Hey Jared, I'm a graphic designer and avid comic reader. I know I've come across alot of your work. How exactly did you get into designing mastheads for comics?
It’s that old saying about when preparation meets opportunity. Right after I left my staff job at DC Comics, I reached out to some people at Wildstorm about doing manga logos for the CMX line. I showed them a portfolio of title treatments I had done on staff and some sample logos I had put together on my own. I really enjoyed the work and working with that crew. They took a chance on me and even though the work didn’t pay much I knew I had to start somewhere. After that I did a handful of Wildstorm miniseries logos but most that never saw the light of day since the books were never published. But I built up a bit of a small body of diverse work by that point. Nick Lowe in the X-Men office took reached out to me and gave me a shot with some high profile gigs which has lead to other work.
To sum it up, I found and opening, reached out to some smart people, and I kept pushing forward and built up a body of work that I am still adding to. One job leads to another. I think having a good reputation as someone who works hard and is dependable goes just as far as having that body of work to point to. People don’t want to take a chance on someone with no hustle.
When I had Joe Kubert for a teacher he told us how everyone’s story about how they broke into comics is different. But once you’re in the game, it’s up to you how far you want to take it. Good luck with yours.