Welcome to another edition of Fill in the Blank. Here, creators enlighten us with their thoughts on the comics industry through the medium of informal questionnaire. It’s a neat opportunity for our favorite artists and writers to share some very specific insights, news, and commentary about the wonderful (and sometimes weird) medium we all adore so dearly.
This time around, writer/artist Jamal Igle shares his thoughts on developing great stories, communication between creators, and the future of comics. Igle’s long career has included stints with Ahoy Comics (Wrong Earth), Marvel (Iron Man and Spider-Man), and DC (Firestorm the Nuclear Man and Nightwing) as well as BLACK from Black Mask Studios and Image Comics. He’s also the creator of the character/series Molly Danger. Find him online at his official website.
My proudest accomplishment is that despite my massive fear of heights, climbing halfway up Teotihuacan in Mexico City. oh, were we talking about work? That’s hard. I’m proud of almost everything I’ve done, but putting together Molly Danger is probably a high point for me.
The first thing I ever had published made me feel super giddy, honestly. I still get the same thrill from seeing my work in print.
When in doubt, always improvise. “Fake it until you make it.”
I think The Masked Singer is the worst idea of all time.
The secret to creating great stories is to always have compelling characters. The characters dictate how the story will unfold. they eventually start to develop their own motivations and personalities. The more interesting the characters, the more story possibilities to explore.
The worst advice I ever received was play politics in business. I’m not very good at lobbying for work and every time I tried to “get to know the right people,” it’s blown up in my face. So, I just try to be myself and hang with people I like rather than people who can get me places, career-wise.
The worst thing artists and writers do is not talk to each other. Always take the opportunity to have at least one conversation with your collaborators.
Comics in 10-15 years will all share two qualities they’ll 90-120 pages and digital first.
I always listen to political talk radio when I’m working. I like hearing voices but I also like listening to things I can actively ignore.
The artist/writer I look up to most is José Luis García-López.
You can’t do anything creatively without heart and perseverance.
People don’t read comic books because someone, when they were younger, told them that comics were childish, and it scared them off from the medium.