Prepared for Jessica R. | Delivered August 13, 2019
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
. 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
is a big stepping stone to breaking into the business.
Some publishers require a
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
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
, meaning price varies based on the size of the project.
for additional time spent on script editing or correcting factual errors.
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:
$40-90 per page
$180-260 per page
$120-190 per page
$30-70 per page
$120-220 per page
Pencils & Inks:
$300-400 per page
Pencils, Inks & Grey Tones:
$350-475 per page
Pencils, Inks &
$400-550 per page
Pencils, Inks & Letters:
$350-450 per page
$450-600 per page
$775-900 per page
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