Mike Deodata had a really great quote the other day that I wanted to share with everyone.
I got an email from a young comic artist wanabee who wanted to know how old I was when I started working at Marvel, so that he could have an idea how long it would take for him to break in, as well. He was feeling already too old. He’s nineteen.
I told him that age doesn’t matter.
One of the worst artists I know of started at Marvel when he was 20.
One of the best artists I know of — Hal Foster — started his immortal creation, Prince Valiant, when he was 40.
You can start at Marvel at 20 and be a zero. You can start at 40, never work for Marvel and yet be a genius.
Age doesn’t matter. Talent does.
Now watch as Mike cranks out a Wolverine sketch.