Wednesday September 16, 2009 3:30 am
Comic Book Jobs: Who’s Hiring? Viz And Not Viz!
Over in the city by the bay (that’s San Francisco for you rubes in the audience), Viz Media (publisher of Shonen Jump, Naruto and a whole lot more) is looking for a Bilingual Japanese/English Collateral Coordinator. That sounds like a job you get at a bank your first year out of college, but it’s much better than that.
It’s an opportunity to join Viz’s Sales & Product Marketing team. If you know your manga, can fluently read/write/and speak in both English and Japanese, can translate, and have some graphic design experience, there’s an English/Japanese desk with your name on it.
Lots of duties come with the new job including logistics, timelines, tracking and trafficking. Some of them—like drafting promotional copy and working with licensors in Japan sound like high points indeed. As does the part about occasional travel, both domestic and international. Wonder where they’ll send you…
Of course, there are some minimal physical requirements: you must be able to: “lift and carry materials weighing up to 20 pounds, kneeling, bending. Approximately 70 percent of time spent on the job involves use of a video display terminal. Must be able to sit for extended periods and to utilize standard ergonomics practices.” So, probably not for the average Justice League fan.
At the other end of the spectrum, there’s a secret job opportunity floating around on Craigslist. An unnamed comic book company in Los Angeles (are there really that many that you can’t guess?) is looking for an entry level full time assistant for their editorial department. You know the drill. Interesting factoid: they want to know why you love comic books and “what comic book you have most recently purchased.” (That’s easy. For me it was a Muppet Show comic from Boom! Studios).
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