June 20, 2012
Missed It: Paolo Rivera Ends Exclusive Contract With Marvel
I missed this incredibly gracious blog post
from the artist Paolo Rivera on the first go-round, thinking it could go in the next installment of this site's publishing news column when it appeared. I think Rivera's announcement of ending his exclusive deal with Marvel after a decade of working at the company is worth pulling out, though, because of the reason he gives: basically, he wants to reorient his career on creator-owned material. While this doesn't
put him in the same group as cartoonist Roger Langridge and writer Chris Roberson who have left work with the two big mainstream North American companies because of their dissatisfaction with creators rights issues and specific actions on those companies' parts -- to be absolutely freaking clear, Rivera is definitely still working for Marvel, and doesn't rule out working for anyone or even indicate the barest hint of a critical factor involved in his latest decision -- it's actually worth noting him in that context because seeking out personal opportunities for expressions and a more direct control over one's career output seems a positive
formulation of the quandary that a lot of creators face these days. I think that's important.
At any rate, he's a talented artist who's done some fine work for Marvel and that post is so nice it'd be super-churlish not to wish him the best whatever he wants to do and however he wants to do it, or, for that matter, however we choose to take notice of it.
posted 1:20 pm PST
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