Bravo, Papercutz!

In my coverage of the upcoming Great Expectations Classic Illustrated reprint, Ray asked a question about whether artist Rick Geary was getting paid for this reprint of earlier work. I got the following answer from Terry Nantier, partner in Papercutz:

Geary is getting a separate deal from us as we feel we have the moral obligation, if not legal one, to do so.

That approach, of doing the right thing regardless of legal requirements, has made me much more interested in seeing this book. Bravo, Papercutz!

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3 Responses to “Bravo, Papercutz!”

  1. Ray Cornwall Says:

    *NOW* I’m impressed. Classy!

  2. Nat Gertler Says:

    There are actual practical reasons for cutting Geary in on the Great Expectations deal. Not only is Geary someone that NBM is already working with (and presumably wants to continue doing so), but Rick had all the original art for this, which could be scanned for making a reasonable-quality reproduction.

    That’s not to say that Papercutz isn’t also interested in doing what they feel is the right thing. (Having said that, I don’t think there would be anything wrong with reprinting a work-for-hire work under its original understanding of no royalties. Certainly, when First made their original deals, there was an expectation and hope that this material would be reusable for a long time, as the original Classics Illustrated books were.)

  3. Johanna Says:

    Ray’s original question speculated about creators who never got paid at all. In that kind of situation (which this is not, so it’s only hypothetical), there certainly would be something wrong with reprinting a work with no further payments, even if it was originally work for hire. Morally, if not legally.

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