The advantage of making this a monthlong thing is that I don’t have to figure out know how to write a proper “day in the life” post. I see them when other people do them, and I’m always awed. They seem to be so organized, having a time of day when they do things. I get that it’s just that day and not everyday, but their reporting just always makes so much sense. Noting the exact time of day at which you goof off makes even that look like a productive use of time.
My day to day existence at Dark Horse is pretty different depending on which of the editors I work with is in or out of the office, whether it’s the time of the week when most of the meetings are, the time of the month when solicitation copy needs writing, which projects have deadlines coming up, etc. Today, editor Dave Marshall is out of the office on business, so I’m on call to handle approvals to our various licensors and process artwork that’s come in by ftp (almost none of the books I work on involve actual art boards coming in the mail—I think currently Stan Sakai and Gilbert Hernandez are the only artists I’m working with whose art we have in-house). Normally I’m in between 8:30 and 9, but this morning I get in at 8 to get a jump on the e-mails that came in over the weekend and while I was out Friday. I have about 75, which isn’t terrible.
Some Conan pencils and layouts have come in. The pencils go to the licensor for approval, and I make notes on the layouts to send back to the artist. We’re rushing to finalize the last digital issue of Dragon Age, so I send the lettered and colored pages to the licensor and convey some notes from them to colorist Michael Atiyeh. I also submit some character designs for approval. A few pages of pencils have come in for another video game tie-in (one I can’t remember if we’ve announced, so for our purposes it doesn’t have a name), and I submit those as well. I also voucher for all the pages that have come in. This is the freelancers I work with’s favorite part of my job.