All posts with the ‘ Comics & Art ’ Tag

What Does “Creator Owned” Mean?

What does it mean when a publisher or distributor says that the things they sell are “creator owned”?

It’s a great question, but (surprise!) it doesn’t have a simple or straightforward answer. … Read More

Ghost Rider and the No Good, Very Bad Contract

I get a lot of questions about what a “good” contract looks like. It’s a tough question because “good” depends on what you need the contract to do. A contract that works really well in one instance might be a flaming pile of trash in another.

What I can do is show you what unhelpful contracts look like — contracts that everyone thought were going … Read More

Great Advice From Professional Freelance Cartoonists

This week I have two podcasts for your listening pleasure full of great advice from professional freelance cartoonists.… Read More

Stumptown Panels! + Win a Free Consultation

Stumptown Comics Fest is fast approaching (April 27th & 28th) and I’ve got three great panels to help you master your freelance career!

And if that’s not incentive enough, I’ll be giving away a free 30-minute consultation to one lucky attendee at each panel!… Read More

A Good Publishing Contract

This last weekend I joined the fabulous Caitlin DiMotta at Emerald City Comicon to talk about publishing contracts.

And then the internet exploded talking about…publishing contracts!

A coincidence? I think not.

Obviously the internet is really bummed it missed our panel at Emerald City.

So for the benefit of all, here’s a short recap of what we talked about.… Read More

Freelancer Roundtable 2012!!

This marks the fourth year of the annual Freelancer Podcast with Dylan Meconis, Erika Moen & Bill Mudron.… Read More

Three Myths About Copyright

Talking to so many independent creators, I hear a lot of interesting ideas about how copyright law works and what it does. Very interesting ideas.

To be fair, law is not known for its clarity. And thanks to the internet’s obsession with copyright, it’s not always clear what’s helpful explanatory information and what’s one person’s bizarro idea of how the law works.

Here are … Read More

It’s Complicated

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how freelancing and independent art “should” work. From discussions about intellectual property rights, to ethical business practices, to dealing with clients who don’t pay their bills, it seems that everyone has an opinion on how it “should” be and there’s not a lot of agreement on how to get there.

These conversations are important because they have … Read More

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5 Things to Know Before You Sign Your Publishing Contract

The following is the first of five emails from a free e-course about understanding publishing contracts. You can sign up for the rest of the course here. In any publishing deal, you're in charge. That's because a publishing contract is you giving the publisher permission to use your work. They need permission and


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