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Comic book artists are big in Hollywood

The Heat Vision blog (part of Hollywood Reporter) notes that comic book artists are becoming a hit in Hollywood.

Not that Hollywood is likely to resist. It already has succumbed to such waves of outsiders as commercials directors and music video helmers, and comic artists bring a lot of the same visual flair. But they bring something else that could distinguish them: a focus on plot and character development.

Canadian artist Kaare Andrews — in postproduction on the indie horror feature “Altitude,” which is likely to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — puts it best.

“You’ve seen the commercial guys go into directing, you’ve seen music videos guys go into directing; now you’re going to see comic writers and artists,” he predicts. “I think that the one thing we have the others don’t is the sense of storytelling.”

It also doesn’t hurt that Hollywood CG technology can actually create believable unbelievable action scenes.

Community Comments

#1 Jules Rivera
February/12/2010
@ 10:14 am

This article isn’t terribly clear about what function a comic artist would serve in Hollywood. Do they mean directors, art directors, storyboard artists or what?

If they mean directors, I hold out little hope for that. I’ve seen The Spirit.

#2 Nelson Dewey
February/14/2010
@ 12:39 pm

I’ve done storyboards on a number of features (including CG animated) as well as TV, games, and commercials.
I really believe my comic book background (writing and drawing) was helped me do a better job — but I can’t think of any job I got because of that background.
As much as I’d like to expand into directing, I don’t think drawing and writing comics provides quite the same experience as actually directing (commercials, music videos) does. There’s a lot more to it than than just yelling ‘Action” and ‘Cut!’.

#3 Nelson Dewey
February/14/2010
@ 12:42 pm

I’ve done storyboards on a number of features (including CG animated) as well as TV, games, and commercials.
I really believe my comic book background (writing and drawing) has helped me do a better job — but I can’t think of any job I got because of that background.
As much as I’d like to expand into directing, I don’t think drawing and writing comics provides quite the same experience as actually directing (commercials, music videos) does. There’s a lot more to it than than just yelling ‘Action” and ‘Cut!’.

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