While most people seem to think that comic book creators who have their work optioned for movies and/or television live opulant lifestyles torn straight from the pages of The Great Gatsby, it seems that the Hollywood money might be flowing as freely as previously thought.
John Layman, writer of Image's acclaimed Chew series, spoke about the money he never received from Showtime after the comic was optioned for a television show.
I think it's going to take nothing short of an act of God to get these mother fuckers at Showtime to pay us the CHEW option money.— Layman (@themightylayman) May 8, 2013
Yeah, we have a contract. Yeah, they owe us. But it's been YEARS at this point. Pretty fucking pissed off about it.— Layman (@themightylayman) May 8, 2013
Other people in the development process got paid by Showtime. Just not the creators. Priorities, I suppose.— Layman (@themightylayman) May 8, 2013
It's not even about the money. I doubt the option covers a week's catering on Homeland. Is the principle of just blowing off the creators.— Layman (@themightylayman) May 8, 2013
Not exactly inspiring words for those thinking that their comic book is going to make them the next Robert Kirkman. It's another sobering reminder of the sorry state of creator rights in the comic industry and abroad. Bad enough that Jack Kirby's family (probably) hasn't seen a dime of the $7 billion dollars in ticket sales his creations have earned at the box office, but now major networks can't even be bothered to satisfy current contracts with living and breathing creators? Fuck it, this industry sucks sometimes.