GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB: MARVELS’ Kurt Busiek on finishing things

“The company does not have your best interests at heart.”


The Beat is a proud sponsor of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs, which bring comics fans a curated mix of the best of new release graphic novels and conversations with the creators who make them. Each month, the staff of Comix Experience votes on three sets of upcoming books they are most excited about—one gets presented to adults, another to middle readers, and the third is a classic. Each club provides swag like original signed custom bookplates for adults or buttons and magnets for the kids (in this case, the former, to support the featured Comics Masterpiece book, Marvels).

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Most excitingly, the Graphic Novel Clubs bring in the creators of selected books to talk exclusively to GNC members in interviews conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs, who brings 30 years of experience in comics to the table. These talks are livestreamed to members all over the country and are a fun and informative mix of conversation on craft and form, as well as on the business of making comics. The Graphic Novel Clubs make a point of being inclusive, inviting creators from a wide variety of age, race, sex, and cultural perspectives to speak to members.

Membership is what propels these conversations, so if you like what you see, please support these discussions of comics, and the creators who make them, by joining the club.

Today: In this episode, Brian Hibbs talks to prolific comics writer, Kurt Busiek about one of his many claims to fame, Marvels. Busiek gives aspiring creators two pieces of advice. The first: finish things. Get practice doing an ending, even if it means it’s not good. The second: remember you’re trying to supply the needs on the person on the other side of the desk. In other words, look where new talent is breaking in and understand what sells.