Right, I’m genuinely booked artists into 2023 right now. Lots of people have been on 3 or 5 year deals so as much as it sounds crazy you really have to book this far if you’re going to get the greatest people out there. Olivier Coipel and Rafa Albuquerque are the artists you’re seeing coming in at the moment, but I’m on Netflix Project NINE right now and as we do the movie and TV plans FIRST I know the comics for the next six years.
So I’ve got pretty much all the ones I want. Quitely, Immonen, Coipel, etc, have all spoiled me over the years and I only do 4 books a year so I want them to be unbelievable. Our standard is way higher than Marvel or DC and the money pot is bigger than their’s too so literally nobody we’ve really wanted has turned us down. But I have ONE PROJECT where the timing isn’t working with someone under contract and I want to nail them down. PLEASE DO NOT name anyone who isn’t at the same level as the artists mentioned above. I stick this out on Twitter and it quickly becomes people recommending their pals, copying them in and putting me in an awkward spot as said artist thanks everyone they’ve ever known :). I just want someone brilliant here and wonder if someone truly exceptional (and international) with massive commercial appeal as slipped me radar.
I’d appreciate all thoughts below. Many of course will be signed up secretly for the years ahead so forgive me if I don’t say too much here as we have three big launches announced over next six months alone and Netflix and I want to keep the surprise.
Love to all,