Are West Coast Illustrators a different breed from their East Coast brethren? Can they exist peacefully together, or is a rap-style gangland warfare inevitable?
As a rule, East Coast (read, NYC) illustrators work as freelancers for magazines, newspapers, and book publishers. They may or may not have gone to Art School, and they do not have health insurance. West Coast illustrators (read, L.A) tend to work for movie studios, animation houses, or toiling away in conceptual art. They are on staff, went to art school, and have health insurance. The East Coast model shadows the publishing world, with writers working for themselves. The West Coast model is the Studio System, going to work and doing what they tell you. And as I learned from talking to artists of both stripes, the grass is always greener on the other side of the country.