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Concept Phase: I hired an Artist, now what?

Concept Phase Now that you have gone through the process of finding and hiring the right artist, you need to start production on your comic.

By the way, if you haven't found an artist yet, check out my last blog series.
My Experience I did a concept phase with the artist I hired on my first production before we even looked at issue #1. It took a lot of work, but in retrospect, it was one of the best decisions I made.
What do I mean by "Concept Phase"? The concept phase should give you a color drawing of each character and main location that both the author and artist agree upon.
If you have written a complete set of scripts (several comic issues worth), it just makes good sense to work with your artist to get the characters and main locations finalized before starting work on the first issue.
Why? It saves you a ton of time. Instead of going back-and-forth as the artist is drawing panes of your comic, he/she can focus on making the art great because he/she will already hav…

Finding the Right Artist, Part 4: Hiring the Artist

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This is the fourth and final installment in my Finding and Hiring the Right Artist series where I cover Hiring the Right Artist. If you missed the introduction (or other posts in the series), please start here.

Assumptions:
You ARE NOT a well known writerYou want to produce a comic book, manga, or graphic novel (there are different rules for books outside of those types, e.g., children's books, etc.)You want high quality artworkYou don't have a high quality artist friend who is rich and will work for freeWho do I hire? Now that you have several hundred responses to yourad (check my post on finding the right artist if you don't), you need to figure out who to hire.
ChecklistI put together some bullets based on my experience and what I learned from Brandon Easton's blog post (podcast) to help:
Make sure the artist's style matches the style you want for your comic. (This should be described in your ad along with examples images.)
Don't hire artists that don't foll…

Finding the Right Artist, Part 3: Where do I find the right artist?

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This is the third installment in my "Finding and Hiring the Right Artist" series where I cover Finding the Right Artist. If you missed the introduction (or other posts in the series), please start here.

Assumptions:
You ARE NOT a well known writerYou want to produce a comic book, manga, or graphic novel (there are different rules for books outside of those types, e.g., children's books, etc.)You want high quality artworkYou don't have a high quality artist friend who is rich and will work for freeWhere do I find the right artist? I spent a lot of time Googling and digging through other writers' posts before I tried to hire an artist. I found two approaches:
Reach out directly to an artistPost a want ad in one or more online art communities 
I tried both, one worked and one did not. :)
Contact Artists DirectlyJim Zub, author over at Image, blogged about this in "How Do I Find An Artist?". He gives some great advice and even a template email to help.

Jason B…

Finding the Right Artist, Part 2: Pay

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This is the second installment in my "Finding and Hiring the Right Artist" series where we cover Artist Pay. If you missed the introduction (or other posts in the series), please start here.

Assumptions:
You ARE NOT a well known writerYou want to produce a comic book, manga, or graphic novel (there are different rules for books outside of those types, e.g., children's books, etc.)You want high quality artworkYou don't have a high quality artist friend who is rich and will work for freeIncrease your chance of success By hiring a high quality artist, you increase the chance your comic will sell.

From my experience (you can verify this too by thinking back through writers/artists you continue to support), here is a ranking of what sells best to what doesn't:
Amazingwriting & amazingartMediocre writing & amazingartAmazingwriting & mediocre artMediocre writing & mediocre art In other words, if you story is just "okay",  you will still fall insid…