Stumbled upon this - large sections of it are nothing much, but there might be points of interest to some folks here throughout:
So sit back, relax, settle in and thrill over the first day of the Deposition of Todd McFarlane – it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and, remember, part two will be posted at the same time tomorrow – and it’s also a doozy!
BY MR. ARNTSEN: When you started work at Marvel in 1984 what did you do?
A: I was the penciler on a back-up series for a comic entitled Steve Engelhart’s Coyote.
Q: Were you paid a salary?
A: Well, a page rate. You get paid a page rate, X amount of dollars per page.
Q: And what’s a penciler do?
A: He does the drawings with the pencils.
Q: Okay. And he’s paid piece-work, so much a page?
Q: And you started working on Spiderman in what, '89?
A: Yes, I think so. Then again let’s just be clear here. It’s called Amazing Spiderman.
A: Because we are going to get later to a book called Spiderman, so I don’t want to mix our metaphors here. Amazing Spiderman.
Q: Amazing Spiderman.
A: At the beginning, right.
Q: And how is Amazing Spiderman different from Spiderman?
A: They – on some of the more popular characters, given that a book can only come out once a month, they go, “Hey, there’s more than one week in a month,” and so they figure out how to do sort of another version of it. And so they had three, you know, Superman and Batman, Spiderman, X-Men, all the popular guys usually have more than one title going at any one time.
Q: In your initial discussions with the four guest writers who were doing, I believe it’s Spawn 8 through 11, did you tell them up front it’s $100,000?
Q: You have to use words.
A: Oh, I’m sorry. Yes.
Q: Backing up a minute on this comic book process and what – the final piece of original art work that becomes the copy for the publication, what does that look like? How big is it? What does it look like?
A: Generally it’s – the image is 10 inches by 15 inches and it’s black and white because the inker has now come on and made it. The color is done at the printer or now on computer, so the color rarely is there. It’s black and white imagery of what you would see in a comic book at a larger size.
Q: So it’s a page?
A: Yes, a page. Each page, each page would be 10 by 15.
Q: Okay. Then what use is made of those pages once the comic book comes out?
Do they have some value as original art work like you see these Disney things and stuff like that?