Zenescope Entertainment is Offering Internships

Please feel free to read the internships currently being offered at our Horsham, PA headquarters. Resumes and portfolios for internships should be sent to: jkoch@zenescope.com

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Design Internship
The Design Internship is a fast paced, exciting position as our team and business continue to grow. Candidates should be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and possess a strong desire to learn new skills and take on extra responsibilities. The Design Intern will report to the Senior Designer/Production Manager.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Hands on experience in creating Zenescope’s monthly ad in Diamond Previews for all upcoming products and titles.
  • Assisting the design team in production of Zenescope hottest comics, graphic novels, and merchandise.
  • Working with the sales and marketing teams in creating content for the web, newsletters, and presentations.
  • Special projects assigned by Senior design staff, i.e flyers, convention materials, catalogues

What You Will Learn:

  • Learn the ins and outs of the comic industry from the book production process to the final product.
  • Learn how logo, type, and branding work in conjunction with comic and illlustrative art.
  • Typographic layout skills
  • Become fully proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
  • How to effectively hit deadlines.

What We Require:

  • Majoring in Graphic Design, Illustration, or Print making or related field
    • A sense of humor.
    • Have experience of working under tight deadlines
    • Have patience, persistence, great attention to detail
    • Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office.
    • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
    • Be able to work independently or as part of a group.
    • Creative and Flexible.
  • Have some some knowledge of :
    • Acrobat
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • and Presentation software
    • Experience in layout basic copy in catalogs, ads, sourcebooks, draft presentations, calendars…etc.
    • Have a high level of literacy and accuracy and the ability to handle a busy workload at all times.

Rewards And Compensation:

  • College credits and recommendations
  • Free Comic Books!
  • Possibility for employment when internship ends

We value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. You will become extremely knowledgeable in online communication, publishing comic books and graphic novels and understanding of the right tactics to combine online marketing with overarching outreach goals in a professional setting.

All applicants must understand and comply with the following:

• All internships are non-paid.

• Must be currently enrolled at an accredited institution and be able to show that they will receive academic credit for the internship. A letter from your advisor stating that you will get credit for the program is sufficient.

• All internships take place at the Zenescope offices in Horsham, PA.

• No daily travel or housing expenses will be covered.

• All applicants must be 18 years of age or older

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Marketing Internship
The Marketing Internship is a fast paced, exciting position as our team and business continue to grow. Candidates should be highly organized, capable of multi-tasking, and possess a strong desire to learn new skills and take on extra responsibilities. The Marketing Intern will report to the Director of Marketing.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Collaborating with senior staff in the planning, execution and optimization of campaigns and Comic conventions to deliver large volumes of high-potential leads
  • Assist senior staff in planning, promoting, organizing and staffing of comic conventions.
  • Marketing analytics research and optimization.
  • Providing assistance in online media channel activities, including social media initiatives, monitoring digital activity, email, display marketing and e-commerce
  • Contributing innovative ideas for strong & creative marketing campaigns

What You Will Learn:

  • How to create a long term social media plan and marketing calendar.
  • Marketing for production and publishing large volumes of comic books and graphic novels
  • Relationship building with our online community by maintaining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other media accounts.
  • How to track social media analytics and report results and new ideas to our marketing team.
  • Assisting in create compelling content that will be shared by influencers.
  • Creative feedback and viral loops between our Facebook Page, twitter, and other accounts.
  • Assist our Marketing team in organizing, planning and marketing of comic conventions.
  • Booking travel arrangements
  • Direct to retail, direct to consumer sales processes
  • Marketing to retailers as well as consumers
  • The publishing process for comic books and graphic novels

What We Require:

  • Majoring in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Creative Writing, or related field
  • A sense of humor.
  • Have experience of working under tight deadlines.
  • Have patience, persistence, great people skills, and excellent writing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office.
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Be able to work independently or as part of a group.
  • Creative and Flexible.
  • Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train.
  • Have some experience of online marketing, online PR and/or publishing.
  • Be a well-organized, high achiever with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Have a high level of literacy and accuracy, with excellent attention to detail and the ability to handle a busy workload at all times.

Rewards And Compensation:

  • College credits and recommendations
  • Possible travel opportunities to Comic Conventions across the United States
  • Possibility for employment when internship ends
  • Free Comic books!

All applicants must understand and comply with the following:

• All internships are non-paid.

• Must be currently enrolled at an accredited institution and be able to show that they will receive academic credit for the internship. A letter from your advisor stating that you will get credit for the program is sufficient.

• All internships take place at the Zenescope offices in Horsham, PA.

• No daily travel or housing expenses will be covered.

• All applicants must be 18 years of age or older

We value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. You will become extremely knowledgeable in online communication, publishing comic books and graphic novels and understanding of the right tactics to combine online marketing with overarching outreach goals in a professional setting.

 

Wizard World Sacramento 2014

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ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR WIZARD WORLD SACRAMENTO 2014 

Zenescope Entertainment has announced its plans for Wizard World Sacramento 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center from March 7th through the 9th.  The company will be exhibiting at the show at Booth #605. There will be a limited edition exclusive available at the show; GFT Code Red #4 – Cover E – Artwork by Michael Dooney and is limited to 350 copies. Inside these exclusives is a coupon for the chance to win a print of the cover of this exclusive.

The company will also be holding the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated panel on Saturday March 8th at 5:00pm in panel room 104. The panel will feature Zenescope’s Editor and writer Pat Shand as the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated pilot is screened followed by a question and answer with Pat Shand himself.  He will also be available at the Zenescope booth the entire weekend for signings.

Zenescope Entertainment will also continue the countdown to the landmark 100th issue of the company’s flagship hit title, GRIMM FAIRY TALES.

For more information about the exclusives, signing schedule, or even anything else regarding Zenescope’s plans at Wizard World Sacramento, be sure to check the official Zenescope blog, or follow the updates on the Zenescope Facebook page, or Twitter feed by searching #ZeneWWSac2014.

 

Interview with ANTHONY SPAY

Listen to the interview here: ANTHONY SPAY on MORE LIKE RADIO

Our very own Art Director/Artist Anthony Spay gives a personal interview with Michael Falcone of More Like Radio. He lets us in on his life growing up, playing the viola, some of his musical tastes, football and of course… comic books.

Anthony lets you in on what he’s reading, breaking into comics, giving critiques and where ideas come from for exclusives.

He also gives a little insight into the thought process of writing Grimm Fairy Tales and leaks a little information on the upcoming Grimm Fairy Tales 100, and much more.

Follow Anthony on Twitter: @anthonybspay
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Listen to the interview here: ANTHONY SPAY on MORE LIKE RADIO

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Behind the Scenes with Pat Shand: ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1

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Featuring Robyn Hood: Legend #1

Hey guys. Pat Shand here. A lot of you have been asking for some behind the scenes looks at what we do at Zenescope, so I figured it’s about time to bring that to you. I work as staff writer and editor for the company, so I get to witness the crazy cool weirdness that is the creation of a comic book.

Since ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1 is coming out next month, I figured now would be a great time to give you a teaser for that series, while also showing what goes into the creation of a page.

First, we start with a story outline. What we at Zenescope usually do is write anywhere from a page to a page and a half detailing what happens in any given issue. That is one thing I’m not going to show here, though. Spoilers!

Next step is the script. Personally, I write in the full script method. I know some folks use the “Marvel method” that Stan Lee popularized – I was recently listening to an excellent podcast that Kieron Gillen conducted with Matt Fraction and David Aja, the creative team on Marvel’s Hawkeye. Those two are operating under a somewhat tweaked version of the Marvel method, where a writer will give a loose outline of a page that the artist then breaks down into panels. After that, the writer will add dialogue. For me, though, as a writer and as an editor, I prefer laying out the entire page for the artist.

 

Here’s my scripted page for ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1:

Page Five

Panel 1. Back in the cab. Robyn tosses the cabbie a fat stack of hundreds.

1 ROBYN:
Take the rest of the night off.

2 CABBIE:
I… This is…

Panel 2. Exterior shot. The cabbie stands outside of his cab, waving to Robyn as she walks AWAY from him, toward her apartment, the same one we saw in the GFT HOLIDAY EDITION 2013.

3 CABBIE:
Thank you, miss! THANK YOU!

4 CAP (ROBYN):
Long day. Ate too much. Helped that guy out. Saved some idiot from getting killed. Shot some lowlifes in the knees, which is always fun.

Panel 3. Robyn throws the briefcase on her couch like it means nothing to her.

6 CAP (ROBYN):
Got a payday in the process.

Panel 4. Robyn pulls on her shorts for bed. She is wearing a ratty old t-shirt.

7 CAP (ROBYN):

I’m doing good. Maybe even making a difference. All in a day’s work.

Panel 5. Robyn climbs into bed, looking disturbed.

8 CAP (ROBYN):
Maybe, someday, it will make me feel better about what happened. Make me feel… something.

9 CAP (ROBYN):
Someday…

Now, here’s the thing about this script. Larry Watts, the artist on Robyn Hood, and I have been collaborating together for years, so I know his style. My panel descriptions are loose, and I tell him as often as I can that he can do with them what he likes. He’s made changes before for pacing, focus, and style, and I always defer to him because I trust his visual storytelling.

 

Here’s Larry’s page.

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Many artists start with a layout phase. Larry does, too, but since he works on pages in bunches, instead of having true layouts, he’ll submit a page of penciled work. He always has pages in various stages of completion, so when he’ll e-mail me work, I’ll see some pages completely inked for the first time, like the page above, while others will be partially inked or just penciled.

After Larry’s work is in and approved, we get the colorist on board. The new ROBYN HOOD series colorist debuted with us on this month’s AGE OF DARKNESS one-shot. His name is Slamet Mujiono, and once we saw his color work over Larry’s lines, we knew they were a match that we’d strive to keep together.

Here’s Slamet’s colors for the page:

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Slamet’s color work here accentuates the realistic, subtle acting that Larry is doing with Robyn, while also adding a very specific tone with his use of blues. A great colorist will tell a story along with the writer and the artist, and that is very much what Slamet does on this book.

Finally, we’ve got the letters. Jim Campbell is our go-to letterer at Zenescope, and that’s because he always does a damn good job. We ask a lot of Jim, and he always delivers, making the scripts better, influencing the voices of the characters, and making sure that the reader’s eye is able to properly follow the flow of the story.

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A lot of times, we’ll tweak the dialogue after seeing the final letters. It’s the first time that the story and the art are truly becoming one, and the words will always appear differently over the art than in the original script. Clunky wording becomes clearer, and new, better ways that writers just can’t see in the drafts they’ve polished over and over again can suddenly burst through the fog when seen in context of a page.

 

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back with some more insight into the various creative processes of Zenescope Entertainment.

 

ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1 is written by Pat Shand, drawn by Larry Watts, colored by Slamet Mujiono, and lettered by Jim Campbell. It hits shelves March 19th, 2014.