By Todd Allen
Do you REALLY want to work in comics? Have a got a deal for you. There’s a job posted over at eLance (a portal where you bid on jobs, lowest bidder frequently winning) that gets you into digital comics production:
Hi, we’re a comic book publisher (www.smartercomics.com) and need help with formatting our comics for iPhone Apps.
Each comic with 60 pages needs to be cut into panels for reading the comic on the iPhone.
Attached are the exact guidelines.
Bids are currently running between $115-$99 for the gig.
All you’re really doing is going into Photoshop and cutting out panels that fit into the dimensions of an iPhone screen. It isn’t particularly a particularly difficult thing to do. Many moons ago, I did something similar for Marvel’s Daredevil movie adaption dotComic. There’s a little art clean-up involved with this (deleting bits of extra panels if the borders aren’t squared off), so I’m guessing you’re probably looking at 5-6 hours per 60 pages if you’re moderately familiar with photoshop, depending on exactly how much clean-up is needed.
It’s not exciting work. It’s not going to be a cash cow, especially if you’re slow. But it’s a comics job.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.