I really only have 4. I tried to think of more but each new thing already fit into one of these categories. So okay, here goes:
1) Going off script: Stick to the script whenever possible. If you think you’ve come up a with a better solution to a problem, check in with your writer and/or editor before you do execute it.. There could very well be a reason *your* idea isn’t the best one either.
2) Being a disappearing act: If this is the job you want to do for a living, make yourself available. Answer emails. Pick up the phone. I realize that the majority of us arty types are home-bodies at heart but you have to be willing to talk to your collaborators if you want to get anything accomplished.
3) Missing deadlines: Deadlines are in place for a reason. Turn your stuff in on time, people!! For every day late that your piece of the project is, you’re shaving off a day of work from every person who follows after you. Monthly comics can sometimes be a grind, but if we’re all getting our work in on time it can run like a well-oiled machine. Don’t be the weak link.
And this going along with #2 but— if your deadline is fast approaching and you don’t think you’re going to hit it, don’t be ashamed. Kids get sick, accidents happen… but call your editor and let them know you’re going to be late. I’m sure they’d rather know ahead of time and be able to plan ahead with a fill-in or maybe tweaking the schedule.
4) Doesn’t play well with others : This is a small industry and nobody benefits from jerky behavior. Treat everyone as you would want to be treated. And I do mean *everyone*. You never know who, be they intern, flatter assistant, etc,. could wind up being your boss one day.
I prefer saying “favorite” or “least favorite” as opposed to “best” or “worst.” But anywho:
My favorite single comic book issue of all time is All Star Superman #10. That was the first issue of All Star Superman that I picked up. I love that cover. I love the story with all my heart. That issue means so much to me, and anytime I re-read All Star Superman I have to try not to rush the first 9 issues (which are also amazing) just to get to issue 10. It’s so layered and has just so much soul and life and it doesn’t even have any superhero fights. The stuff with Superman writing his will, and him doing all that stuff to save himself but he ends up saving those children with cancer, and he builds that universe and we track the growth of Earth Q and that whole mini-plot, and the moment with Lois Lane, and the moment on Mars with Leo Quintum, and of course the scene where Superman saves the little girl from killing herself. All of that. Man. Just warms my soul just thinking about that issue. A close second would be All Star Superman #12, which is just this entirely epic conclusion to the entire story, and we get so much awesome stuff like Superman punching Luthor in the face, Superman flying into the sun to save us all, and telling Lois Lane he’ll love her until the end of time. It’s hard to say which is better, but I think 10 earns my favorite position based on just personal connection to it.
I don’t know about least favorite of all time, but I think the most visceral, negative reaction I’ve had towards a comic that I can remember is to Forever Evil #7. I finished it and was just so relieved that I had not read the rest of series and especially glad that I hadn’t spent money on it. If I had purchased it physically I would have literally brought it back to the store. Not only was it just a poorly written comic with a bad story and art that really isn’t to my liking, but it made me feel bad. Like it brought me down. I had started to type up stuff about it that I didn’t like but I really don’t even want to think about it. I want to keep a more positive mindset and I’d rather gush over how great All Star Superman is with moments like Luthor spitting at Superman in jail, and Lois literally putting herself in danger just to talk to Superman, and stuff like that, than rag on how terrible Forever Evil was.