My recent travels have taken me to Easter Island and Santiago, Chile. While there, I was asked for an interview on my career in the comic book world. Always happy to oblige. This one seemed to focus on my experiences as a woman in the industry, which I have to say, has over all been positive.
Even though I know it would make for a better interview if I could dish some dirt, I really don't have much dirt to dish.
And besides as Confucius says "Those who dish dirt, only dig holes for themselves." (Okay, Confucius didn't really say that. I made it up. But still. )
Any who, for my own views, here 'tis.
As far as working in the industry, me personally, although I have heard some bad stories that other women have told, personally I was given mostly opportunities: to be an editor, to learn and to work with some amazing people. If I did have a bad story or two, I probably wouldn't tell it. No need.
Rick drew this in '92 of co-workers at Marvel at 387 Park Avenue South after they redesigned the offices and moved people around. The multi-talented Eliot R. Brown drew the building.
In this photo: Josh Myers, Ralph Macchio, David Wohl (photos), John Romita, Sr., Tom DeFalco, Bob Harras, Mark Gruenwald, Pat Garrahy, Bob Budiansky, Lisa Patrick, Stan "The Man" Lee, Renee Witterstaetter, Terry Stewart, John N. Mailroom, Eliot R. Brown, Mike Z. Hobson, Hildy Mesnik, Steve Saffel , Don Hudson, Tom Breevort, Kevin Kobasic , Evan Skolnick , Whitey, Mort Todd and Michael Delefemine, Richard Ashford, Joey Cavalieri, Lisa Trusiani , Mike Rockwitz , Glenn Herdling (photos), Paul Becton, Marie Javins , Ed Murr, Don Daley, Tim Touhy, Dawn Geiger, Marcus McLaurin , Steve Bunche , Darren Auck, Danny Fingeroth , Mike Lackey, Rob Tokar , Dan Cuddy, Chris Cooper, Nel Yomtov, Fabian Nicieza , Tom Daning (photos), Rick Parker, Jack Abel, Hector Collazo, Mark Powers
Sometimes you work ten hour days, sometimes you work weekends. I don’t find it to be something that drives me insane, I love what I do. I feel very fortunate to be working in a creative industry where I get to set my own hours, I get to publish the books I want to work on, and it’s the same with film production. I have enjoyed every movie, every commercial, every music video that I’ve worked on because it’s exciting to be creative and create something that millions of people are going to see. So I think I would be bored if I wasn’t so busy.
And it’s the same coming here to Chile, I’ve never been to Chile before and the people here are warm, open and friendly. And, making sequential art that reflects their world view. Now I have a better understanding of what it's like in this part of South America. It’s very important as a writer and someone who works in a creative media like myself to see what it’s like in other places, to learn and to get to know people and their culture. It adds authenticity to anything I work on, the wider my world view. I think we grow as humans the more we know our fellow people. And sequential art is a wonderful tool to use.