“In my experience, even if you have a great portfolio submission it won’t neccessarily translate in to a job. Reread that. I know it sounds impossible and depressing but I’ll explain…
“These jobs have an important social component. People always talk about being in the “right place at the right time” and it’s very true. What they don’t tell you is if you create enough interactions with industry people on a social level, you’ll create those right places and right times. “
- Jim Zubkavich, at his Livejournal
My friend Jim Zubkavich is the head of the animation department at Seneca College here in Toronto, and also the taskmaster/co-owner at Udon Comics, so he knows a little something about getting a job in mainstream comics (or really, anywhere for that matter). Despite the fact that I don’t necessarily want it to be easier for folks to ‘break in’ (seriously, it’s not that hard now) I think his advice here is really great, and he really oughtta be writing more often, so I like to encourage him when I can.
If you’ve got any interest in becoming a comics creator, you should go check it out, it’s good stuff.