Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ponder This

If Jack Kirby were a young and hungry artist today, do you really think he would go into comics?

Let's think about this for a moment - the pay, unless you're a "hot" artist or a legend, you're working freelance no matter where you work in the industry, and your career length is fairly arbitrary. And let's not talk about the whole "creator's rights" issues.

Forgive me for thinking so, but I think part of the reason that storytelling and composition skills among "Big Two" comic artists has so degraded over the last 10-15 years is because those people all left the industry for the greener pastures of video games and web animation, where they'd likely get a better chance of making a long time living.

Just a thought. Maybe someone can enlighten me if I'm wrong here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I could imagine that if Jack Kirby were starting out now, he'd probably do graphics design for computer games or storyboards for movies, while doing webcomics on the side (with a possible Image- or book deal in the wings) -- the PVP or Dilbert model.