I’ve started having all my artists sign on to not work for other publishers while they’re working with me, because creator-owned can not be part time,” he added. “The rates I’m paying are better than the rates at Marvel and DC, generally, so I say, ‘You have to commit to this for six or 12 months.’ It’s gotten a nice routine going, and the three guys I’m working with next year are all very excited. I’m doing a book with Sean Gordon Murphy, one with Bryan Hitch and then one with a huge, huge artist who is still under contract elsewhere, so I can’t say his name yet. But as soon as his contract’s up, he’ll be starting with me as well.
, from a CBR promo piece on his MPH series with Duncan Fregedo. It’ll be interesting to see whether this sparks a trend. I’d like to see more top tier artists have the opportunity to turn down Marvel/DC for decent paying creator owned work (particularly if they have an ownership interest).