Thursday, September 3, 2009
MUST READ ARTICLE: Book Packagers Exploiting Comics Talents
Colleen Doran has just written a passion-fueled article that emanates from a genuine need to help naive freelancers fight back against the "unsavory practices" of some book packaging companies that are screwing over their talent. If you are going to read anything this year about protecting your rights then let it be this article - "Your Lives Will be a Lot Simple if Some of You Would Just Listen to Me Right Now". Colleen has long been an advocate and champion of creator rights and she doesn't hold back here on giving you solid advice, providing you with resources and challenging you to take responsibility for your professional lives. Black Mermaid Productions even get a mention, and she's right – we did utilise the services of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and were assigned a brilliant attorney who saved a bundle of our original characters from extermination, whom we adore, are still in contact with and whom we visited in New York two years ago when we attended the New York ComicCon. In our capacity as the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Comics/Graphic Novels Portfolio Holders, we are going to suggest that Colleen's article is mandatory reading for our members.