December 30, 2004
Steven Grant on Exclusives
Writer Steven Grant talks about mainstream comic book exclusivity deals in his ongoing column
at Comic Book Resources
. He seems particularly interested that many of these exclusives are going to solid, mid-level talents rather than than proven sales successes.
I am not exactly sure what the long-standing
tradition has been with exclusivity deals, but I swear that at least DC has been going after this kind of creator in this fashion for a few years now. I recall this catching my attention when DC had signed up artists like the guy at the time drawing the title Nightwing
, which I don't think of as a huge-seller. And if you think about it, exclusivity deals at this level makes a lot of sense: most such deals are tied into productivity, which helps guarantee stability on certain titles that can ill afford creative team shuffling. Also, if you're at the point of becoming a "star" creator, that's a time that it might be more attractive to keep your options open at all the publishers.
Art from Michael Lark, who recently signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics.
posted 6:06 am PST
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