Jessica Rossana | Zenescope Editor
Zenescope Entertainment: I would consider editors to be unsung heroes of the comic industry, much like colorists or letterers. I also feel like the position is often misunderstood. Can you explain your responsibilities as an editor?
Jessica Rossana: Sure! I basically oversee all parts of a book from the very beginning up until print. I edit the final script for grammar and spelling, then send it to the art team. Then I’m looking at every page of art, colors, and letters to check for errors, continuity, whether it follows the script, that sort of thing. Being an editor is great because I get to work with art teams from all over the world. And we have such insanely talented artists.
ZE: I usually ask music-related questions, and I know you’re big into theater. So instead of a list of favorite bands, what are your top 3 musicals?
JR: Such an unfair question! If I had to choose, I would have to say Les Mis, Wicked, and Hamilton.
ZE: If you could only listen to one soundtrack from a Disney movie for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
JR: You mean I can’t pick all of them? Honestly, the Hunchback of Notre Dame is the most underrated Disney soundtrack ever.
ZE: What has been your favorite book to edit at Zenescope and why?
JR: There have been so many good ones! But I absolutely love anything with Robyn Hood. She is just such a badass character, and I’ve been lucky to work with amazing writers and art teams to bring her story to life. Every story arc gives us a new aspect of Robyn’s personality to explore, she’s always evolving.
ZE: If you could give advice to anyone who wants to break into the comics industry as an editor, what would you say to them?
JR: Persistence is key, regardless of which aspect of the comics industry you are trying to break into. Do your own projects on the side, show off your portfolio. Meet other artists, writers, letterers, and editors who care about comics as much as you do. Collaborate. Anything you can do to immerse yourself in comics and the culture will be beneficial.
ZE: I believe I heard you say before that you’re a tea snob, can you tell us your top 3 favorite teas?
JR: Haha. I prefer “tea aficionado who makes tea properly.” But the answers are Lady Grey, Chai, and Cinnamon Apple Tea.
ZE: You hum and sing sometimes around the office (quite nicely I might add), do you have any go-to songs when singing?
JR: Show tunes. All of them. I do community theatre when time allows and karaoke with friends whenever I can. I think I sing as much as I talk! I’m more often than not just singing the most recent song that’s popped in my head, show tune or not!
ZE: If you could be the lead in any play, what would it be and why?
JR: I need to play Glinda from Wicked at least once. That’s the dream.
ZE: Graphic novels or novel novels?
JR: Both!! I’m always setting personal reading goals for myself, so I usually have two of three books on my “currently reading” list at a time. Typically a novel, a graphic novel, and an audiobook. I like the balance I get from reading a novel and a graphic novel. They’re different mindsets to me, but both are great in their own ways.
ZE: What is the best Harry Potter book?
JR: This is the most unfair question of all, how could you? This is an unpopular opinion, but it’s Order of the Phoenix.