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(Uproxx)   'Uncle Scrooge' artist Don Rosa quits comics. And he has some choice things to say about the way Disney treats comic artists on his way out   ( divider line
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2013-02-14 05:58:25 PM  
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And yes, Image and others have made some changes in the industry, but for the most part it's still a work-for-hire business. Royalties are tricky to come by when you're working for the Man.
2013-02-14 05:56:53 PM  
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Yeah. Roy Disney himself said essentially the same thing when he and his crew in the Ink & Paint animation branch were all cut out of the Kingdom.

The company is powerful, jealous about their intellectual property, and has a fleet of lawyers who know it's best to treat anything Disney produces as a "work for hire". This is pretty common in the business. Ask Alan Moore about the whole thing and be prepared for some swearing and whining.

If you want to maintain the rights to your artwork, release it yourself. If you want a big paycheck, work for a big company like Marvel, Disney, Warner Bros/DC Comics, etc. and accept that everything you do for them is considered work for hire-- You are a tool of the company, and even if you invent the greatest character ever, you will never get more than the salary they paid you when you created it UNLESS you try to work out some sort of merchandising/royalty deal prior to release, and even then the lawyers will caution your higher-ups against allowing you to have any control over the artwork.

It's really simple: Work for a huge corporation and you own nothing you create on their dime.
2013-02-14 02:08:58 PM  
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Stratohead: SineSwiper: schpanky: Don't DC and Marvel work in the same way?  I thought this was common practice for the big comic companies.

Image changed all of that.

Image forced Marvel and DC's hand... but Creator Owned titles and compensation in some form for creatives in Comics had been going on with "independents for over decade before Image launched.
The first I can recall being Pacific Comics in the late 1970s, then Eclipse, Dark Horse, Caliber, etc etc.
(though Marvel did do some creator owned projects... like when Sergio Aregones started publishing Groo with Pacific, eventually Marvel licensed Groo from Sergios...initially under the EPIC imprint... and D.C. did so on a limited basis with Pirahana reason Image should get all the credit for decades of blood sweat and tears of industry pros long before  McFarlane/Lee/Liefield got their panities in a wad)

Yep, I remember Neal Adams had a big hand in that. And while he may be a little on the crazy side, the guy still goes to bat for creators who are down on their luck.
2013-02-14 12:53:37 PM  
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What sucks the most now that Disney is slobbering all over its marvel properties they dont even care that they have two comic legends who are on par with Eisner and Kirby as far as being the best comic book artists and storytellers that ever worked in the biz in Barks and Rosa. Both basically built Duckburg from the ground up. It took a very long time for Disney to give Barks his due and its infuriating that Disney treated Rosa so shabbily. When they should be kissing his ass

Read " the Life and times of Scrooge McDuck " By Don Rosa. You wont be sorry
2013-02-14 12:49:03 PM  
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If you RTFA, he doesn't work for Disney.  He works for an independent studio which licenses the rights to make comics using Disney characters.  So his beef isn't with Disney (no matter how many times he says it does), its with the deal he signed with his publisher, which only pays him per page and gives him no royalties.  The only reason he's name dropping Disney is because nobody knows who the fark Egmont Comics is, but they know who Disney is.
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