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DanielPicci 05-07-2019 08:34 PM

Do you create comics? Quick question...
Hey guys! Long time no post. I still browse the art here and itís been amazing.

Iím trying to gather some information around the experience comic creators have had in trying to become freelancers, and obtain work/hire creators.

I know there is a dedicated thread here which has been instrumental for me. I personally have had some good and bad experiences, and overall would love to help my fellow creators even more.

If youíre interested in this I do have some questions on a multiple choice survey attached that Iíd love for anyone and everyone to answer. There are only 12 questions total, so itís extremely quick at only 1-2 minutes.

This short survey was created to understand the way comic book creators collaborate, showcase and communicate with each other.
Happy to answer any questions you have via dm,

Much appreciated!


Rene A. 05-14-2019 12:17 AM

I was going to take your survey, then I realized the questions don't pertain to me at this time. I'm strictly a one man army corps.

Neil Allen 05-14-2019 05:26 AM

I probably would have taken the survey if it applied to me, too, but it doesn't. I've never collaborated with anyone on a comic. I always work by myself. However, I sometimes run concept and plot ideas by some close people I know to see what they think or if they have any special insights that might lead to new creative ideas. Or if I'm stuck on a particular plot point or something isn't gelling as well as I would like it, I might approach them with the situation and see what they think. But all that is really informal and rather rare in occurrence, so I wouldn't call those collaborations, but that's as close to collaborating as I get.

Ultimately, I like for everything to be my vision, and I like taking full credit or full blame for whatever is presented. And I don't see the point in involving someone else, unless it would be to lighten my work load. But I don't feel I need any other contributors, and I'm not interested in joining someone else's comic project, so collaborations aren't really in the cards for me.

Scribbly 05-14-2019 08:25 AM

I understand is different when the comics books are produced on industrial scale, assembly style for a big publisher. There, the subdivision of artistic chores is a must, due the tight deadlines for making each book. And where the publisher is paying each talent for their work.
On independent mode, self published stuff, I admire these authors capable of doing all by themselves. Script, drawing, inking, lettering and sometimes, coloring. Alone or in partnership with one writer as much. For me, these are the real authors and creators. IMHO.
But after all, everything is flexible. Regarding the circumstances and who is who in the project.
Personally, if I work with help, over commissioned work, I won't call them collaborators but assistants to whom I pay for their work right after their job is done.
For personal projects, I would rather work all by myself. The fact of working on my own project, regardless any economical success is all the reward I need.

sevans 05-14-2019 06:37 PM

I have never worked with anyone on a full comic either.
Covers, short stories, animations, yes - full comic no.

DanielPicci 05-14-2019 09:33 PM

Hi all!

Thanks for taking the time to read the survey and post!

To provide some clarity, the mention of “project” refers to anything you’re working on comic-related that will require the hiring of someone else’s expertise. Ie a cover, short story,web comic, and even tangible comics and trades. And by collaborator it refers to paying for someone’s services whether they are a writer, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, graphic designer and even editor.

There was a challenge to keep the survey as succinct as possible. But this will also be for art commissions also.

Hope that helps, and thanks again :)

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