am i an experienced writer?
Not sure, but i self publish my own comics, so i have an opinion.
Over the last couple of years, i have learnt that by paying my artists, my comic production has gone through the roof.
When i first started out, i had guys working for free…and no disrespect to them, they were unreliable.
Not their fault, there was no incentive for them to produce the work.
We all have lives outside of comics, day jobs, family and friends.
Asking someone to use their free time to produce your comic for free is a HUGE ask.
So, i saved up…
I now get pages regularly and because i pay, i get to choose my artists.
Rather than settling for who offers, i get to find the right style that matches the story i have written and the quality of the art jumps up exponentially.
It really helps and the books i am producing look more professional than i could ever have hoped for.
It may have been a fluke, but i did my first comic con the weekend and (i’m not showing off, i swear because i am still in a state of shock myself) i sold over 200 copies of my comics to complete strangers.
Just by inviting them up to have a look at the comics and read a few pages, they flew off the table…
So, PAY your artists.
Hope that helps?!