MARC ALAN FISHMAN: How To Succeed In Comics Without Really Trying*

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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6 Responses

  1. Eric Garneau says:

    Nice article, Marc. I find this topic very, very interesting, since I’m by no means a fan of McDaniel and have had some less-than-stellar personal interaction with him as well. Two points.

    1) I wouldn’t definitely say that “McDaniel did nothing wrong.” I appreciate your take that he was just doing what his editor wanted (true), but I think a lot of seasoned writers would take umbrage at being told about “the proper way to write” from someone whose only training was a screenwriting book he read six months ago. No amount of cram-session reading makes up for 20+ years of experience, and Scott is definitely someone who thinks that his self-taught knowledge (or lack thereof) is just as good as actual skill. False.

    2) But more to the point, it is very sad that McDaniel feels the need to “defend” himself in a matter like this, wasting both our time and his, especially since from a business standpoint he was JUST DOING HIS JOB. That alone is justification for his actions. Scott needs to realize that he cannot control what people think of him, and attempts to do so only make him look like a jackass at best and a lunatic at worst. I mean, 41 pages? Dude, is your public image so important to you that you will write FOURTY-ONE pages defending yourself from a crime no one says you committed? If you have so much free time, devote it to charity or something, man.

    And yes, Marc, like you, McDaniel’s name is a guarantee of me not reading a title… not only because I don’t like his art, but because at this point I just can’t stand the guy.

  2. My original draft of this article was 42 pages, but Mike Gold told me to keep it short… since after a while, people stop reading (and caring) when you’re beating a dead horse.

    But to Scott’s defense… I read the bible once, like 6 months ago… and I know I’m a better Christian then him.

  3. Kyle G. says:

    I’m sorry but since this isn’t 40 pages long it isn’t an effective argument.

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    Don’t burn bridges.