Interview: Women of BOOM! – Polly Guo
GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?
PG: Do something other than comics for your money, and then do comics because you love it. I’ve had to turn down multiple graphic novels because I simply could not financially sustain myself on what they were paying me. The story of the self-made comic artist is a myth. Many of the famous comic artists you know are only able to do what they do because they have a breadwinning spouse with a stable job or they were able to work out of their parents’ house for YEARS without paying rent, with few exceptions.
My friend was just saying to me yesterday: it’s like if someone got to the top of Mt. Everest via helicopter and started telling everyone at the bottom that, hey, if they got there with their bare hands and then everyone else could, too.
GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?
PG: Style has a lot to do with it. A lot of women just don’t draw in what people would deem ‘house style.’ There are obviously exceptions, but for the most part women have a pretty different and varied set of influences that might not fall into a ‘house style’, and that shouldn’t be a bad thing, but it prevents a lotta people from giving women artists the benefit of the doubt.
I’ve heard editors say they don’t hire women because women can’t draw backgrounds and perspective. Even if that were true (it isn’t), if this was any other industry, that’s something you could teach someone to do passably well through a little bit of mentorship or training. Most learning is done on the job in ANY industry. And when introducing diversity into a workforce you always have to reach across the aisle and do a fair share of giving people the benefit of the doubt, which, admittedly, when there’s money to be made and bellies to be filled, is hard to do.
On top of that, it’s simply difficult to get women to reach for these opportunities because everything about the comics industry tells them they aren’t wanted in it (sexist imagery, fake geek girl-ism, white male dominated work environments, seasoned professionals declaring that comics are not for women, etc.).
I once spoke to a major tv network executive (white male) who said that since his youth he understood the failings of the lack of diversity in tv, and he’d go out of his way to connect with women and people of color in the company and request that they submit tv pitches. Only a small handful of the employees he reached out to actually came to pitch. He told me he realized then that offering the opportunity to people is only half the battle.
The people he reached out to had spent their entire lives subtly being told their work was not wanted, in a way he had never personally experienced. And if you tell a certain group of people again and again that they won’t succeed, eventually they’ll stop trying.
I’ll swim and sail on savage seas
with ne’er a fear of drowning
And gladly ride the waves of life
if you will marry me
I’ve had a sketch of this sitting in my folder for a while now, and galtenoble’s gorgeous art inspired me to finish it! I’m so in love with these two ahh//
I was and am still wondering why Hiccup threw the sheep in Astrid’s bin at the end of the movie?
1. Hiccup is probably not an actual participant in the race (he’s helping rebuild stuff he ain’t got time for that) and therefore doesn’t have his own bin.
2. Snotlout (and probably Fishlegs) is still tossing sheep into Ruff’s bin, so Hiccup’s just making things even (even if he technically stole it from Astrid anyway).
nahh, it’s cause he luurrrrves his girlfriend! :P
Just found some waffles on the pancake tag
4chan has gone too far
Daniel Radcliffe, everyone.
If they show sports events at bars why don’t they show tv shows?
someone should get to making a fandom bar.
no but can you imagine? fandom themed drinks, tv show maraton nights, discount to cosplayers, and special season finale events.WHY ISNT THIS A THING??!!
because none of you ever leave the house nor are you old enough to drink