Special Edition Podcast

Make Comics #11 – Artist Portfolio

Show Notes

Josh Flanagan is back with Andy Schmidt to bring you a weekly dose of advice on breaking into and making comics!

We’ve got our first email question, and it’s about portfolios.

An artist trying to break into comics relies on their portfolio, either physical or digital, it’s a group of artwork specifically choreographed to show exactly what kind of comic book skills they have. But what should the portfolio highlight? Should there be superheroes? Action shots, storytelling, talking heads? A little of everything? Andy breaks down what editors are really looking for.

Running Time: 00:20:42

Andy is the founder of the online comic book school Comics Experience, as well as a former editor at Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing. Josh Flanagan has been working on iFanboy.com, talking, reviewing, and thinking about comics for over a decade, as well as writing and creating some of his own.

If you’re interested in going further, you can check out Comics Experience, where creators can take advantage of their workshops and the community to get feedback from peers and fellow creators, as well as meet people, network and get better at making comics. Also be sure to check out the creator workshops offered!


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  1. LOVE these! Thanks for all of the great shows. Keep ’em coming!

  2. Hey dudes, thanks for answering my question(sorry I snubbed you Josh), it really helped clear a few things up. Just for the record, when I said I have no desire to write, I wasnt referring to storytelling since that is obviously a crucial part of what I do, but what I meant is that I really dont have any ideas that I think are decent enough for me to try to write as a mini series or something. I’d rather leave that up to someone who’s a writer and just let me do the art, and of course, the storytelling.

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