uncannyrecall asked: Hey, man, I've got two questions for you. I am 16 and a Junior in high school. I want to become a video game journalist and work at IGN. My reasoning for that is because I enjoy writing, and I enjoy expressing my opinions with a wide group of people who also have similar interests. The second is do you have any suggestions of Green Arrow comics/graphic novels?
I assume your first question is “how to become a video game journo,” to which my reply would be to hone your writing abilities as you would for any other career path in writing. Journalism classes, creative or technical writing classes, whatever. Learn the language of games and how they function. The biggest mistake people make is assuming that because they LIKE something, they know how to critique it.
But more importantly, do the work. Start your own blog, write for smaller upstart sites, think outside the box. If you can’t do that on your own out of pure passion, no one is going to pay you to do it. And also remember that no matter how cool it sounds, it’s still a job — and all the pros and cons that come with it — and should be treated as such.
As for Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters by Mike Grell, Archer’s Quest by Brad Meltzer, Phil Hester, and Ande Parks, GA: Year One by Andy Diggle and Jock, and the current run by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.