Every artist aspires to have his or her work recognized. Truth is, only a few really get that opportunity. But now, your days spent hunched over your desk trying to ink your Iron Man fan art won’t be a total waste. And that’s thanks to Marvel’s Creative Day Out held recently at UP Diliman. Marvel invited aspiring comic artists from different universities here to share their work and get tips from the best of the best.
According to Marvel’s executive vice president C.B. Cebulski, there are three elements that make Marvel what it is today: content, character, and community. He mentioned that they make it a point to keep their stories timely and relatable. As much as possible, they create stories set in the real world (a little shade thrown to DC’s Gotham) and based on real characters. This brought me back to my first Marvel comic-reading experience not too long ago when I picked up Miss Marvel for the first time. I saw her story unfold page by page and found myself giggling at familiar problems (i.e., family being strict, unruly friends, boy problems, etc.). Maybe this is the reason why Marvel movies are spectacularly successful at the box office: we gravitate towards content that we can identify with.