The Daredevil artist ends his run on Daredevil along with his Marvel exclusivity after ten years.
It was revealed at Marvel's Next Big Thing press conference today that Rivera, who has worked at Marvel for his entire professional career, will be ending his exclusive contract to focus on creator-owned work. Rivera elaborated on his blog:
I have decided to leave Daredevil and end my exclusive contract with Marvel after 10 years of work for a company that I can only describe as family. From the moment that Joe Quesada hired me via email, I have gotten nothing but the best treatment from the most dedicated editorial and creative talent in the business.
So why am I leaving? The short answer: ownership. With the exception of just a few published pieces of art (which belong to other companies), Marvel owns the copyrights to my entire professional portfolio. And why shouldn't they? I was, of course, compensated fairly for it, and for that I'm grateful — but the sum total of that work is not enough to support me in the distant future. My page rate is essentially the same as when I started at 21, so I've decided to invest in myself. What I create in the next decade needs to pay dividends when my vision gets blurry and my hands start to shake (and who knows what else). Now is the time to make that choice, while I'm still young, possess "great power," but have few responsibilities.
And yet, I'm not done with Marvel by any means. They've been nothing but supportive throughout my decision, as has been the case throughout my career. I will continue to do covers for them and occasional projects as I see fit, just not exclusively.
Source: The Self-Absorbing Man
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror
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