Commissioning a Comic Book
Understand the process of commissioning a comic book including the process, a list of artists on commission, advice, and pricing/cost outlook.
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- The first step in the process is to have a well-laid-out script. Hiring or commissioning an artist with a simple script can lead to problems later down the line if the artist is given too much room for interpretation.
- A comic script should include aspects such as page break downs and panel descriptions in order to effectively communicate the intent to the illustrator.
- Hiring an illustrator depends on the publishing rout, comics can be published through a publisher that may provide an illustrator or though self-publishing, which will require an independent hiring method.
- A self-publishing author should hire a comic book artist, which will deliver the best results over a graphic designer or simple illustrator. There is an industry for independent contractors worldwide.
- If an author is self-publishing, creating an online presence is a big stepping stone to breaking into the business.
- Some publishers require a pitch with illustrations already attached, though this is not always the case.
- For self-publishing, a media form needs to be selected, either print or digital as well as a service that can deliver the media. There are several service out there such as Ka-Blam that run small quantity prints for self-publishers.
- Considerations for self-publishing include finance and marketing for current and future "distribution, scheduling, convention appearances, plus everything else required to get your book into the hands of your fans and followers."
- Hiring an artist varies in cost depending on several factors. Most artists charge per page, meaning price varies based on the size of the project.
- Artists may charge extra for additional time spent on script editing or correcting factual errors.
- Additional factors include color versus black and white, lettering, and inking.
- Pricing on the low end of the market can be from $100-$200 per page.
- Average pay rate from 2017 to 2018 for mid-range artist are as follows:
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