L.W. Flouisa's picture
L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami October 29, 2015 - 12:17am

This is something I often get told, as someone who wants to illustrate children's books, but also I've heard about it occassionally from the graphic novel industry--though thankfully in actual practice.

Is there a particular reason places hire out an artist, instead of having the writer (who has demonstrated the skills) draw the work in question? How much of this applies to graphic novels?

It seems like at the point an artist is in graphics novels, someone who does graphic novels can be reasonably assumed?

They might not have an art style that's not real commercial--I'm really big on experimental art styles like makeshift Charcoal sketching, but to me that doesn't mean a writer--with those drawing skills--isn't qualified.

I guess in pure writerly jobs like picture books this makes sense, but it just feels out of place of GNs.

Bradley Sands's picture
Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 3, 2015 - 2:21am

Seems like a fair amount of comic writers who have worked for the big 2 started out drawing their own stuff, which became popular and caused them to be discovered. Then they ended up working with artists at Marvel or DC who are better than them. But as far as indie graphic novels, I see far more that are written and drawn by the same person than a two-person team.