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#4858288 - 06/09/11 10:10 AM Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ?
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I imagine artists work out their own business negotiations these days ....or do they? I think it used to be that the Comic Book publishers like Marvel, DC.... Dark Horse.....whoever, paid a per page rate, but I'm not sure. Anyone have any experience or information on this ?

How about the writer per page or does he work per -script ?

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#4858324 - 06/09/11 10:30 AM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: Senormac]
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 Originally Posted By: Senormac
I imagine artists work out their own business negotiations these days ....or do they? I think it used to be that the Comic Book publishers like Marvel, DC.... Dark Horse.....whoever, paid a per page rate, but I'm not sure. Anyone have any experience or information on this ?

How about the writer per page or does he work per -script ?



It's a scale, there isn't a set number. Marvel and DC, and other publishers, have pricing scales per page.

For artists there are pencil rates, ink rates, paint rates, etc.

However, there are also a ton of other factors that go into how an artist gets paid at the end of it all (royalties, incentives, etc.) that make it almost impossible to say "An artist will get paid $X per page".
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#4858350 - 06/09/11 10:41 AM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: comix4fun]
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I had always thought it was based of the sales/popularity of the book.
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#4858360 - 06/09/11 10:47 AM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: comix4fun]
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 Originally Posted By: comix4fun
 Originally Posted By: Senormac
I imagine artists work out their own business negotiations these days ....or do they? I think it used to be that the Comic Book publishers like Marvel, DC.... Dark Horse.....whoever, paid a per page rate, but I'm not sure. Anyone have any experience or information on this ?

How about the writer per page or does he work per -script ?



It's a scale, there isn't a set number. Marvel and DC, and other publishers, have pricing scales per page.

For artists there are pencil rates, ink rates, paint rates, etc.

However, there are also a ton of other factors that go into how an artist gets paid at the end of it all (royalties, incentives, etc.) that make it almost impossible to say "An artist will get paid $X per page".


So there must be a base rate then.... a starting point, before all the stuff like royalties and sales get figured in. If not, then I get the impression it really is more of a team effort with everyone dividing the spoils. I remember reading about Jack Cole drawing Plastic Man and the boss (editor?) after they had used the work to print the comic.....just tore the originals up and threw them in the trash. Course that was the 40's. But even in the 70's and 80's weren't artists still working on a per page rate ?

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#4858570 - 06/09/11 12:56 PM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: Senormac]
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The biggest change that has occurred is the digital era. Now artists retain the original work, which they can in turn sell if they so choose. In the old days original art was the property of the company.
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#4858599 - 06/09/11 01:13 PM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: Artboy99]
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I have wondered about paychecks, because even crappy art can be worth a lot if the writing is great and there is a lot of fanfare. The crappy artist sells his art and makes $$$, while the writer gets nada.

(I am sure this doesn't happen too much)
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#4858936 - 06/09/11 04:22 PM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: ashrael]
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i'm paid on a per -script basis. anywhere from very little to good. plus for the titles i own i get a small advance and the majority of profits (shared with the artist in a 50/50 split).

for my copywritten concepts and ideas, i give 50% rights to the original artist since i can't draw. found this to be the best way to do it after talking to tim seely last year regarding how best to divvy up rights.
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#4859088 - 06/09/11 05:25 PM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: Senormac]
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Ye olde thread...

http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=684101&fpart=all
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#4859130 - 06/09/11 05:46 PM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: Norinn Radd]
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That is interesting reading. If you can crank out work, get a creator owned hit, and have a regular gig on a big book you can make some real money. How much do you think covers go for?
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#4859139 - 06/09/11 05:51 PM Re: Whats the going rate per page for a comic book artist these days ? [Re: Norinn Radd]
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sadly in the indy world, it is nowhere close to that. but you keep the rights to what you create though. that is a good thing if you get even a small hit. not sure how much the big houses pay anymore since the top selling book doesn't break 80k each month anymore.
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