If I was Taylor, or any female celeb that gets harassed with sexist comments instead of praise on their careers and success, I’d reenact the last scene :) especially since she’s been saying the SAME things since she was a kid #kudos to Tay for always putting these ‘reporters’ (laughable since most don’t even have an English degree yet alone a communication degree) in their place.
So you want to be a comic book artist..? Here’s some sobering information.
One year. 12 issues. 264 pages. 4 covers.
As a full-time comic artist this is the expected output, more or less. Not to say I haven’t done a TON of work on the side to make ends meet, but as an artist on an ongoing monthly title, this is generally what you are expected to produce every year. Some artists do much more than this. Some less. It all depends on your productivity and drive.
It’s taken a lot of work and a ton of luck, but I’ve managed to stay busy for the majority of my career. I’ve gotten married, bought a house and have two beautiful kids. All the while, I was working full time as a professional comic artist. This schedule has allowed me to stay home with the kids until they were ready for school. I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given and all of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know and work with over the years.
I wanted to take this opportunity to give people a look at what it really means to be a professional comic artist; good and bad.
This was a strictly work-for-hire job on a licensed book. That usually means no royalties. The page rate on this project was $125. This is considered an okay page rate by today’s standards. Advances on creator-owned projects are a different matter and subject to different criteria, so are jobs at Marvel and DC. That being said, this is a middle-of-the-road page rate. Not great, not terrible.
Gross pay over the year in addition to those four covers was $33,625. After taxes? $24, 210. That’s $2,017.50 a month (again, I do a lot of work on the side to make ends meet).
Nearly all of that aforementioned salary goes to the mortgage, and so the majority of the financial responsibility falls on my wife.
Remember those kids i mentioned? Full-time daycare in Portland is somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000 -$1,500 per kid. Not to mention health insurance, utilities, car payments, school loans, credit card payments, et al.
Needless to say, you’re going to have to do a hell of a lot more work than those 264+ pages per year to keep your family afloat (should you choose to have one).
So. Here’s the schedule I keep:
7:00am - Wake up, feed the kids and get them ready for school.
8:30 - Take the kids to school
9:00-9:30am - Start work
12:30pm Pick up kid #1
3:30pm: Pick up kid #2
4:00-9:00pm - Family time.
Yep. That’s four hours of sleep per day, best-case scenario. Weekends too. Due to the sleep deprivation, I feel like absolute garbage all the time. Depression, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, weight gain, compromised cognitive abilities, even hallucinations - I suffer from all of these.
So, let’s imagine you have a quaint little nuclear family, a mortgage, etc. and you land a high-profile, non-DC/Marvel gig like #BigTroubleinLittleChina, and you command a decent salary (by today’s standards) from whatever value your name/talent/reputation derives.
You will still likely need to work 50-60 hours a week, nearly 365 days a year to just get by.
So you want to be a comic book artist..?
My best advice to you is to find another way to make your money. Make comics for fun, and at your leisure. Make creator-owned comics, as this is some of the most rewarding work you will ever do, hands down. My books, The Secret History of DB Cooper and Hellbreak have been the most rewarding experiences I’ve had professionally. I implore everyone to do their own thing and not expect comics to pay their bills, because it likely won’t.
Hellbreak and The Secret History of DB Cooper are available through your local comic shop, and are published by Oni Press.
Okay so here’s the thing: for all 21 years of my life I have never actually considered any sort of job related to math or science to be attainable or even rational, beyond like teaching accounting.
I can’t remember one adult ever asking me “oh are you going to be a scientist when you grow up?” in a non-joking voice. All the stupid tv shows and movies I’ve seen convinced me that becoming an overnight international pop star was more attainable than an interesting career in STEM. And when a scientist or mathematician was portrayed? Either a graying old man, or an astounding prodigy who can list any fact in the world off faster than google. Never a young person who simply had a dream they were willing to fight for.
It’s because of this that I’ve spent the last, god who knows, 8 years? swearing up and down that I was going to become a teacher. Because I was convinced that was the only job I could get where I could use mathematics beyond balancing a company’s checkbook.
But today on a whim I decided to look up if NASA offered internship programs. What did I find? Innumerable opportunities related to mathematics; not only at NASA but other organizations and departments of government as well. Not only do careers exist, there are internships available to high school students.
I could have been preparing for opportunities like this since high school, but I didn’t because I didn’t know they existed. I spent my entire life thinking that my love of math and science could only work into a career in teaching, just to discover I’ve been living in the tiniest box.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like these opportunities are easy. In order to progress to a career many require doctorates, and there is quite a thorough application process. But that’s a process I would’ve been, and am, willing to do. I just wish I had known sooner it was an option.
So now I’m preparing to make an appointment with my adviser, so we can look at grad school and which area of math I should focus on. And god I just want to cry. When the realization struck me earlier that working with researchers and advanced mathematics is something I could actually do, I literally sat on the floor in complete shock for a good twenty minutes.
Now don’t get me wrong, careers in teaching are very important. The children need a good education. But for gods sake we have to stop portraying advanced areas of STEM as unattainable for anyone who is less than a prodigy. We need to let children know that their love of science and numbers isn’t useless. It can be more than just play. It can be real life.
And I really wish somebody had told me that sooner so I wouldn’t be crying like this.
‘Science Cheerleader' is an association
of about 300 current and former NFL
and NBA cheerleaders who study or
work in STEM fields. They host many
types of events that encourage young
women to consider careers in science,
technology, engineering, and math. SourceSource 2
How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience
For students who have no fancy internships or summer jobs on their razor-thin résumés, here’s some advice:
1) The first paragraph should say who you are, where you go to school, what the job is that you’re applying for and how you came to apply.
It helps a lot if you can include a name of someone with a personal connection.
2) The second paragraph has to connect the dots between you and the employer.
Describe how your experiences meet the challenges presented in the job description.
3) In the third paragraph, further describe your personal traits and how they make you a great candidate for the job.
4) To wrap up, say when you’ll get in touch.
5) In most cases, send the letter as an attachment and format it like an old-fashioned business letter with your address at the top, then the date and then the address of the recipient.
Proofread carefully and get someone you trust to check for spelling, grammar and word use.
Skydiving, scuba diving, mountain climbing: all are an adrenaline junkie’s dream, but they’re also part of the day-to-day duties of Air Force Reserve Pararescue Jumper (known as a PJ) Matthew Gaddy. In the simplest terms, a PJ helps people, whether it’s hikers who’ve lost their way or campers who’ve run into trouble.