Leaping over tall buildings in a single bound is old hat in the comic book industry. A fan off the street with almost no experience getting a gig writing for the publisher of Superman through an unsolicited email? Now, that’s an impressive feat. But that’s just what writer Jason Aaron has done, first with his critically acclaimed Vietnam War mini-series, “The Other Side,” and now with “Scalped,” an ongoing series about a crime-ridden Indian reservation – both published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. “I’ve read comics since I was a kid, I knew for a long time that I wanted to be a writer, but I had no idea about how to even go about trying to break into the comic industry,” says Aaron, 34. So Aaron listened to his parents and went to college, where he majored in journalism, only to discover he hated the field. He wrote movie reviews; waited tables at a barbecue restaurant; worked in a warehouse that stocked adult novelty items, and managed a shift at a video rental store. At night, he kept dreaming in four color panels. “I just had a lot of bad crappy day jobs,” says Aaron. “Jobs that were low on stress,… Read full this story
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