A while back, I was cruising a certain Web site that lists job openings and I saw the job of my dreams: Marvel Comics was in need of an editor. Even though I already have a great job in an exciting and rewarding industry (and yes, boss, I really do love it “here”), I just had to send in a resume.
Ultimately what was important to me was why I wanted the job, not whether I was really qualified for the position, so without further explanation, I offer you a back-door look into why I became a journalist:
Instead, he suggested a slow, measured path to Marvel Comics. He said go to college, take some journalism classes and work at a newspaper for a while. There you could learn how the publishing business works. From writing to editing to understanding the intricacies of pre-press techniques, you’d learn a lot, he wrote.
That’s just what I’ve done. For the past 10 years, I’ve worked as a journalist in a variety of newspapers. I started out as a copy editor and became a writer, a designer and illustrator.
(Readers: I’ve snipped out a few details here.)
Outside of the newspaper business, I’ve also worked for some of the biggest publishers in the role-playing game field. For Paizo Publishing, I’ve been the author of three highly-rated Dungeons & Dragons adventures. At West End Games, I was a contributing writer for their book exploring alien races.
So what’s my next step? Marvel Comics. I’ve been waiting and working my way toward your company, and I hope you’ll give me a shot as your next Associate Editor.
Your ComicsOnTheBrain.com blogger
Don’t worry, boss, I didn’t hear a thing from Marvel, but hey, I had to try.
The amazing thing is, years after making the choice to be a journalist, I couldn’t be more happy with my selection. It’s a field were you are positively bombarded with information all day long. It’s a field that’s amazingly rewarding. It’s a field that makes you eager to get up and go to work.
It’s something to be proud about.
And all I really want to say is thanks for the advice, Mr. Gruenwald.
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