Hey, so I was wondering about a few things today. I saw an artist on twitter deservedly upset that a writer had taken her character designs without payment. This is, of course, egregious behavior and I’m just wondering how often this happens. I always thought that comic book creating was a collaborative effort on the part of both the writer and artist. Of course, the artist does a ton of the work considering they bring the books to life. But this sort of behavior must set precedence right?
My questions are:
How can the comic book community build a trust among collaborators? Especially at the beginning stages that I’m sure you and I share.
What is appropriate to ask of an artist when you really don’t a lot of funds? What offers can be made to an artist other than money?
How can one establish a sense of commitment to an artist, so they don’t think you’ll just run off with their work?
Also, I’d love hear people’s experience with this sort of stuff because I find it super interesting.
These are just a few initial questions because I’ve been seeing a lot more artists talking about being used and it’s bummer to see when you’re a guy like me who wants to genuinely collaborate.