Monday, July 17, 2023

Jim Zub's Article About Avoiding Predatory Publishers Should be Required Reading

Jim Zub is a comic creator who has made some great books. He put a post up on his blog titled, "Predatory Publishing and You -- A Tragedy in the Making." It should be required reading for anyone who wants to work in comics. Zub breaks down how creators need to be careful what comic-book publishers they work with as they might be taken advantage of in various ways. Checks won't come when they are supposed to, the rights won't actually truly be as such where the creator owns them, and other terrible clauses or tricks. Zub writes about why it is important to have a lawyer look things over and lists ways to tell a publisher might be smart to avoid (they seem to come out of nowhere with unclear funding, they promise absurdly good page rates they'll never pay, and more). If you ever think you might want to work in the comic-book biz, read Jim Zub's post. It might save you a lot of headaches and heartaches.

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