If you’ve ever wondered about the responsibilities of an editor at Marvel, well wonder no more. Over at Marvel they’ve posted an interview with Tom Brevoort, Lauren Sankovitch and Alejandro Arbona. Here’s an excerpt:

How would you describe the workflow on a day to day basis in your office?
 
Tom Brevoort: Every day is different, so it’s all about prioritizing those things which must get accomplished most urgently, while still finding enough time to plan stuff further out.
 
Alejandro Arbona: [It’s] like spinning plates. The most immediate priorities are usually the deadlines that are on the shortest term—the comics due at the printer that week—while we also work on other projects for later weeks and months, and develop projects for even further out, trying to keep all those plates spinning. An average day involves everything from thinking and planning at a pretty abstract level on projects way down the line to lovingly poring over lettering proofs on a near-final comic, greasing every gear, tightening every last bolt.
 
Lauren Sankovitch: Typical day has Tom and I answering and sending hundreds of emails from receiving art from our freelancers to giving feedback on a script to doing an interview like this one. There are weekly meetings to attend, covers to be put together, scripts to be read, calls to be made [and] answered, recaps to be written, a revolving door of various persons from across the office coming in with questions for us and vice versa and other daily office minutiae. All that and we have a delightful intern who assists us by doing research and trafficking paperwork throughout the greater office.
 
Marvel.com: What’s the division of responsibilities in the office like?
 
Tom Brevoort: While they’re in position to backstop one another, Lauren and Alejandro work on separate projects, both on the stuff that they individually edit and those titles on which they assist me. So it’s a pyramid structure with [me] at the top.
 
Lauren Sankovitch: I handle the bulk of the scheduling and trafficking of files for the office and assist Tom on the books he directly oversees. Overall, there’s a lot of back and forth between us and a lot of our day-to-day business gets shared: i.e. I’ll contact this artist to start this cover, meanwhile, can you chuck this reference material to the colorist for so-n-so book?
 
Alejandro Arbona: Lauren and I each edit our own comics individually under Tom’s oversight, such as INVINCIBLE IRON MAN in my case, and we also work closely with Tom on the projects he edits personally. Geographically speaking, we operate out of different offices; Lauren shares an office with Tom, and I’m down the hall in another room.

It truly is a great look behind the curtain as they detail their day to day life at Marvel and some details from their projects. I highly recommend clicking on the link below and reading the whole thing.

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/story/16257/inside_the_bullpen_the_brevoort_office#ixzz1RpR3OEb3

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