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  • Into the ‘Voortex

    I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to clear up misconceptions about how editors and writers and artists actually work together and how projects at Marvel come about, when all most people need to do is read Tom Brevoort’s blog. Here’s a good recent piece with Tom over at CBR that explains the landscape really well, I’m just going to start sending people to it, like right now.

    The problem is, if you pop into a forum and objectively explain the process, everyone virtual-nods and seems to digest what you’ve said, and then immediately default back to a fantasy version of how it works. Again, I’m only going to drop Brevoort links from now on, and send them all into what I like to call THE VOORTEX.

    Comments

    Comment from Butch
    Time: September 24, 2008, 7:13 am

    Brevoort’s job must be maddening. I always though he was just a “macro” guy, but apparently he still does some hands-on editing, even on books that aren’t “under” him! Add to that his meetings and email correspondence… man!

    Jeff, what’s it like at Marvel’s Offices? Are all the editors just running around all over the place? Or is it nice and quiet?

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 24, 2008, 8:57 am

    Brevoort somehow reads scripts that I can’t figure out how he makes time for, and gets notes back fast. I don’t always agree, but he does not delay the process at all! How he then makes time to do that Marvel Blog mystifies me, somewhere Time is being bent.

    Marvel’s offices are a bustling place, with editors, assistants and interns rushing around and constantly poking into each other’s offices to clear things, line up schedules, and so on. You can review art pages with all that going on (if you’ve developed focus) but it’s hard to read scripts there; I think many editors do that on the train or at home.

    The last time I was there I met Flo Steinberg!

    Comment from Butch
    Time: September 24, 2008, 9:14 pm

    Interesting that editors do work out of the office. In some ways they’re like creators, always working around the clock, in some way or another.

    Ha, Flo was probably the poster child of a busy editor. I guess you’d have to be slightly nuts to keep up with Stan. Nice to know she’s still up and about!