An artist submitted a portfolio that was all decent-quality pinups. No sequential pages. Then he caught me on Facebook to discuss it.
ARTIST: I am looking for work at Marvel or DC. Yes, my agent also works for publishers.
ME: You already have an Agent? Then I guess you work with him. When your contract with him expires, contact me.
ARTIST: I can only do any work after that pass through it.
ME: When does your contract expire?
ARTIST: I don’t know yet.
ME: You signed a contract but don’t know when it ends?
ARTIST: I’m gonna stay with them until I get into DC or Marvel.
ME: OK, so it will be a few years then. Who are you drawing sequentials for, right now?
ARTIST: No one at this moment.
ME: OK. So…you don’t have a TRACK RECORD of meeting deadlines to impress Marvel and DC with your dependability. You don’t have a great portfolio RIGHT NOW of amazing sequentials to impress them into even giving you a test script. And the portfolio you DO have is pinups — not covers — and they almost never buy pinups. So, my question is: How do you expect any agent to get you in to Marvel or DC? I’m trying to understand your plan, your thought processes.
ARTIST: OK, man. Thanks.
ME: Oh…I was hoping for an ANSWER, so that I could understand.
ARTIST: Speaks with my Agent, please, he will explain it all better. He will give you all the informations.
….So let me get this straight: He’s already repped by an Agent and has no sequential pages or career dependability to prove his competence, yet he wants to get into Marvel or DC, and plans to leave his current Agency as soon as they get him in to one of those companies. So much for loyalty.
I don’t get it. Could someone explain it to me?