And then the internet exploded and talked about… Publication contracts! One of the most common questions I get when I talk about the Kickstarter campaign for our 45 Graphic Novel code project is, “Why doesn`t the publisher pay for it?” Specifically, friends and colleagues are also curious why our publishing contract with Scout Comics does not fully fund the art and production costs of our Kickstarter campaign. That changed in the 1970s, when Marvel, faced with impending struggles for creative property, made every creator who wanted to cash his paycheck sign his rights retroactively and declared that all the work they had done or were going to do for Marvel was a job for rent. After that, to appease the unfortunate creators, they began to offer them their original pages to keep them, although they were divided between the trifecta of writers, pencils and inkers. This forged the thriving home art market when creators sold their works for extra money. It was also a great moment in the history of the comic book archives, because so many golden and silver pages had been donated or destroyed by the publishers. If you want to publish comics and maybe create the next generation of modern mythology, you need to learn both business and art. I wrote iCP assuming that the reader has no business or legal background, i.e. MBA or a hedge fund investor who read it to understand the comics industry, will forgive the time I take to explain the basics.
The book is structured in a question-and-answer format. I ask relevant questions in each chapter, and then I come up with relevant ideas and options that the reader can consider. The book does not seek to be a one size fits all solutions. As each publishing house is different, I try to offer alternatives and reasons for everyone. This book is not the Infinity Gauntlet. It can`t do anything for your independent comics. As a general concept, this book does not guarantee: The Business of Independent Comic Book Publishing (abbreviated ICP) will help you understand both the comic publishing industry in general and the needs of your particular comic book. While ICP can`t guarantee that your story is good, it can ease your stamina and help you take advantage of your chance. It may not teach you how to create comics, but it can teach you how to become an independent comic book publishing house. During the duration of this agreement and at any time, the title undertakes not to disclose information about the project to other people. The security obligations covered in this paragraph do not apply to information made public without fault of the title. Distribution: Find the best way to get your book from your readers Once the book is finished and sells like hot cakes, the winnings will be paid in a fairly common hierarchy First, the publishing house gets its fees back, and what these costs are should be explained pretty well in the contract.
Once all fees have been paid, you are entitled to royalties, usually a percentage of the profits from sales. If you receive an advance, the book must sell well enough to generate enough royalties to repay your advance before you see any extra money.