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The Realities of Author Payments

The Realities of Author Payments

A recent report about author payments in the UK saw a bit of a row break out between authors and publishers, yet again. Author earnings have been sliding. And while publishers have been complaining for years of declining profits and tighter margins, many are posting healthy earnings for their quarterly reports. Author payments appear to be shrinking and while publishers perhaps aren’t rolling in it, they’re doing well enough to do more than get by.

What Makes a Villain?

What Makes a Villain?

I was talking with a reader and she asked me, point-blank, if one of the characters in Slapshot! was going to become a villain. She said she felt like he just wasn’t a good guy. Oddly enough, this wasn’t the character I had singled out as being my primary antagonist through this story arc, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t become a villain.
But that set me to thinking: What makes a villain?
Comics Aren’t Political (and Other Myths)

Comics Aren’t Political (and Other Myths)

Earlier this year, a comic book shop owner in Florida took comic publishers to task for being too political. His argument is comics should be an apolitical space, where no one needs to worry about “left” or “right.” Comics, he argued, needed to provide a comforting embrace for everyone, rather than adding fuel to the fire of divisive politics.

Back the fuck up, please. Comics are a safe space? Publishers need to get their politics out of his store?

Has he ever read a comic book in his life?