- Posted by Johanna on June 27, 2007 at 9:41 pm
- Category: Comic News
I’ve heard talk about this for a while, but Eddie Campbell goes on the record:
[DC Comics] said they didn’t allow a situation where a creator would both write and draw the same book unless he was ‘incorporated’.
Kyle Baker pops up in the comments to add
Other ways to be allowed to write and draw a DC character story for DC:
1) Become an employee for the duration of the comic book.
2) Credit your wife as writer.
I wish I remembered the name of the guy who talked about doing the second — all I recall is that he normally draws strange alien rabbit-like things.
The question is asked “why?” My best guess is that having different writers and artists helps DC prove that a book is work-for-hire, and thus they own the copyright. If they hire one person who does all of it, than that excuse goes out the window, as it’s clearly that one person’s artistic creation. But if they hire a company to do the work, then the legalities (and the copyright terms) are different, and presumably more favorable to them. But I Am Not A Lawyer, so I’m only speculating.