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Tightening its belt, Marvel reportedly cuts into collection royalties

Amid staff layoffs, multiple title cancellations and “new budgetary mandates” word surfaces of still another cost-cutting measure at Marvel, this time involving trade paperback royalties.

According to Bleeding Cool, about a month ago the publisher issued an updated payment agreement that finally addressed digital sales while also amending the percentage of trade paperbacks exempt from royalties because of “returns, anticipated returns, promotional copies and damages.” What used to be 25 percent is now 30 percent, which the more math-minded note is a nearly 7-percent hit to creators.

Rich Johnston describes the exemption clause as “ambiguous,” something expanded upon by Graeme McMillan, who points out that Marvel doesn’t actually offer promotional copies to reviewers like DC Comics and most other publishers do.

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Brubaker, Aaron, Hickman…DC please.

Marvel’s gotta make more of a profit for the House of Mouse, so lets cut creator profits from the collected edition lines!! Way to treat your talent, guys…

Van lente to DC please

Talk about killing the golden goose…

For all we know, this may be to fall more in line with the rest of Disney’s publishing standards.

Sorry, Wesley, but the internet and comment boards are not the place for thinking before responding or giving the benefit of the doubt, etc, etc.

“Everyone at Marvel to DC, please.”

~Sarcastro

Allow me to amend the Sherman advice from “The Critic” for this case:

If the publisher’s decision stinks, disconnect yourself from the publisher.

Corporate comics suck. Boycott Marvel.

So, now I had to buy more trades so guys like Brubaker and Aaron (whose comics I like) get the same amount of money they used to?

Yeah, I can do that.

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