The art and business of comics

by Artist Development Fellow

Kayla Escobedo '12, a Visual and Environmental Studies concentrator who aspires to work in the comics publishing industry, was awarded a 2010 Artist Development Fellowship (ADF). Administered by the OFA and Office of Career Services, and made possible with funding from the Office of the President at Harvard University, the ADF program supports the artistic development of students who demonstrate unusual accomplishment and/or evidence of significant artistic promise. This summer the Fellowship made possible Kayla's internship with Dan Nadel, director and founder of PictureBox, Inc., a prominent comics publishing company in New York. Her blog post is the first in a series submitted by 2010 ADF recipients.

Working at PictureBox Inc. is the job of my dreams. I work alongside the creator and director, Dan Nadel, researching information and artworks for upcoming publications. Through my relationship with Dan (who publishes many of the "greats"), I have met some of my heroes of the comics world by attending signings, readings, and openings.

By frequenting the comic shops of Manhattan, I have befriended comics enthusiasts who have helped guide me through the world of self-publishing mini-comics, which I am currently in the process of producing. By self-publishing my comics, I am both building up the work that will be in my graphic novel and learning the ins and outs of publishing.

As a comics artist, this experence is crucial to my development and growth. Thanks to the Fellowship, I can afford to live in this bustling city, and afford to produce and distribute my work.

[Caption: Kayla Escobedo '12]

[Caption: "Monty Comix" by Kayla Escobedo]