More on Freelance Editing
Allow me a moment to elaborate on the freelance editing I’ve been mentioning over the last few weeks.
Platinum Studios is an intellectual properties company that licenses other content or generates their own with an eye towards leaping from the four-color page to movies and television. They’ve had some success already with the European series Jeremiah that wound up a series on Showtime.
Look at their website and you see all manner of concepts from humor to crime to science fiction and even a nascent shared universe of costumed crimefighters. Something for everyone and Hollywood is paying attention.
They’re gearing up to finally get a number of their properties into print later this year with a ton to follow in 2007. Up until recently, my former DC colleague Lee Nordling has been the Executive Editor, solely trying to wrangle something like 100 projects. Too many for anyone to handle without losing their mind (or in Lee’s case, hair). Anyway, we started talking back in February about my helping the company in some capacity.
It started with some proofreading, which exercised some muscles I hadn’t used in a while and gave me a feel for what they were producing.
Then, right before Memorial Day, I was invited to freelance edit Ghosting, a project that corporate moved to the top of their To Do list. It had a script but needed an artist and someone who could shepherd it. I read it over and accepted.
No sooner did I say yes, then the corporate office called and asked me to take on another project, this time one in need of a writer. I liked the concept for Dark Forces and signed on. As I write this, I have six projects to handle and it’s an interesting feeling.
I was asked how I could do this without an office environment. There will be trade offs. I certainly can’t sit with a book designer or stand over a marketing person’s shoulder. I can, though, read scripts on screen and check art files from the home office. With the advent of the Internet and digitalization, it gets easier. Or so the theory goes.
In some cases, I am reading full scripts and giving notes, and in one case will be asking for a total rewrite. In others, I have been seeking artists. Eventually, I’ll have to start hunting colorists but fortunately, not yet.
While at DC, I could open up an on-line program and access any freelancer’s address and phone number so I could acquire work. If I was looking for something new, every office had a slush pile of submissions. Here, in my home office, I have neither and have to hit my network of contacts. The nice thing about that is I am getting back in touch with colleagues I haven’t had occasion to chat with in ages. Some have led to offers of work, some have led to nice conversations and referrals to other people.
Still, I need artists and as it stands, I won’t be at the summer shows to haunt Artists’ Alley to seek talent. So, let me try something for a little while: I’m looking for artists, preferably those who pencil and ink or do tight enough textured pencils that we can color from. For my tastes, I am looking for people who draw fairly realistically, can do convincing looking people, places and objects. Most of this material is set in the world outside your window and the comics needs to reflect that. If you think you’re as good those now being published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, etc., then send me a few jpegs to PlatinumSamples@hotmail.com. Who knows?
More on the process of freelance editing as time passes by.