Retweeting some of my own posts as everyone else seems to be doing it too. :) Edited and expanded a bit here though to clarify and correct my shitty Twitter spelling and grammar...
Talked with a writer today who's been getting some buzz in the indy world & trying to break into the Big Two (Marvel & DC Comics). Thought I'd share a little.
One critical "x-factor" that rarely comes up when talking about breaking in (to comics) but is extremely important is personality.
It's of the utmost importance, especially for writers, that you're able to get along with your editor, mainly, but also with other creators.
Comics is a very collaborative medium. Especially with the Big Two, where we're all playing in a shared universe with numerous characters.
Editors talk to their writers in great detail, often several times a week, and they need to have an instant bond and shared sense of trust.
An editor has to feel comfortable when hiring a writer, no matter how good he or she is, and know they're going to get along....
...both professionally AND personally. Proving you're going to be easy to work with is almost as important as turning in a great pitch.