Let’s take a look at the job offerings on my favorite employment-based website.
Do you have a bit of Alex Trebek or Jimmy Kimmel lurking inside you? Well, they’d like it back. Oh, wait. No, there’s a production company that’s looking for a host for the pilot of their new comic book show.
A different TV pilot, this one in New York, needs extras for a fight scene between a superhero and a super-villain.
Do you play music? Do you have a band? You could be chosen to be on the soundtrack for a comic book mini-series.
Hound Comics has a deal for the blogging community involving Miami Wizard World 2011 and some press credentials.
An “established and award-winning production company” is looking for an artist to create a style guide for their upcoming animated series.
And finally, the call is out in Canada for “Female Ninjas.”
Good luck, job seekers!
[Artwork: Jimmy Kimmel]
Yes, I'm cheating again, but only slightly as you'll see. South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's genius TV show, needs a little bit of help. Perhaps yours?
They need an Animator, a Technical Artist, and my favorite (and why they are listed here), Storyboard Design Artist.
The storyboard gig is entry-level, but includes Background Design and (the cool part) Character Design.
You'll need experience with the various computer design programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
They'd like you to know that this is "not a compositing job" but you can expect an "intense, creative, and rewarding production schedule beginning in April."
You will have to be living in Los Angeles for the duration, but how bad is that, really?
Good luck, job seekers!
[Artwork: South Park]
ASIFA-Hollywood announced their nominations for the 38th Annual Annie Awards this past week.
The essential animation blog, Cartoon Brew, has a complete list of the nominations.
If you like controversy, be sure to read the comments, too!
A couple of people with comic book connections popped up on the list of nominees.
Stephen DeStefano, artist on Lucky In Love from Fantagraphics, is up for Character Design in a Television Production for his work on the Cartoon Network series Sym-Bionic Titan.
Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn’s Image Comic Firebreather, the Cartoon Network original movie that aired at the end of November, got itself two nominations. In the category Production Design in a Television Production, Barry Jackson is one of the nominees. In the category Directing in a Television Production, director Peter Chung was nominated as well.
Everyone's gearing up for Intern Season again and here are some of what's available in the world of comics and related fields.
A "TV/Film Production Company and Comic Publisher in Brentwood" (that's Los Angeles for you non-natives) wants a Winter Intern. This company "focuses on comic book-based film and television in both live action and animation. Some prior experience in entertainment preferred for this unpaid position.
Riot Games, creators of League of Legends, wants a Creative Design Intern for their Los Angeles office. Lots of qualifications and job duties, so you'll be putting in the time and effort. Compensation goes one of two ways: college credit, or some kind of payment commensurate with your experience.
Disney Publishing is looking for a Creative Development Intern to work on Disney's Family Fun magazine. It's a magazine for parents with kids aged 3-12. Remember it's Disney so "positive attitude is a must!"
Good luck, job seekers!
[Artwork: The Adventures of Unemployed Man from Little, Brown & Company]
There are a bunch of interesting, and decidedly off-the-beaten-path jobs out there and some of them have only a tenuous connection to comics, but I like them nonetheless. Let’s take a look:
Industrial Light and Magic is looking to fill several positions, and while they’re not technically comic book jobs, they are for artists in the following areas: Animation (Character), Animation (Cloth), Animation (Facial), Animation (FX), Animation (Hair/Fur/Skin), Animation (Traditional), Compositing / Lighting / Image Processing, Lighting, Matchmoving and Rotoscoping. I think they’re too spiffy not to pass along.
USC is looking for an animation director or artist for the role of University Professor for their John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts. USC, by the way, is the University of Southern California, where it's nice and warm and sunny.
Thank you internets, you’ve been great this week. So let’s share that bounty with others:
Mighty Samson: Writer J.C. Vaughn has a preview of Mighty Samson #1 at his blog. Shooter’s involved, Patrick Olliffe is the artist. Dark Horse is the publisher. I’m in!
Here’s a little more about the series at Comic Attack.
Shadow: Novelist James Reasoner has a Forgotten Book that’s a must have for fans of Maxwell Grant’s The Shadow: Gangland's Doom: The Shadow of the Pulps, by Frank Eisgruber Jr.
British Comics: Matthew Murray at Comics Beat goes all out for the new Dandy and breaks down its contents.
Peanuts: Zach Weiner finally lets Charlie Brown kick that football.
Peppers: Mark Evanier lives the sitcom life.
3-D: Ricky Sprague at Project Child Murdering Robot tells how Marvel Comics (in 3-D!) turned him into an atheist. Bonus: 3-D artwork on the internets!
Mr. Natural and Fritz The Cat (Robert Crumb). Cheech Wizard (Vaughn Bode). Dirty Duck (Bobby London). Wonder Wart-Hog (Gilbert Shelton).
All of them are great underground comic book characters. But they're not my favorite. For my money, cartoonist Bob Foster created one of the greatest underground comic characters of all time, Myron Moose.
Foster published Myron Moose Funnies in the early 1970s and they were later re-published by Fantagraphics in the late 1980s, along with Moose strips that originally appeared in Marvel's Crazy.
Foster's also had the kind of career that a lot of people would look at and go "cool!"
He's been an animator for Hanna-Barbera (among others), lived in Europe where he wrote tons of comics - including Donald Duck - for Walt Disney Publishing and later was the editor of Walt Disney's Comics & Stories, and other Disney-based titles.
Mr. Jim Korkis and I have a history that goes back to the dawn of time. His knowledge of comics and cartoon history is astounding and the number of people he's met and interviewed over the years makes Jay Leno seem like a hermit.
Back in the days of Malibu Comics, I hired Mr. K to write some text pieces and introductions to many of our comic strip reprints. They were fascinating and entertaining and I always found out stuff I didn't know – he was the pre-Google Google for certain topics. And his work would arrive many days before his deadline.
I also had the privilege of editing two big softcover books of his, written with his then-frequent collaborator John Cawley, another guy who knows more about animation than Don Bluth forgot. One book was Cartoon Confidential, one of my favorite books I ever got to work on.
The other was the Animation Art Buyer's Guide and Price Guide, which was an inexpensive book about buying, selling, pricing animation art and stuff to look for and look out for.
Read More | Jim Korkis Interview
Are you a comic book artist who’s looking for a change from Batman/Spider-Man/Avengers and want to get into something new? Do you want something steadier in an industry that might be around for awhile? Try animation.
Pixar is the animation studio that has redefined it. Hits like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cars, A Bug’s Life, Up, and more have made it the gold standard for cartoons. And if you can draw comic books, you might have a shot at working for their studio.
They’re looking for Story Artists “to portray the film story concepts in comic book form to guide subsequent film production.”
That sounds a lot like storyboarding, which is a lot like drawing comic book panels. You’ll be receiving “written and verbal descriptions of a sequence from the Director” and creating storyboards that “depict the action, camera placement, and acting of the characters in that sequence.”
Marvel Studios out here on the West Coast must be the happening spot for new hires. This is the second job listing in a week or so, and I originally missed this one because it’s listed through Marvel Comics’ parent company, Disney.
Marvel Studios is looking for a VP in Communication and Distribution in Animation in Manhattan Beach, CA.
You’ll report to the Executive VP, Head of TV, so big props to you, Mr. Powerful. You’ll be working on the “development of objectives and strategic priorities for Marvel Animation and its individual programs in each market around the world.”
This sounds like it’s definitely a suit-and-tie, travel, Bluetooth and buzzword kind of job, so you’ll need not only the experience but the slanguage to back it up. You might even get a nice iPad out of the deal. And if any of you do get the job, let’s talk, because I need a new executive friend in animation.
At the other end of the world, though still part of the vast Disney empire, is Disney Worldwide Publishing which is looking for a “Global Editor.”
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