Making comics full time is the dream for a lot of people in the comics industry!
But what does being a full-time cartoonist mean practically? What do you do every day? And can you make enough to live on?
We’re excited to talk to Jen Wang, the creator of the graphic novels Koko Be Good, In Real Life, and The Prince and the Dressmaker, about exactly those things (and all the questions in between). And in addition to her graphic novel work, Jen also does freelance illustration and co-founded and co-runs Comics Arts LA — she has a unique perspective on the industry.
Graphic Novel TK is a podcast about the process of making graphic novels — aimed at authors, artists, and people who are interested in the behind-the-scenes of the publishing business. It’s hosted by Alison Wilgus and Gina Gagliano.
Alison Wilgus is a writer, editor and cartoonist; her comics have been published by First Second, Dark Horse, DC, Del Rey and Nickelodeon Magazine, and she’s currently working on a graphic novel duology with Tor. You can find her online @aliwilgus.
Gina Gagliano is the Publishing Director of Random House Graphic, Random House’s dedicated imprint for comics for kids and teens, and has worked with organizations like the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Toronto Comics Art Festival to coordinate programming and media. You can find her online @_GinaGagliano.