With the exception of just a few published pieces of art (which belong to other companies), Marvel owns the copyrights to my entire professional portfolio,” he wrote on his blog, adding, “why shouldn’t they? I was, of course, compensated fairly for it, and for that I’m grateful – but the sum total of that work is not enough to support me in the distant future. My page rate is essentially the same as when I started at 21, so I’ve decided to invest in myself.
This is what I’ve been saying to you for the past few years, to any of you freelance creatives, whether cartoonist, illustrator, comic artist, graphic designer, or writer. No matter how much fun the projects are right now, no matter how busy/popular you are right now… eventually you will have to think of the long term. You read about older writers and artists dying penniless, and vaguely wonder if that might be you one day. I’m not just talking about retirement here, I’m asking how the hell are you going to support yourself in just ten years, if right now you are just barely living month-to-month? How? What’s your plan?(via luclatulippe)