Is A Colourist Worthy Of Royalty?

It was just a side mention by Tony Harris as part of his series of posts creating a new guild for comic creators. But it was one that launched a very interesting response from Image Comics’ Erik Larsen, and a flurry of posts from, it seemed, a good percentage of the comic book industry. Tony Harris posted…


another thing( among MANY) that SAEG wants to tackle, is Colorists getting cover credit AND royalties.less than a minute ago via web

And it brought a storm. Erik Larsen posted;


@TONYFINGHARRIS I don’t know of a colorist that moves the needle–so I don’t think they should get royalties–same with letterers. Sorry.less than a minute ago via web


@TONYFINGHARRIS yes–some do great work–and they should be paid well for that work–but if sales don’t move–it’s not an incentive job.less than a minute ago via web


If Alan Moore comes on a book–sales go up–he deserves a piece of that–if @THEHITCHFACTORY draws a book increase–he deserves a pieceless than a minute ago via web


If a great colorist gets on a book–sales are unaffected–and that color services the art–to my way of thinking–he shouldn’t get royaltiesless than a minute ago via web


Pay better colorist more than poor ones–get them on the best books–absolutely–but that’s it.less than a minute ago via web


Talking to @Todd_McFarlane he said–“I bust my balls to get Alan Moore to write an issue of Spawn–sales go up on that issue– (cont)less than a minute ago via web


“…what did the colorist do to deserve more money on that issue?” Hard to argue with that logic.less than a minute ago via web

Cat. Pigeons. Put Amongst. This let to a flurry of hundreds of posts, back and forth. ere are just three tasters…


@ErikJLarsen B&W books don’t sell as much as color. Maybe as a special, but not as a regular series.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


@SotoColor see the Walking Dead–black and white and doing quite well.less than a minute ago via web

and…


@ErikJLarsen Not to me. If I write a book and am steady on it and sales don’t go up or down, I get royalties. So I don’t think saying…less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


@ErikJLarsen …the colorist didn’t make ’em go up or down means he shouldn’t share. He’s part of he reason the book earns the money…less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


@ErikJLarsen …that it does, so to my mind he deserves to participate.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


@KurtBusiek but what you write affects sales even though you’re a constant. If you have Wolverine guest star YOU made that choice.less than a minute ago via web


@KurtBusiek but what you write affects sales even though you’re a constant. If you have Wolverine guest star YOU made that choice.less than a minute ago via web


@KurtBusiek Now you’ve opted to give them a lower rate with promises of royalties but your story choices are affecting their income.less than a minute ago via web

http://twitter.com/ErikJLarsen/status/13589349245

and…


@ErikJLarsen “letterers too? Editors? Assistant editors?” If they’re part of the creative team, creative direction, then Yes.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


@MarkSweeney what ends up happening would be people getting a lower page rate with a promise of possible royalties.less than a minute ago via web


It’s not like there’s an endless supply of money. The money has to come from somewhere.less than a minute ago via web

Come by, read a few hundred posts, pick a side, pitch in…

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