Even when I ask an editor what their job is I never get the same response twice.  Here writer Jason Aaron talks about his experiences with editors and what he sees as their job.

From CBR:

Good question, Jared, and the answer really depends on what sort of company you’re working with and what sort of project it is. But generally, an editor is like an air traffic controller. Their job is to shepherd all the planes through the sky and bring everybody in for safe landings and avoid any outright disasters.

As a writer, my job generally just involves writing a script and turning it over to the editor. After that, I’ll see art come in and offer any notes I might have, generally relayed through the editor instead of directly. Then I’ll see a lettered PDF of the book and make any last minute lettering changes I might have. And that’s it. I rarely have any direct contact with the colorist or the letterer on the book. Sometimes I won’t even have direct contact with the artist. The editor manages all of that.

Even if it’s the writer who’s setting the course, the editor is still the one piloting the ship.

Read the whole article HERE.

While I don’t often post about current events, this seems like something a little bit more significant.  The comics market is in a state of flux these days, as retailers and publishers try to defend themselves against a slow economy and incorporate things like digital distribution.  After raising prices of many single issues of their books Marvel to $3.99 has begun lowering titles back to the $2.99 price point with the hopes of getting back some readers that could not afford the higher price tag.  From Marvel’s press release:

Because you asked for it, Marvel made it happen! Here is the first wave of fantastic new limited series at $2.99 per issue. Featuring Marvel’s biggest characters and helmed by some of the industry’s most fan-favored creative teams, these limited series cover new and exciting ground from all corners of the Marvel Universe!

These new series are:

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA
  • WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE
  • ARCADE: DEATH GAME
  • HAWKEYE: BLIND SPOT
  • 5 RONIN

“Based on the feedback we’ve received from both retailers and fans, there’s a definite desire for limited series like Captain America: Hail Hydra or Hawkeye: Blind Spot to be priced at $2.99 per issue,” explains Senior Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel. “We’re extremely impressed with the stories our writers and artists want to tell, and we’re committed to providing these book for a great price.”

Fans demanded new titles for $2.99 per issue and Marvel listened! Now it’s time to show your support for these books in your shops by asking your retailer to order them and more are sure to come! This is the start of something big at Marvel and for fans, so get onboard now!

The great people over at The Comics Alliance have posted a video from the far off land of 1981.  It’s a BBC documentary about Superman in all his glory.

via The Comics Alliance:

Though he wasn’t the first person to use it, legendary comics creator Will Eisner is credited with popularizing the term “graphic novel” to describe the long-form comic book story. As the story goes — or at least, as it’s often repeated in Eisner biographies like Bob Andelman’s A Spirited Life and Michael Schumacher’s A Dreamer’s Life in Comics — is that Eisner needed something other than “comic book” to call A Contract With God in order to get publishers to take it seriously, and came up with the term “graphic novel” on the spot.

That’s been the accepted origin for his use of the term since 1978, but while doing research for an upcoming project on race in comics at Ohio State University’s Eisner collection, college professor and comic book scholar Dr. Andy Kunka discovered that it’s not actually the case.

In addition to comics and original art, OSU also has a vast collection of Eisner’s letters and personal correspondence, including an August, 1974 exchange with creator Jack Katz, who was seeking Eisner’s criticism of his book, The First Kingdom, where Katz says:

Here is the first book of a series of 24 books which it will take to complete the epic. … What I am starting is a graphic novel in which every incident is illustrated.

Four years before Eisner pulled the words “graphic novel” out of the ether, he read it in a letter. And as Kunka explains, this “at least provides an addendum to the oft-repeated story of how he came to use the term to describe A Contract with God. And, therefore, the accepted wisdom of that story needs to be revised.”

There’s more at the link so hop over to read the rest.

This morning Paul Levitz stopped by the studio to appear on NPR’s “On Point” to talk about comics history and to promote his new book “75 Years of DC Comics”.  A very interesting listen as callers ask questions ranging from Marvel vs DC to comics as modern myth.  The program should be up momentarily and is definitely worth a listen.

Click HERE to go to NPR.