Mr. Ellerby, I was wondering how one comes to write for something like Titan Comics? Did they seek you out or do they have job openings that anyone can apply for or does one just send in their résumé and cross their fingers? Ok, I kid, I kid, but wow. I can't even imagine it. I hope you don't mind me asking but feel free to delete this if it's too nosy. Either way, congratulations on your monthly Doctor Who strip!
Hello! Titan editor Andrew James has been a fan of my comic for years and we’ve spoken and kept in contact in that time. He approached me in November last year about working on Who and it took a lot of testing and trying out strips before we all locked down what the back ups would be like.
Titan do have a submissions guide on their website http://titanbooks.com/footer/submissions which I didn’t look into as they approached me but my advice for those wanting to get work in comics is simple: Make comics. Write them, draw them, go to small press fairs and sell them, put them online, whatever just make make make make. Show them to editors, to creators you admire, throw them at retailers - ask for advice and don’t be disheartened, it took me 8 years to get a gig like this and I’m holding onto it with an iron grip.
Wait wait hello! you're Marc Ellerby like the real Marc?WOAH how dumb am I've never seen your tumblr before! I'm a big fan of your work man! love your stories and your art style~ (´▽｀) , can't believe you reblogged my post about your comic! Thanks!
It’s a-me! Hey thanks for posting one of favourite Noonan scenes (and also not calling me out on looking at my Tumblr tags…)
Thank you for putting River Song in The Pond Life comic! I rushed to get the comic when I found out! I'm one of many fans who wanted to see Melody with her family and wished we saw her in the miniseries. Thanks to you, we see this at last! xx
You are most welcome! And that also goes out to all the Melody/River fans out there who have gotten in touch the past few days, you’re all very sweet. I know it’s only 1 page but hopefully that will tie you over until the next time we see her (which I don’t know when will be but someday…)
Ooh check you out with a backup strip in Doccy Who - big congrats I'm super jealous but pleased to see a small press-er rising through the ranks! Lets get ahead of ourselves for a brief moment and pretend the big two are clamouring at your door - what would be your dream comic/character from the toybox would you love to be let loose on? :)
I think out of all the Marvel books (was never a DC fan to be honest) - Generation X is the one that still has a warm place in my heart and it’s for that reason alone I’d love to draw those characters. Chris Bachalo drew the first few arcs and came out with the designs and, man, what an artist, I spent hours pouring over his drawings and layouts, loving this “Vertigo” style on a brand populated by the Kubert brothers style.
I think if that book had any failings is that they spent more time trying to save the world and less time at the mall and believe me if I were in charge there would be more sitting around eating pizza than super-heroics, buddy!
Also believe it or not but Marvel put out a “Underground Special” by Jim Mahfood which in the late 90’s which BLEW MY MIND and is what led me to finding the Clerks comics he drew at Oni and then Oni Press itself and the golden era of books they put out in the early 00’s. So yeah thanks Marvel for getting me into indie comics?!?! WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUBS.
But! I’ll be honest my dream “work for hire” job at the moment would be to do some work on KaBoom’s Cartoon Network and Frederator range. Adventure Time, Bee & Puppycat, Regular Show, Steven Universe are all totally amaaaazing but it seems that every other cartoonist in the world is also trying to get through that particular door. Maybe one day…
almeida1610 said: Will there be other tier rewards? Likr one month you have a limited edition poster for a set amount or towards the end of the 100 page OGN/trade/worth of issues you have a tier for signed copies of that etc? Not suggestions just queries
Hi! I haven’t thought that far ahead to be honest, I based my rewards on other comic artist’s Patreons, specifically Meredith Gran’s and Erika Moen’s (two smart artists I’ve long admired) and $5 seems a modest amount for people to pledge. I am up for making a new reward tier as long as there’s interest, but I want to walk before I can run, so lets see how it goes for now. Rest assured if you pledge high, you will be rewarded ;)
tvpuppy said: It is awesome you are doing this! Can I ask with no sass intended if there’s a particular reason so many rad comix artists have been announcing their patreons over last few days? Has it just been (re)launched or something?
Hi Meryl! I wasn’t aware of other comic artists launching a Patreon this week, so I imagine it’s just pure coincidence. Who else has launched? I set my page up in March but didn’t launch it until this week as I really wanted to be sure that I was asking for financial support for the right reasons, i.e should I be asking my fans for support in the first place? I think I’ve certainly made the right decision but I had to be sure with myself first.
If you’re interested in pledging to my Patreon then you are amazing and you can do that by going here.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED MONEY SO FAR.
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