MICHAEL DAVIS: The Art of the Deal
That line has nothing to do with this column. I just love starting a piece with “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” I mean how cool is that?
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
I started to look at comics differently. Up until that moment, comics were just a great vice in my life. Sure, I wanted to work in comics. Sure I loved comics but until that moment, comics to me were a simple, can’t do without, pleasure.
But… One day I was sitting in my study…what? yes, I had a study! That’s where I went to… study. So, one day I was sitting in my study when a bat smashed through my floor to ceiling window. At that moment I knew my path. My path was clear… That freakin’ bat must die!
Have you any idea how much a floor to ceiling window costs? A lot!
The bat was bouncing off my very expensive walls! Hey! When you see this shit in the movies and by this shit I mean people chasing a bat, rat, bird or whatever around their house, it’s all bullshit. In the movies the point is to get rid of the nuisance and provide comedy relief. The reality? It’s about killing the nuisance and avoiding bat blood on the walls of your Manhattan loft. After securing the bat, I started to…
Oh, you want to know what happened to the bat? Look, PeTA would be up my ass if I wrote what happened to that bat. I really don’t need to hear from those people so I’ll just say this, my .38 is missing a bullet and replacing a door is not that hard.
However, none of that is important. What is important is, at the very moment when my bat problem was over I realized that comics were not just a way to spend another lonely night after masturbating.
What? Oh, like you don’t!
At that moment I stuck upon an idea.
The Art Of The Deal.
To put it another way, a step-by-step overview of a comic book deal.
So… starting next week I’m going to share with you in detail the inner working of one of my comic book deals. From idea to printed graphic novel.
I’ll use an existing but not yet finished deal from start to finish so if it goes south you will know why.
So fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a realistic ride.
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