But, while we are a catty business, there are many private groups where comics pros share information about the behavior of editors, it’s generally not a very good idea to trash editors in very public forums. Unless you’re really not interested in working. Which may sound a bit strange in this column, since I comment on the comics industry all the time, but policy decisions, creative choices, general trends, these are all fair game for critique. I’d generally hope editors and other talent don’t think there’s anything personal going on, but when you’re deeply involved in something everything about it’s personal on some level, so if they do they do. Start sniping at their fashion sense, children or living partners, medical conditions and like that, and you’re not only asking for trouble, you probably deserve it. Editors talk to each other. Even editors who hate each other – there are more of them that you, and probably they, would think – share war stories, even among companies that hate each other.
The column also offers some good advice on aspiring pros for San Diego and other topics.
SLG editor Jennifer DeGuzman has a different take, although with many edits.