A question I’m often asked at conventions is “How do you break into comics?” I have no idea— the last time I tried it was 1967. But a better question might be: “How do you write a ‘good’ comic?” For that, I have a few ideas.
First, foremost: Read. Read a lot. Don’t just read comics, read books. Lots and lots of books. Always have a book with you and read at every opportunity. Read at lunch, be that weirdo. Read on the bus. On planes. On trains. Don’t read while driving.
Second, vital: Keep reading. Read fiction, read non-fiction, read history, science, economics, more fiction, “literature,” mysteries, science fiction, westerns. Stuff yourself with words. Ideas. Odd facts and bits of legend. Poetry, Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, doggerel.
Third, important: Read comics. More comics than you read now. Comics outside your interests, comics outside your comfort zone, comics you think you’ll hate, old comics, newspaper strips, European comics, manga, romance comics, artsy fartsy comics, westerns, war.
Fourth, finally: Keep reading, never stop, make it the one fixed occupation of your life, your first priority, rescue your library when your house is burning, wander bookstores, buy and keep more books and comics than you’ll ever get to.
That’s how you learn to write “good” comics.

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