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    Don Rosa, famed creator on Disney's Duck range of comics, has seen Disney refuse to allow his planned epilogue "Why I Quit Comics" to appear the final volume of The Don Rosa Collection published by Egmont.

    Egmont have however agreed to publish a link to http://career-end.donrosa.de/ in the final volume, which leads to the now unpublished text.

    He talks about many reasons, his poor health, his workaholic nature and how he started heavy work at a young age, but it would be the final reason that would cause the problem. Here are some excerpts.
    But it?s an unfortunate fact that there have never been, and I ultimately realized there never will be, any royalties paid to the people who write or draw or otherwise create all the Disney comics you?ve ever read. We are paid a flat rate per page by one publisher for whom we work directly. After that, no matter how many times that story is used by other Disney publishers around the world, no matter how many times the story is reprinted in other comics, album series, hardback books, special editions, etc., etc., no matter how well it sells, we never receive another cent for having created that work...
    Then one country started producing a series of all-Rosa albums. Another two countries started producing annual all-Rosa pin-up calendars. Then several more countries started producing all-Rosa special hardback editions which became best-sellers. I was called on to do promotional tours to help sell books of my work even though I was never paid royalties on those sales. What? Huh?..

    And on these promotional media events when I did press conferences and appearances on national TV talk-shows, some interviewers would privately comment about how nice it must be for me to be getting so rich off something I obviously enjoyed doing so much. Eventually it hit me ? all the European fans assumed that I was a millionaire...

    Then the publishers took the next inevitable step. A new reprint album of my Scrooge McDuck adventures was not to be titled ?SCROOGE McDUCK? #1, but ?DON ROSA? #1. The annual ?DONALD DUCK CALENDAR? was to become the annual ?DON ROSA CALENDAR?...

    What I did was hire a lawyer, at no small expense, and copyright my name across Europe and South America. Disney publishers certainly had every right to use my comic stories ? those were Disney property. But my name is not Disney property ? it is my property...

    I did not ask for royalties. I decided to ask simply for an annual fee for the use of my name to sell products...

    My publisher Egmont immediately agreed! I suppose they were simply waiting for me to say something. After all, they are a big company? in fact, a non-profit charitable organization? so why would they offer me a fee until I demanded it? ...

    With the non-Egmont publishers it is a different story. I let them know that they could no longer publish the all-Rosa albums and books using my name to promote them unless they had my permission. All they had to do was ask. But they would not...

    So, to this day, that?s why you see all-Rosa book series in France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and Indonesia (and probably other countries I haven?t found out about) which are attributed to an ?anonymous? author...

    Fans who did know what an unfair system we Disney comics people work in have often said to me ?you?ve made a name for yourself now! Why not stop this thankless work and produce comics of some character that you create yourself?? And publishers have often told me they would publish anything I decided to create for them. But my reply has always been ?Any character I might create next week? I would not have grown up with that character. I wouldn?t care about him. My thrill is in creating stories about characters I?ve loved all my life.? I?m a fan.
    And that is what Don Rosa is now going back to being...

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    A shame really, but nothing new in regards to Disney.
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    Like the Europeans he mentioned in the quote, I wrongly assumed Rosa was making bank from all these collected editions with his name featured prominently. I'm sorry to see this is not the case; he certainly deserves it.

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    Disney's lawyers work feverishly to suppress any published content viewed as "anti-Disney" or "not Disney".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victorian Squid View Post
    Disney's lawyers work feverishly to suppress any published content viewed as "anti-Disney" or "not Disney".
    Which is why they allowed Egmont to do a (non-translated) reprint of "Return to Duckburg Place" in the first volume of the "Don Rosa Collection" - a story were the nephews are smoking weed, Goofy is a homeless drunk and a senile Grandma Duck is sent to prison after killing and roasting Gus Goose because she mistook him for a "normal goose", were the nephews are given back into the custody of their real father (Daffy Duck) and were Donald kills Scrooge by bashing his head in with a rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow View Post
    Which is why they allowed Egmont to do a (non-translated) reprint of "Return to Duckburg Place" in the first volume of the "Don Rosa Collection" - a story were the nephews are smoking weed, Goofy is a homeless drunk and a senile Grandma Duck is sent to prison after killing and roasting Gus Goose because she mistook him for a "normal goose", were the nephews are given back into the custody of their real father (Daffy Duck) and were Donald kills Scrooge by bashing his head in with a rock.
    Exceptions prove the rule^^
    PLEASE CONSIDER putting SilverSmurfer on ignore due to his factually incorrect and hysteric claim that "Uber" is a "historically revisionist nazi fantasy," and that we should boycott Avatar for it.
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    some people try to work through cognitive dissonance....others dont think it exisits

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    I am, as usual when these stories are broken, absolutely horrified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    I am, as usual when these stories are broken, absolutely horrified.
    I'm torn on this.
    Because the writers/artists know what contract they are signing and that it's one (well) paid gig and no royalties afterwards. And usually that system works because most stories are printed once, maybe twice in each country (and maybe then some are reprinted every one or two decades).
    Don Rosa of course is a completely different story. He's the most popular living Disney-creator and the second popular Disney creator of all times (only eclipsed by Barks of course) and his stuff is selling HUGE here. Really, really huge. A collection of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" went through at least 8 printings in a couple of years here in Germany before it was substituted with a new version (with even more additional chapters and a new coloring) which also has to be constantly reprinted because it IS like printing money. Barks and Rosa are also reprinted in various other publications again and again and again.
    Would it hurt Egmont/Disney to give him a bonus? No, of course not. But he knew which contract he signed (this is no Alan Moore situation) and not to mention that if Egmont would give him a bonus all other creators (worldwide) would demand an incentive as well (which would kill that system).

    The only thing I guess really wasn't nice on Egmont's part was how late in their business relationship they told him how popular he actually is here in Europe.

    And hey - no Marvel creator receives any royalties for foreign reprints as well (and that was way before the Disney buyout). Dunno about DC.

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    there is NOTHING to be torn about here. disney makes billions for itself working it's talent at slave labor wages and with unfair business practices that people simply accept because the bills have to get paid, people have to eat, etc. etc.
    don't make excuses for them like "oh well gee shucks i mean, we here at disney would love to help out the poor working artists but gee willickers, ya did sign those darned contracts agreeing to one flat rate one time while we mass produce the hell out of your work and make nearly endless dollars off it through constant merchandising and brand management."
    this is the way the entertainment industry gets to live and profit like robber barons, because people accept that "well thats the way it is".
    what we need is legislation that protects the workers who make up the entertainment industries, the artists, the writers, to see that they are compensated fairly if their creation nets the company a couple billion, since obviously we'll never stop feeding our addictions, and hell, i'm as guilty of it as anyone.
    I buy mostly indie books, but I still buy books from the big 2, i have all the moral outrage in the world, but still, damn it, i want to see what hickman is doing with avengers.
    so the moral is, i guess, they suck, i suck, most of we suck, but this definitely sucks.

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