Sunday, September 19, 2010

How About Comic Book Copy Editing?

The other day I was re-arranging things in my room and came across an old comic book of mine. It then occurred to me, being that I am taking this editing class, I wanted to know how these get edited. I looked on the internet, inputting my query into a few different search engines, and came up empty handed. I don't know who copy edits comics, but I assume that the type of editing that occurs is very light due to its creative nature. I also noticed that the language used in comics is sometimes made up. I promise this will be my last inquiry into this subject, but who edits these types of publications?

1 comment:

Pat said...

Like other kinds of publications, comic books have publishers. I found the text below on the Wikipedia page for Marvel Comics, but I'm not sure if it means MC has copyeditors. I'm guessing it has either copyeditors or proofreaders who function in part like copyeditors.

"The Marvel editor-in-chief oversees the largest-scale creative decisions taken within the company. The position evolved sporadically. In the earliest years, the company had a single editor overseeing the entire line. As the company grew, it became increasingly common for individual titles to be overseen separately. The concept of the 'writer-editor' evolved, stemming from when Lee wrote and managed most of the line's output. Overseeing the line in the 1970s was a series of chief editors, though the titles were used intermittently. By the time Jim Shooter took the post in 1978, the position of editor-in-chief was clearly defined.

"In 1994, Marvel briefly abolished the position, replacing Tom DeFalco with five 'group editors', though each held the title 'editor-in-chief' and had some editors underneath them. It reinstated the overall editor-in-chief position in 1995, installing Bob Harras. Joe Quesada became editor-in-chief in 2000, and holds the position to this day."