Who needs NYC? Comic book writers, artists find they can work just fine about anywhere
POSTED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 12:00 AM
New York City used to be the comic book mecca.
Hosting the likes of DC and Marvel Comics (as well as being the fictional home of Spider-Man and the Avengers and the basis for Gotham City and Metropolis), New York was where you had to be if you wanted to work in the comic book world.
But now, you don’t have to live close enough to walk your art or scripts into the Manhattan offices of Marvel Comics, and many creators choose to live here in the Midwest.
Bruce McCorkindale creates art from his Gretna home. Dennis Hopeless writes scripts in Kansas City, Missouri, and sends them to artists all over the world. Phil Hester draws Green Arrow, Wonder Woman and Green Hornet from rural Iowa. Jason Aaron wrote this month’s million-selling “Star Wars” comic in Kansas City.
Comics artist Bob Hall moved from Nebraska to the East Coast in the early 1970s.
There are occasional problems when you’re 4,500 miles away from the artist who’s drawing your comic book. It can be difficult to work with an artist that speaks another language.
“Certain stuff gets lost in translation,” he said. “I write my scripts in a very conversational tone, and slang doesn’t always translate.”
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