The prompt for this post just makes me feel queasy recalling my Letter of Intent for the three Grad Schools I applied for.
Here’s the deal: I have two concurrent, parallel goals. The first is to possibly break into the comic business as an editor. I feel like I could make a lot of difference from the inside in concordance with the outside. However, you have to put up with a lot of bullshit to get there. I know I would probably be faced with the decision to let some sexist cheesecake art/writing slide in order to hit a deadline. That’s upsetting. So I think independent comics or smaller publishers is the way to go. However, there’s not much money out there as an editor. So, I can’t really aim for much.
The second is to teach comics as a profession. This goal is a variation of the standard “I’m going to teach people how to do comics or about comics.” Sure, it’s necessary to know about comics in order to learn about them, but I want students to engage in them, study them, critique them in a similar way as you would a film. Comic books are a growing medium with even greater scholarly attention than before and should thus be given dutiful attention. When 75% of Big Two comics don’t have female-leads, you know you have a problem needing attention.
There are a growing number of scholars specializing in comics, and I want to be among them with film as a fallback.
To teach and be a scholar versus actually working in the business? Both attempt to reach comics and change in different ways, and I think I’ll be happy with either. Though, I’m kind of leaning towards teaching. It would be fun to spread my knowledge to others and watch them learn.
We’re drawing near the end of the WRITING CHALLENGE, check out what’s been done up to this point by clicking the link.