Comic Book Artists


Overview

Comic Book Artists

Introduction

Comic book artists tell stories through the graphic images they create. They team up with comic book writers, who create the characters, plots, and dialogues for the artists to illustrate. Some comic book artists write and illustrate the comic books themselves. Whereas cartoonists’ work is short form, either a single panel with a caption or several panels with some dialogue, the comic book artists’ work follows a narrative; they create images in sequence to align with a story.

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Median Salary

$49,380

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Internship at a comic book publisher


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Skills

Digital Media


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

The median annual wage for fine artists, which includes comic book artists, was $49,380, in May 2018, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Approximately 10 percent earned less than $20,020 per year, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $97,710 annually. Nearly 60 percent of all fine artists are self-employed. The field of comic books is small and highly competitive, a...

Work Environment

Comic book artists work in art studios in companies’ offices or in their own art studio at home. They may work alone or share studio space with other artists, writers, and creators. Their work space is comfortable for drawing, with sufficient table space for art supplies such as pens, inks, and paints, and for a computer. They often have shelves filled with comic books, art books, and other typ...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for fine artists, including comic book artists, will increase by just 1 percent from 2018 to 2028. The growth of mobile devices and popularity of online content have contributed to the decline in the print publishing industry. Slow growth is predicted the next few years in the publishing industry overall, with demand increasing for e-books.