Jeph Loeb was interviewd by the supermanhomepage in 2004, and offered this advice to writers when asked if he had any advice for breaking into the comic business, or into writing in general?
" Keep writing," he advises. "Every day. Write a page. Of something.
Anything. Write what you love, what you know. Stay on it. If it's
comics, get to know the editors. They are the ones who can hire you. Not
other writers. Don't be a snob. Work for anyone. Get to know artists.
Work for free and work up from there. And never, ever let anyone stop
you from your dream."
How long it takes him to script a comic, he revealed, "depends on the
issue, depends on the book. Sometimes they come very quickly -- a few
days. sometimes it takes a few weeks of thinking, taking notes, coming
up with moments and then finally sitting down and doing it. William
Goldman who is one of my heroes and who wrote (among many, many things) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was
asked how long does it take to write a screenplay. He said that he
thought about Butch & The Kid for 13 years and wrote it in seven
days. So. how long did it take him? A LOT of writing is done when you're
That's hard to understand when you 're the writer's wife or girlfriend
or boyfriend. It's hard to explain when you're on the couch for six
hours, counting ceiling tiles that you're actually working. But, my mind
says he always tries to work with an artist on a book. " I always talk
about the story with my artist at the beginning," he revelaed, "so he
knows what he's getting into. I try and keep mind his concerns,
strengths and the things he loves to draw.
"I write a full script -- very detailed description, all the dialogue,
just like a screenplay. But -- and it's a BIG but --I tell the artist
that it's there for him to interpret. I only ask that if they can, try
to follow the pacing -- the rhythm -- of the dialogue, that'd be great.
"Even so, when the artwork comes in, I re-dialogue the work to better
suit the images. Sometimes that's a complete rewrite, sometimes, that's
just putting the balloons on the page.
"I happen to work with brilliant
guys who always astonish me with their work. It really is FUN!"
• Read the whole interview on a number of projects Jeph worked on here: