Comic Book Publishers

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Comic book publishers produce and release comic books to consumers. The job entails a variety of tasks, which may include securing artists and negotiating contracts for the books, editing the material, funding the projects, printing the books, and marketing and distributing the books. Comic book publishers often work with characters and stories owned by their company or licensed from another company. Comic book publishing companies range from small, independent groups to mid-size companies such as Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, and Boom!, to the large, long-established companies like Marvel and DC Comics. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Graphic Novel Publishers
Duties Evaluate comic book artists' and writers' work; secure comic book creators and manuscripts and negotiate contracts; manage publishing company staff; oversee book production process; select printers and distributors and agree to work terms; write promotional content for books or oversee public relations or marketing department or agency; use computer to review books, artists' and writers' materials and portfolios, and email with staff, creators, etc.
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Most opportunities for comic book publishers exist in major urban areas such as New York and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • English
Experience Five to ten years experience
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Comic Book Publisher
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor or Artist
  • Intern

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