So, I made a completely unintentional boo boo last night.
I was incredibly fortunate to get a sneak peek of the next issue of a comic series that I am VERY much enjoying…following getting to read this comic, which was soooooo good, I sent out a tweet saying how good the series and writer is while @ the writer in too, because he kindly let me have a read.
But, I didn’t mention how much I loved the art and being the plonker that I am, I didn’t credit him in.
I’ll hold my hands up, i should have sent a follow up tweet crediting the artist too…because as i said, i didn't do this on purpose.
Lucky for me, someone replied saying how amazing the artist is too and i responded that i couldn't agree with them more.
Then I started to think.
What about the inker? Colourist? letterer? Cover artist (if this is done by someone else)?
But, then what about the Assistant editor? the Editor? The Editor in Chief?!
I have a Marvel comic in front of me right now and on the credits page there are thirteen names involved…not even including the interns and the back-office staff we do not even know about.
So, my question is, where does the credit start and end?
Also, was having a private chat with an artist on twitter about this and I raised the follow up question.
What if i was impressed with the art is a comic, but the writing wasn’t really doing it for me?
I mean, we have all done it, bought a comic because we LOVE the artist, but not a fan of the writing.
(basically, I am describing EVERY comic I have written…because the art carries me! )_
But in that situation, are you allowed just to praise one section of the creative team, even though the comic is made of up from so many different talented people?
And I am not talking about purposely snubbing the writer and saying…
“I love @dizevez art in the Ether, but @mattgarvey1981’s writing…ugh”
I mean, are you allowed to go…
“@dizevez’s art in the Ether is AMAZING!”
Leaving me out completely, even though it is a collaboration and neither the art nor the words in the form you see in the “finished project” would exist without the both of us….or in the example of the Marvel comic….the thirteen plus people working on it.