everyone calls me Paty... join the club!!! BWAHAHAHAHHA
I have no idea of how much training some of these dudes have, quite frankly...I do know that Marvel said it was trying to get writers from other mediums to write for them... but comic book writing is a very speciallized field.
Before I became legally blind, I used to beta read for Laurell K. Hamilton on her Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, as well as her fey series... and I used to urge her to try to adapt the stories to comic format... Eventually she did and she tells me writing comics is a whole different ball of wax than writing prose stories!
she is having fun doing it, though...LOL.. and Marvel, by acquiring the small company she went with, has to honor the terms of their contract with her, so cannot take gross advantage of her while exploiting the fact that she is a NYTimes bestselling author.
It DOES help if you have either printed writing or art credits ... in comic format especially... but other format can help too... and the more copies you have published, the better your chances of being taken seriously in any medium... prose or comic... becomes. It shows you know how to do sequential storylines and tell coherent and interesting stories. If you are an artist, it shows how you storyboard a story... cuz comics are movie storyboards done in magazine format... with a much lower pay scale, too, btw...LOL
so having writing or art credits to your name already gives anyone a toe in the door. but marvel is so horrendously male chauvenistic, don't try it unless you got balls of brass and can give em back harder than you get. A thick hide and a bulldog spirit. I lasted there eight years, and it was easier then than now.. no matter what they say, cuz stan was actually trying to bring in women writers and artists and have ethnic diversity, too...
ain't that way now, from what I can see.
they point at Laurell and say "see? we have women creators..." who happen to OWN their own properties they are allowing ymarvel to print...who are well established writers in their own rights and deign to work for you cuz they are honoring a contract they made with another company you acquired.
they must think we are as blind and as stupid as they are...
yes, I AM opinionated...