- Posted by Johanna on October 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Megan Rose Gedris is removing the almost 500 pages of her webcomic I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!! from the web on November 5.
The reason is contractual. Back in 2006, she entered into a deal with Platinum Studios (you know, the group that bought their way onto bestseller lists for Cowboys and Aliens because they wanted more Hollywood interest and destroyed a great free comic website). They aren’t giving her any income or support, so she’s going to stop benefiting them by keeping the series around for them to show off. I can’t blame her — and with so many webcomics just fading away, it’s nice to have a statement of what happened to this one (no matter how horrible the circumstance). Here’s her final section of advice:
Young creators, please know that “getting published” is not the be-all-end-all of doing comics. There are so many people in this industry who will take advantage of your eagerness to be a “real comic artist.” Yes, you DO need a lawyer, I don’t care how much you trust that publisher, how big or small. Every contract, every time. Don’t sell something for what you think is a fair price. Know what the fair price is. Know what your value is. Know what the industry standards are. If you can’t get a good deal, don’t take a bad deal and hope for the best. Don’t take a bad deal and tell yourself it’s better than no deal at all. There are so many other avenues.
There are some really bad contracts out there, sometimes coming from otherwise reputable companies. Remember, you can always negotiate, and unless someone is paying you huge amounts of money, I believe most deals should be of limited duration, with rights reversions unless the work is actively being supported. Once someone activates your “hmmm, something feels wrong here” detector, keep them on a very short leash and be willing to walk away before you lose more than you can afford to.