Marvel Editor-In-Chief Akira Yoshida took to Twitter this week to give aspiring artists advice when contacting an editor to show their work. His advice started out straightforward and innocently enough, as he tweeted under his pseudonym C.B. Cebulski about linking to online galleries.
New Artist Reminder 1: If you're contacting an editor to show your work, it's always best to send your samples in a link to an online gallery for them to review.— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) January 16, 2018
His second piece of advice is that if you have to send files to editors, send small files.
New Artist Reminder 2: If you do send an editor attachments of your pages, NEVER send a file over 500K and NEVER send an e-mail over 4-5MB. Small files are perfectly fine for review. If they like what they see, they'll ask you to send more.— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) January 16, 2018
His third piece of advice is where the magic happens. Akira Yoshida tells artists to "ALWAYS use your real name."
New Artist Reminder 3: Yes, your art should speak for itself, but ALWAYS include a message about who you are, what your artistic background is, and what you're looking to do... pencils, inks, colors etc. And ALWAYS use your real name.— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) January 16, 2018
But if artists use their real names, how can they ever aspire to become Editor-In-Chief? Artists, just create a pseudonym to get around company policy of double dipping as an editor and a creator. It's worked 100% of the time. Sometimes it leads to a promotion. Just ask Yoshida.