Quote Me: Pencils Provide when it comes to portfolios – Marcia Allass

“I’m not an editor, but based on friends’ experiences – I would try to have some pencils in your portfolio, just so you can show the quality of the art before and after inking – I know artists who have picked up inking work, for instance, by demonstrating what they can do with ink over rough pencils.

“Also make sure that you have some sequential work in there as well as pin ups or splashes. It’s important to show that you can visually tell a story.

“If you write and draw, then a finished short might be nice too.

“I’ve mostly seen people showing the actual artwork at shows in the past but
I’m not an editor so I don’t know if they have a preference on that score.”

Marcia Allass, Sequential Tart, a leading web zine about the comics industry

• You might also like to take a look at this guidance on what you should – and shouldn’t – include in your art portfolio when you’re showing it around at comic conventions. You might also like to take a look at my Editor’s View on what we like to see in Portfolios and there is some advice from independent comic creator Pete Ashton here about presenting yourself to an editor; and more advice here from artist Matt Brooker

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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