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Industry Interview: A Talk with Daniel Ketchum from Marvel

Here at Gay-Nerds, we love to highlight gay/lesbian people in the industry. Today, I am absolutely ecstatic to present Daniel Ketchum, an editor for Marvel comics. He has been a part of so many of my personal favorite comics such as Uncanny X-men, Runaways, Deadpool, Amazing Spider-man, Moon Knight and Ghost Rider.
Daniel Ketchum gay marvel editorGN: I’m just nerdgasming and itching with curiosity. What’s a typical day for an editor at Marvel?
Daniel Ketchum: Well, editors are responsible for managing the entire process of getting ideas from the creators’ heads to the readers’ hands. Most days see me talking about specific stories with writers, giving feedback on art to pencilers, figuring out who the X-Men are going to fight next month, discussing marketing strategies with the Sales and Marketing folks, and making sure that colorist I want to hire for X-MEN: LEGACY has an up-to-date contract on file. Not to mention, trying to make your favorite books generally AWESOME. Whew! You’d be amazed at how many different hats an editor wears over the course of an hour.
GN: It’s a comic nerd’s wet dream to be at Marvel. How did you start working there?
DK: The Cliff’s Notes version: I attended a school at NYU where every student creates their own major. Mine was “Storytelling in the Graphic Novel.” To legitimize four years of reading comic books for class, I figured I should do an internship in the industry. I was hired as intern in Axel Alonso’s Office at Marvel, despite never having read a PUNISHER comic in my life. At the end of my internship, Axel’s Associate Editor at the time, Cory Sedlmeier, told me that he was leaving Marvel and asked if I would be interested in taking his spot. In the month that followed, I wrapped up my internship, graduated NYU and then started as Axel’s newest Assistant Editor…oh, and I got up to speed on PUNISHER!