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The Career After Comics

In the past few weeks we’ve lost two legendary creators from the Golden Age of comics, Jerry Robinson at age 89 and Joe Simon at 98. Robinson co-created Batman’s nemesis The Joker, and Simon co-created Captain America and dozens of other characters and even comics genres.

Both men were visionaries whose influence spread far beyond the comic book page. While there is much to learn from a study of either man’s comics work, I believe that a young creator may learn more about how to manage a comics career by studying their lives outside of comics. The reality is that very few artists, writers, or editors — even the most influential creators — actually spend their entire working life creating comic books. Many comic book writers and artists work in the industry for less than a decade.

Both Robinson and Simon found other ventures and distinguished themselves in art, publishing, and support for creators. If you’re a young, aspiring professional, what is your game plan? What will you second career be?

Here’s an excerpt of Joe Simon being interviewed by Mark Evanier at the 1998 San Diego Comicon.

Comics legend Jack Kamen dies at 88

Mark Evanier reports on his blog that Jack Kamen died on Tuesday, August 5th. Kamen was one of the stable of great artists who worked for EC Comics in its heyday of the early 1950’s In addition to his work in comics, which included many romance comics, he also had a career in advertising art. Among his survivors is his son Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway human transporter.

Read more about Jack Kamen on Wikipedia and ComicBookDB.com.

Artist, Publisher Michael Turner dies at 37

Michael Turner died Friday June 27 after a long battle with cancer. He was 37-years-old. Turner first achieved fame drawing Witchblade. In addition he drew comics and covers for titles including Supergirl, Civil War, Black Panther, and Fantastic Four. He self-published creator-owned titles Soulfire and Fathom through his Aspen Comics imprint. 

Aspen Comics has suggested that charitable donations in his name be directed toward the American Cancer Society or The Make-A-Wish Foundation