Earlier this year, Bleeding Cool reported that comics publisher Zenescope had been having trouble paying certain comic book creators. Well they just paid one of them. After they were forced to by a collection agency. And, for thirty percent, that agency is willing to do the same for your Zenescope debt.
Comics colourist Garry Henderson reports;
Well it only took almost 4 fucking years and a 30% fee to a collection agency, but I FINALLY got the rest of my money from Zenescope.He later clarifies;
How those fucks can still stay in business with the constant problems they have with paying creators is beyond me. I'm not the only person that's had that problem with that company, I'm just the only person that isn't scared to say shit about it in an open forum.
If you decide to work for em after reading this, thinking to yourself "Maybe things are different now." then you deserve all the stress and ulcers that come your way. I've talked to way too many people in the past asking if I'd recommend them working for Zenescope and told them to avoid at all costs. They would do it anyway thinking things would be different for them only to tell me months later that Zenescope hadn't paid them either.
They'll constantly waste an asston of money attending conventions, yet can't make sure their artists are paid in anything resembling a timely fashion.
I'll say it again: Four. Fucking. Years. And I still lost money by having to pay a collector to go after their asses.
When I first started working for them, they paid on time for the first few books I worked on, and then the money stopped coming. They'd feed me all kinds of bullshit excuses. Being a naive little newbie at the time, I'd buy their excuses and agree to do another project. Eventually it got to the point where they were asking me to do 2 more 4 issue minis as well as continuing on Grimm's, while owing me over $11k for past work. I finally woke up and told them I wouldn't do another book until they started making some payments.
I owed flatters a ton of money because of the Zenescope fuckfest. I had to work a 4 issue mini for another publisher and use every penny of that project to pay my flatters off. It wasn't even until last year when I finally started seeing a little bit of daylight financially.
Hell, it was so bad at one time that I told Zene to send me a shitload of comps to sell at the Dallas Con in exchange for writing off a couple of the smaller open invoices. They happily agreed to that, and then acted like they were doing me some huge fucking favor by including variant covers.
Fuck those guys and their shitty little unimaginitive asses. They can all tongue punch my fart box.
An edit for people asking about the collection agency thing.
If you can wait it out, there will probably be another group collection thing set up in Feb. If you're owed, and it's well past due, then by all means feel free to jump in. It will cost 30%, but that's taken after they collect the money. If you want to join in, simply send me a note titled Zenescope Collection. From there I'll get all the info from you to pass on to the guys handling the collection, and they'll get in touch with you. Again, that'll be in Feb. If you want to wait until later to send me a note "Just in case they do pay", that's fine. Just don't be scared to go after what is rightfully yours because of some fabled blacklist.
Yeah, it was huge pain trying to get my money out of them. I honestly did try to work with them on it. I told them to just send me a $100-$200 a month until it was paid off, and I'd be happy. They did that for about 6 months, and then they just stopped making payments for over a year. After a year of the runaround I started getting a little vocal about it on message boards and whatnot, so they started payments again. Then they stopped again. After another 6 months or so of the runaround, I got a lot more vocal about it. When I started outing them on film sites every time they made some announcement about one of their properties being bought up by Hollywood, they started sending me emails saying "We're trying to work things out with you, but you're making it difficult by posting that stuff. Go delete all your comments and we'll pay you." It was bs, because they hadn't even been replying to my emails, so I told them "Pay me, and I'll go delete it and shut up for good." Never saw anything, so I said fuck it and sent a collector after em. It cost me a little bit of money, but putting that thing to rest was worth it.