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Quote of the day | Christine Valada, on digital royalties for creators

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“This is certainly welcome news for DC creators, who have benefited from DC’s long-standing policy of equitable compensation over the long-term. Marvel has reproduced works in various electronic formats for years, and I can assure you that my husband hasn’t seen a goddamned dime for any such use of Giant-Sized X-Men #1 or anything else he ever created for Marvel. Meanwhile, royalties from DC for a relatively minor character got us through the worst of our past 15 months of hell. Until Marvel takes the steps that DC has to compensate the creators who made the company great, all it is doing is blowing smoke. Anyone who thinks Marvel is the better place to work is just deluding themselves.”

– photographer Christine Valada, wife of veteran writer and editor Len Wein, on DC Comics’ announcement of creator royalties for digital sales

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Huh. I dunno the respective histories of the speakers, but this sure makes that Brevoort quote from earlier look pretty shady.

That’s just it: Marvel wants all the glory but none of the actual work. It’s one thing to say you’re on the up and up, it’s another when you actually look at the practice.

Practice what you preach, Marvel.

All I know is that the mainstream media always love Stan Lee and Marvel Comics — we get to see Stan as a creative genius doing good work for the working class seeking entertainment, whereas Marvel has literally stolen from their writers and artists for decades. Also, as a child I was seduced by Marvel Comics into sending in comics — with a self-addressed stamped envelope — to be signed by their creators at Marvel. Well, my best friend also sent in some comics. Neither one of us ever got a response or our books back. Angry, I later followed-up with a letter, but still no response.

Finally, I was at a comic convention in Ottawa, Canada when I was about 14 or so. Chris Claremont — then a big-time Marvel person — was at the desk doing autographs. It was mostly a younger crowd. Anyway, the kid in front of me must have been 11 or 12 years old and he said something to Claremont, probably trying to be funny. Anyway, loudly, Claremont says, “Are you always an asshole, or do you only do it for the weekend?”. The kid had not said anything rude, and he appeared so upset — I think he was going to cry.

Anyway, I have no love for Marvel, and the antics described above do not surprise me.

Wonder what Brevoort’s response to this will be….

“Marvel gave you royalties, your husband was just too stupid to sign the back of the check.”

So either Swamp Thing or Human Target royalties have done more for Wein and his family than creating Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus. That’s cold.

HEY DIDIOTS!!! THIS WAY!!! Another chance to whine and cry about Marvel!!!

>> So either Swamp Thing or Human Target royalties have done more for Wein and his family than creating Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus. That’s cold.>>

Not “either.” I don’t know the details of Marvel’s digital royalties, or who’s been paid what, and I can say Marvel’s incentive program has improved in some ways of late — but _both_ Swamp Thing and the Human Target have paid Len more in incentive payments than all the characters he’s created at Marvel put together.

Heck, _Lucius Fox_ royalties have, too.

DC’s very, very good about movie/TV money.

kdb

Sad. Really sad. Would it have killed Marvel to at least acknowledge him in some way when the Wolverine movie came out? Prominent credit? Cameo? Starbucks gift card? Anything? Anything? I certainly hope the new regime has the same concerns and attitudes about creators as Paul Levitz did. And sad story there about Claremont… not surprising, mind you, but sad anyway.

Not “either.” I don’t know the details of Marvel’s digital royalties, or who’s been paid what, and I can say Marvel’s incentive program has improved in some ways of late — but _both_ Swamp Thing and the Human Target have paid Len more in incentive payments than all the characters he’s created at Marvel put together.

Heck, _Lucius Fox_ royalties have, too.

DC’s very, very good about movie/TV money.

kdb

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Kurt, do you think that Disney buying Marvel has played a part in the improvements made in Marvel’s incentive program?

And on a more then slightly off topic question in regards to your excellent creator owned series SHOCK ROCKETS. Do you think the upcoming animated series METAJETS is a ripoff of your SHOCK ROCKETS comic? I know you said that you sold the animated rights to the comic to Nelvana to be developed as animated series several years ago, and the animated Company who is putting out the METAJETS cartoon is co-owned by the founder and former president of Nelvana. While there are differences between the two properties there seems to be a lot of similarities between the two properties. It just seems kind of fishy to me. Here’s a link to the series website and the trailer for this series http://www.metajets.com/english

Considering what a cash cow Wolverine has been for Marvel, Len Wein shouldn’t want for anything. Shameful.

>> Kurt, do you think that Disney buying Marvel has played a part in the improvements made in Marvel’s incentive program? >>

I couldn’t begin to guess.

>> And on a more then slightly off topic question in regards to your excellent creator owned series SHOCK ROCKETS. Do you think the upcoming animated series METAJETS is a ripoff of your SHOCK ROCKETS comic? >>

Haven’t seen it, so I can’t really judge.

kdb

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