domingo, 10 de mayo de 2009

Editoriales poco profesionales.

Hace unos días, en la columna de Rich Johnson, (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=20971) LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 207, se podía leer la siguiente noticia:

“PAY UP PAY UP PAY UP THE GAME
So, you're a comic creator owed money by a comic book publisher and you decide to contact Lying In The Gutters. Naturally, I'll keep your name anonymous, you don't want to jeopardise your chance off ever get paid, or be seen as a troublemaker in the industry.
Basically you're owed money by Zenescope, Devil's Due or Platinum. It really does come down to those three companies right now.
Platinum’s debt to creators is old, mostly made up of Wowio's second quarter 2008 payments, which they are waiting on investment to pay off.
For the other two, it’s a mixed story. Some creators tell me they are owed thousands by Devil's Due but have been paid by Zenescope. Others tell me how Devil's Due has paid them but they are owed thousands by Zenescope.
The official Zenescope line is that there were cashflow issues, but they have caught up with payments to creators at the end of the first quarter of this year, And indeed, I have reports of payments being made. But I have many more examples of people owed thousands.
It's a similar story with Devil's Due. Payments to some creators have been made, but many are owed thousands and thousands still.
There's a common thread of initial late payments turning into broken dates for repayments turning into no payments and a lack of communication. While all the time the companies press forward with new projects without paying for published ones.
Creators tell me they turned down work for these companies, only to find late, reduced or no payments as they face a shrinking market with payment terms stretching from 30 to 60 days. And some people are losing their houses as a result.
I can sympathise with these and similar companies. Sales for projects are not what were projected, leading to cashflow issues and the attempt to make up owed money with new projects, which again don't perform as expected as the market continues to shrink. And expanding trade paperback markets contain new and growing costs of their own. It's a Red Queen's Race, everyone trying to run as fast as possible to stay in the same place. And some companies are slipping back, if only temporarily.
And, of course, if any publisher goes into bankruptcy, all these potential payments will be lost forever. Which gives some the impetus not to push the matter. And truth is, there’s every likelihood that people will be paid. That certainly seems to be the plan. No Dreamwave-style bankruptcies being planned here.
There's no simple answer right now. Except, I guess, work for companies you believe are guaranteed to pay. If you have that luxury.”


Escandalo

Sé que estamos en un momento terrible de crisis, y que cierran empresas en todo el mundo.
Pero editoriales americanas como las que menciona Rich Johnson en este articulo son poco profesionales.

Tan reprobable es para mí que un artista de cómic no haga su trabajo a tiempo, como que una editorial no pague a tiempo.

Quiero hacer una lista de editoriales que no paguen, en todo el mundo, a quienes no han pagado, para enviárselo a Rich Johnson y lo publique en su columna.

Si os ponéis en contacto conmigo, os incluiré en esa lista para denunciarlo en Internet.

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