How to Build an Art Portfolio and Pitch to Editors with Pia Guerra, Tom Hutchison, Greg Smith, Laura Neubert, and Margot Atwell

April 20, 2017

This week on the show we have another live episode. This time, it’s an amazing panel I moderated and put together from Emerald City Comicon. The fact that me, as a first-time vendor at the show, was able to book a panel at Emerald City Comicon was pretty amazing, and it was almost entirely due to the amazing panel we were able to put together to talk about building an art portfolio and pitching to an editor, which is the topic of this panel.

This is the description, straight from the Emerald City ComiCon site: Before you can book jobs with publishers, you need to know how to build a portfolio. Once you've built a portfolio, you need to know how to pitch an editor or publisher. This panel combines both steps into one information-packed hour. Learn how to build and pitch your portfolio from pros who have worked in the industry for years.

I went out to find a diverse group of panelist who could hit this from all angles. I brought in writers, artists, publishers, editors, and art directors. Here’s a list of the panelists.

Pia Guerra (artist, Y: The Last Man; @piaguerra on twitter)

Tom Hutchison (publisher, Big Dog Ink; @tjhbigdogink)

Laura Neubert (artist, Artful from Action Labs; @missrosengeist on Twitter)

Greg Smith (co-writer/co-creator, Junior Braves of The Apocalypse from Oni Press; @thatamazingtwit on Instagram)

Margot Atwell (publishing director, Kickstarter; @margotatwell on Twitter)

It was an amazing and diverse panel of experts in every field of hiring and creating art. Two of our guests are returning to the show for this panel. Margot Atwell talked about Kickstarter here and Tom Hutchison discussed building a publishing business here.

I hope you enjoyed this episode. If you did, make sure to find the panelists online and say thanks! If you like this show, please write, review, and subscribe to it on iTunes by clicking here.

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