The Powergirl herself stops by InvestComics™. The Pro artist Amanda Conner does 10 For The Pros™…
10 For The Pros™
Amanda Conner – Artist/Writer
Amanda Conner started out in comics working on small projects for Marvel and Archie. She had been working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies Kornhauser and Calene and Kidvertisers. She worked on a number of launches and campaigns such as Arm & Hammer, PlaySchool and Nickelodeon, to name a few.
Amanda Conner did some modeling/art reference work for Marvel mini-series “Elektra: Assassin” in the 1980’s and for Joe Jusko with “Punisher/Painkiller Jane” in 2000 (published in 2001).
Amanda has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as “Lois Lane”, “Codename: Knockout”, and “Birds of Prey” for D.C. Comics Vertigo line, “X-Men Unlimited” for Marvel, co-created “Gatecrasher” for BlackBull Comics, and “The Pro”, a creator owned book for Image Comics with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis. Amanda currently works on DC’s Powergirl.
1. What are you working on (creatively) right now?
Right now the only thing I’m working on Is PowerGirl. Doing a monthly title is a bit
of a challenge for me, so She takes up almost all my time. I hardly even have enough
time for Jimmy!
2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?
Definitely the same powers as Triplicate Girl. It used to be flying when I was
little, but now it’s definitely multiple me’s. I would love to have one of me be
able to get all my work done,
one of me to do all the domestic crap I gotta do, and maybe take some classes to
boot, and the other me could go out and play and have fun and visit family and
and I could all come back together and have a shared consciousness, so none of me
would feel like I was missing out.
3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?
Wake up. Bathroom. Coffee. Work. Feel Hungry. Cereal with Jimmy. Work work work. Turn on judge shows while working ’cause I can just listen to them instead of watching them
while working. Bathroom again. Work work. Feel guilty for having too much TV while working and contemplate getting a radio. Feel hungry at approximately Judge Joe
Brown. Eat cold pizza.
Work work work. This goes on well into hunger at approximately Law & Order, or when
Jimmy comes into my studio yelling “FOOD”. Dinner with Jimmy and “Big Bang
and back to work work work.
4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?
Jimmy Palmiotti. He not only gives me scripts that I love, but he makes sure I get
fed and occasionally gets me away from the TV.
5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good
job with the Comic Book movies?
Yes! It didn’t always, but now it’s getting way better! I remember when most of the
time movies that were made from comics weren’t always so hot. It could be that the
studios didn’t take them
seriously and wouldn’t put any money into them, or maybe the people making them may
have thought it’s just a comic book property and treated it with disdain. But now
there are all these people in
Hollywood who grew up loving comic books, and have a tremendous amount of respect
for them, and are for the most part, making really good movies. Generally, I’ve
noticed that the more the studio
respects the source material, the better the movie is. When they start saying “Oh,
well, it works for comics, but I think it needs to be re-imagined for the big
screen” is when things start going bad.
Why mess with a good thing?
6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?
PowerGirl. And The Pro. Not necessarily together. Well, maybe…
7. Which part of your job do you find most stressful?
Interruptions. And erasing.
8. What advice could you give for a creator trying to break into the industry?
Be persistent and don’t let people discourage you. If you’re really talented, and
you can get work done, there’s probably a place for you. And if you suck? There may
even be a market for that, too.
9. “My best Investment in life was…….”
Knowing when to let Jimmy handle business stuff. And this new chair I got.
10. Have anything you’d like to plug?
Just please keep reading and enjoying PowerGirl! And then some creator owned stuff
we’ve got planned in the not-too-distant future.
Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?
Chuck Jones, Al Capp, Frank Miller, Wendy Pini and my parents.
Digital or Paper?
NOTE: Just announced at Orlando MegaCon March 12th 2010 at the DC panel, Amanda will NO longer be penciling Powergirl as of issue #12. Amanda said she is persuing a self created project right now and NOT opposed to doing mini series’ on Powergirl.