Peter's Comic Book Ramblings

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Chris Crank, DC artist Mike Norton and special guest Kevin Mellon (artist on Thirteen Steps, Gearhead) engage in a great "behind the scenes" type discussion on the latest Crank Cast episode. It's an honest, open discussion about what it's like to be a freelance artist in the comic business. They touch on everything from the difficulties in balancing work and a life, payment and pay scales, publisher shenanigans, realities of freelance and creator owned work and more.

It's an interesting off-the-cuff chat that really points out the difference between "those in the know" and "those that assume they're in the know" - myself included. It could go a long way to inform message board discussions, blogs and other podcasts when they start to try and speak from an uninformed sense of authority, especially in terms of sales numbers, creator motivations/decisions and a very base position of working in a field that seems to want to be both secretive and out in the open at the same time.

Give Crank Cast Episode 167 a listen. You wont be disappointed.



  • I'll check it out because I like hearing about those topics you named, however I want to say that my quoting of sales figures a few episodes ago wasn't totally uninformed, I was citing a specific title from a specific creator who put those numbers out there.

    By Blogger kafraco, At December 26, 2008 at 8:50 AM  

  • To me, Comic Book Noise = always informed. Even when I don't agree. :)

    By Blogger Peter, At December 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM  

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