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Quote of the day | Matt Fraction, on the economics of Casanova

Casanova #1

Casanova #1

“For all the bravado and, what you call it, callow youthfulness behind the idea of ‘Do it yourself!,’ at the end of the day, there’s a time in your life when you absolutely can, and there’s a time in your life when you’re married and you have a mortgage and a baby or two babies and you need diapers and food and it’s just like, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t work for free anymore.’ It’s not like anybody’s getting rich. It’s not like ‘Well, I need a BMW.’ No — I need to pay my light bill. That’s the reality of it. … So the idea was, let’s go off, and just build up the bank and get to a point where we can do seven issues for free again. Luckily, we haven’t had to. Luckily all three of our stars were in the ascendant and people at Marvel were really big fans of the work, and were excited to make Casanova an Icon book, so we’re very lucky — nobody has to work for free, and we still own Casanova and still control it.”

– writer Matt Fraction, in a highly recommended interview with GQ,
on the financial realities behind
Casanova’s more than two-year hiatus



Woah, woah, woah!

You mean it costs *money* to produce comics?

Well knock me over with a feather!

All due respect to Fraction, and I love his work and respect him immensely, not everyone bothers with marriage, mortgage, babies, diapers. If you really wanted to, you could go the Henry Rollins route and just eat, breathe, and sleep DIY like a motherfucker. That’s not practical for most people but some have pulled it off… I just think it’s worth mentioning that there’s no one unimpeachably correct way to do anything, including making money or fashioning a lifestyle that works for you and for some very determined, very resilient and probably insane people, independence is a priority over the financial stability necessary to maintain a family life. Fraction is particularly lucky in that he will still get paid and also seems to maintain creative control and ownership of a project that’s near to his heart. Good for him, that’s truly an awesome situation.

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