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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ethical Publishers -- Here's Chris Butcher righteously outraged by the lack of decency, honour and ethics at most comic book companies, and taking the time to explain to creators and readers which companies actually don't try to fuck over the people that create comics for them.

I won't name all the companies Chris does, because then you'd have no reason to click over. But it's no surprise to me that Fantagraphics makes the list, because their unsurpassed respect for creators is the reason they attract the very best talents in comics, period. You don't attract, and keep, stellar talents like Los Bros. Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb and Paul Hornschemeier, among dozens of others, by ripping them off every chance you get and demanding vague and usurious contracts of your unwitting victims, like, say, Marvel and DC are known to do. And HINT HINT, those two companies do not make the list of most ethical comics companies, and it's no coincidence that they produce a preponderance of the lousy and mediocre comics clogging up the pipeline every week.

Would-be creators would do well to look at Butcher's post and understand that the companies that publish your work will either screw you or they won't, and that it's in your best interest and the best interest of the work you create to understand what being screwed in the comics industry looks like and how to avoid it. Readers who truly love comics as an artform owe it to themselves and to comics to support the ethical companies and shun the scumbags, and to give enough of a shit to know the difference.



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