Editors’ Day 2016: Guidelines and Things to Consider

Posted on 04 May 2016 by John Larison

For everyone who is taking part in Editors’ Day 2016, Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, there are a few things to remember.

1. Your portfolio should be no more than 10-12 pieces of art. This can include comic pages, comic covers, children’s books pages, concept art, character designs, turnarounds, or individual spot illustrations. You only have a few, short minutes with the editor so it is better to get more feedback from fewer pieces than less feedback for more pieces. It is better to have a few really strong pieces. Editors can tell what they want to give you feedback on in 2-3 pieces.

Keep it to 10-12 pieces and definitely NO sketchbooks or loose art. Put all of your work in a professional portfolio. Something like this: Portfolio Example

If you are doing comic inking or coloring you should also have the original pencil or ink file as well as your inked or colored page side by side, so the editor can see what you have brought to the penciler’s or inker’s art.

Print your portfolio early. Do not wait until the last minute. Your work can be at size 11” x 17” or smaller, but don’t come in with work larger than 11” x 17”.

2. You should bring both traditional and digital portfolios if you have a reader (Ipad, etc.). DO NOT SHOW ART OFF OF YOUR PHONE FOR ANY REASON! If you just have a traditional portfolio that is okay. It is better to have both, but you should at least have a traditional portfolio.

3. Dress nicely. While you do not have to dress business professional, you SHOULD dress up. Since this is a professional meeting with an editor you should take care in how you present yourself. Come in clean clothes. Make certain you take time to shower, brush your teeth and hair, and put deodorant on.

4. Phone etiquette: If your phone comes out of your pocket for any reason during your review, your review will be over and you will be escorted out by the Grad Handler. Keep your phone on silent in any group or individual review at all times. No phone use will be tolerated at all.

5. Stay silent in the hallways. If you want to talk with friends, then find an empty room and go in there or go outside. Please respect all of the reviews going on. If you are too loud in the hallways, then you will be asked to quiet down, find a room, or go outside.

6. Editor reviews: Stay silent during editor reviews and take notes. You only have a few minutes with your editors so unless they ask you a direct question, be quiet. Let them look over your work, make comments, critique it, and you take notes. I cannot stress this enough. You need to stay quiet unless asked a direct question from the editor.

This is a rare opportunity to be able to sit down with editors so you shouldn’t spend it talking or talking over them. Let them talk! Do not explain your work or yourself. It should speak for itself without you talking over it.

Group reviews: If you are in a group review and your work is not being reviewed, DO NOT MAKE A NOISE! You need to respect other people’s reviews. Feel free to take notes since you can learn just as much from other people’s reviews and their work as you can from your own reviews. Just sitting there and listening to other reviews is valuable.

7. BE ON TIME! If you are even one minute late to your review you will NOT be let in. You have missed your review. Try again next year. Arrive 15-20 minutes early for every review. It is better to have to wait a little for your review then to show up and have missed your review.

8. Find out which room your review you will be in before showing up. The lists will go up next week around Wednesday, so check back on SEQALab until they go up.

9. Print out your schedule so you know what room you need to be in and when you need to be there.

10. If you have a question about anything, there are Graduate Handlers helping each day. Ask them for help if you need something. They will be wearing name tags.

The list will go up on next Wednesday or Thursday. Check back daily!

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