Lots of sound & fury across the tubes over the new Village Voice "Comics Issue" with an accompanying article by Roy Edroso: “If
After bemoaning “As papers cut back on comics, some cartoonists have seen their livelihoods disappear” the piece goes on to twist the knife with the ironic, or clueless, confession:
“Also, many of the artists in this issue aren't getting paid, but have contributed work for the exposure.”So the Village Voice didn’t pay many of the contributing cartoonists, reasoning the exposure was worth more to them than money. That’s funny; I would have thought exposure was what you needed to attract the attention of a publication with the supposed stature and reputation of the Village Voice:
“It was the first and is arguably the best known of the arts-oriented tabloids that have come to be known as alternative weeklies“Notice the past tense - "was" – that's what happens in media conglomeration.
Still, nobody else has commented directly on the
The art is what makes the publication noticeable, worth attention and attractive to readers. The day a publication doesn’t have the money to compensate the creative content is the day they shouldn’t be able to afford paying anyone else. We'll let one of my favorite writers
A final insult to injury is when the article’s author (who presumably was paid) closes with the hilarious line:
“Hope springs eternal, especially when it's goosed.”That goose is cooked.
Lastly, via Drawn, here's even more invaluable, related advice for any freelance artist or creative person peddling their wares:
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