A couple weeks ago, I put a post on Zwol.org seeking a comic book artist for an 8 pages Comic Book story. I received many responses back and after much debate with myself I settled for who I believed to be the best artist for the job (and the price). I sent the artist my script and the following week he sent me a 15 pages version of my story where he added entire new sequences and dialogue. He had rewrote my script as a 15 pages story. I was flabbergasted,confused, and a bit hurt. I did not know how to react.
I might not be an Official Professional Comic Book Writer but I do have a couple stories published and I have worked with other artists. I enjoy collaboration tremendously and I am always looking forward to an artist’s opinion of my scripts. I take their feedback to heart and make the necessary changes. I love the back and forth and arguing about the best way of telling the story. I love the dialogue.
But this was no dialogue. This was not a collaboration and I knew it was something the artist and I could not get over and continue working together. I explained to him that I would have rather he gives me notes and let me handle the writing than do it for me. After all, how would he feel if I was to redraw his artwork without consulting him?
I did end our “collaboration” but still felt like maybe I was somehow in the wrong. Was I being too protective of my work? Too arrogant? Was he right?
First of all, I was not going to pay for a 15 pages story. There is no way. Second, he should have communicated with me before retouching the script and send me his notes. He did not communicate and that’s the biggest issue. I cannot work with someone who is going to do things their own way and not include me in the process. Comic Book making is always a collaboration (unless you do it all yourself and Kudos if you do).
Still in doubt, I turned to my peers for comfort and I cannot thank them enough. I will leave you with their opinions below.