I’ve never been in any “leadership positions” in any of my jobs thus far, save for the occasional minion or two that got tossed my way. Thus, being “in charge” (big finger quotes there, I’m just the writer) of our first project at First Storm Manga is a new experience for me.
One thing I learned quickly is that artists are a lot like programmers. We are touchy-feel-y people, prone to being easily distracted, and believe that we are special because what we can do something that not anybody can.
Oh yeah, we can also be jerks…especially that jerky-jerk AUSTIN!
In the workplace, programmer ire is generally directed at management (for example, Dilbert). I am rapidly learning that artist ire tends to be directed at writers such as myself. It also doesn’t help that I am out-numbered.
I am the only person at First Storm Manga (so far!) that does not draw, I could call myself a “pure writer” with an exaggerated air of self-importance if I wanted to sound like an arrogant jerk. I was puzzled for awhile as to why I was getting all the writer-hate from the other guys. Actually, “writer-hate” is a bit strong, it was actually more like “treat the writer like a red-headed stepchild.”
After awhile, though, I figured it out: when doing a manga (or comic), the art is done first, and then the words are slapped on top of it. Thus, the more words I come up with, the more the art is covered up! So, yeah, I guess they have a point. I suppose the occasional barb or two is a small price to pay for seeing a “pure writer’s” story come to life in pictures, though. *smug*
They’re still jerks, though.