For those who have always wanted to work in comics, a few opportunities are out there.
Webtoon is hiring a Comics Editor, YA & Casual Content job, located in Los Angeles.
We are looking for a comics Editor who is a pop culture fanatic with both the creative and logistical chops to source and develop compelling original content aimed primarily at our female, 14-24 audiences. The Editor will be responsible for managing and editing a variety of series sourced from external pitches, as well as series elevated to featured from our Discover platform.
The Editor knows when to get out of the way and when to step in, and is a talented problem-solver who isn’t easily rattled. The ideal candidate will have experience working in digital media in a content role, and have relationships with content creators, writers, and artists who are active in this market, with an understanding of comics production.
Candidates must have a deep knowledge of and passion for ALL types of comics as well as demonstrate an understanding of current content trends on social media and the app marketplace that appeal to a youth market.
Candidates MUST have experience sourcing and managing content, either in print or digital, for a variety of genres and day to day experience working with comic creators, with published work (online or print) available to review.
This position reports to the Head of Content for LINE Webtoon and will work closely with the Webtoon marketing team and other groups across the Webtoon ecosystem. Resumes should include links to work overseen as a credited Editor and a list of published work. This is a full-time position based in our LA office.
Lion Forge is hiring a Managing Editor – the position is now located in their St. Louis office:
The Lion Forge, LLC operates two business divisions: Lion Forge Comics, a consumer product publisher (comprised of three imprints and a branded collection), and Lion Forge Labs, a business to business creative services studio.
Lion Forge Comics creates award‐winning comic books and graphic novels with globally‐recognized licensed properties and on‐trend original concepts. Entering its second year of solo‐branded print publication, Lion Forge Comics will bring approximately 70 titles (single issues, serials, trade paperback collections, and original graphic novels) to market. As an African‐American‐owned company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” we strive to publish titles that reflect the diversity of our world in the characters, the creators, and the Lion Forge team, and to create content that is just as original.
Lion Forge Labs provides creative services for companies and organizations that want to convey content in an interesting way that’s scientifically proven to have a higher retention rate than traditional mediums. Lion Forge Labs works with a variety of nationally‐known entities.
Lion Forge seeks an organized, detail-minded individual to help shape its operations and production capacity by developing and implementing best practices and processes that meet Lion Forge’s needs, and to coordinate a team dedicated to its mission.
If you’re interested in just breaking in and working for next to nothing, Marvel’s summer internship programs are open, and they are hiring in everything from the library to editorial to digital. Here’s the editorial intern requirements:
Interns in Marvel’s editorial department have the opportunity to act as an apprentice on tasks directly related to comic book production. Like most office interns, they perform some clerical duties, such as filing and shredding sensitive documents, but they also format scripts, collect reference and perform research for editors to send to artists and writers, check lettering drafts for corrections, and write recap pages. Those that show interest and diligence are also given opportunities to review colors, review line art for balloon placement, and share their thoughts about scripts.
Editorial interns should be ready to scan papers to pdfs, transcribe notes, or read stories prior to their publication to ensure there are no continuity or spelling errors. The intern is an additional set of eyes for the book to pass under before going to the printer. Time management and task prioritization are also essential since editorial interns work with multiple editors. Interns are responsible for organizing their day and for seeking out places and times when their assistance is needed.
It doesn’t say if these are paid internships or not…but I’d be surprised if they were. However it’s a great way to network, and the ranks of comics pros are filled with former Marvel and DC interns.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.