Discussion - April 14, 2021
- An Intro to Financing and Budgeting for Freelancers - March 9, 2021
- The Future of Comic Book Editing: An Assistant Editor’s Panel - December 23, 2020