- Posted by Johanna on January 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm
- Category: Comic News
In the past, when I’ve talked about Bluewater comics, it’s generally been to make fun of them. After all, they’ve made stupid, entry-level mistakes when they weren’t dementedly seizing at trends to get something, anything to sell. Their latest approach, rushing out tie-ins to whatever people are talking about politically, seems to be working for them (although once again, they made basic mistakes there as well).
Unfortunately, now word comes that the company is making money by not paying their artists. In short, they only pay the people who create the comic once they’ve made a profit … which is ripe for exploitation, since a company can keep throwing expenses against a work until nothing ever makes money (known as “Hollywood accounting”). As Chris Butcher posts,
Bluewater is churning out books with very little quality control … a “portfolio piece” from them counts for very little unless the freelancer was exceptionally talented to begin with. Talented artists: Build your portfolios for and by yourself, and not, say, by providing free artwork to companies who could pay you, but don’t want to. …
I have yet to read any of their bio comics that are any good, and even if someone wrote a stunning biography of Oprah Winfrey, I have a hard time believing an editor is going to look at that and go “Shit, this person writes great trashy celeb cash-in biographies, I definitely want to see what they can do with a completely different style of writing.”
(Butcher is responding to this self-serving statement from Bluewater president Darren G. Davis and the comments that follow.)
That answers a question I had about their website a few years back, anyway — they don’t list artist names because they’ll hire whomever is willing to work for free to churn out their exploitation books. So I won’t be covering their books here any more, even to laugh at them, because I’d rather not give them any inadvertent publicity.