Christopher Irving at NYC Graphic has an excellent profile up of comics legend Joe Kubert, featuring photos by Seth Kushner. It covers the artist’s life before he was born up to his current role as an instructor at the Kubert School:
“I explain this to the students: if I’m dealing with a guy who’s working for me, as his editor, I have the last word,” he explains. “As editor, it’s my responsibility to make sure that what’s coming out in that book reflects my ideas. The people who I worked with as editor are those whose ideas coincide with mine, so there’s no conflict, and it’s a matter of sharpening whatever ideas they may have. This school is different. It’s a learning situation as opposed to the professional thing that goes on in the profession itself. There are allowances that have to be made in teaching, where a student is allowed to make mistakes. I think it’s important for a student to be allowed to make mistakes, so he can see where he went wrong and then change his mind. You can’t really do that by telling them: it has to be seen and experienced.
It’s a must read for anyone interested in Kubert or in working in comics. Go check it out.
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