- Posted by Johanna on January 28, 2007 at 9:14 am
- Category: Comic News
Just something to remember, given recent discussions about unethical publisher behavior… Avatar and publisher William Christensen has a long history of similar actions (over ten years’ worth), something too many people were willing to forget when he started publishing creators like Warren Ellis.
After discussing these problems with Pollard, Sharpe said he received an admonishing phone call from Christensen. It seemed there was a clause in Sharpe’s contract which forbid his discussing Avatar problems with other professionals in the industry…. Pollard and Sharpe were later shocked when they visited the Avatar Press website to find the original artwork they were fighting for [based on Christensen’s verbal promises] was being offered for sale to the public.
(I was hanging out on Usenet when Christensen started threatening to sue people who expressed sympathy to Pat Quinn over his stolen artwork, by the way. Too bad all those messages aren’t in Google’s archives any more.)
At least it’s easy to ignore Avatar’s work, given their reliance on crappy bad girl titles with overpriced variant covers. Even when a “name” is involved in a project, it generally has the air of something more reliable publishers have previously rejected.