Submitted by Rebelsun on October 14, 2004 - 06:06
Is it a good idea for webcomickers to hire an agent to represent them?
by Rebelsun - 10/14/2004 - 06:06
by scarfman - 10/14/2004 - 07:29
I don't know of any webcartoonist who has actually gone out and "hired an agent". But many or most of the popular and/or successful ones have someone on board to take care of roughly the same stuff, sometimes just so the cartoonist has any time to cartoon. For instance, everyone on Keenspot in effect has an agent because of the business model it operates on.
Boy this industry is nothing but shades of gray innit?
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by Anonymous - 10/14/2004 - 09:20
Gabe and Tycho just have a friend who's a business student, or maybe he was just business savvy. I don't think there'd be any need for a real agent. Webcomickry isn't really that huge yet(considering the biggest of the big players are still relatively unknown outside of our little world... the medium is still pretty unknown to the general populace as well)
by Rick - 10/14/2004 - 12:12
[quote:c0d8b3d2dd="24 - still lazy/unlogged"]Webcomickry isn't really that huge yet(considering the biggest of the big players are still relatively unknown outside of our little world... the medium is still pretty unknown to the general populace as well)
True, but it can't hurt to have someone to go to for legal / business advice nonetheless. I honestly don't know how agents work, aside from the cliché "and my agent gets 15%" thing... I doubt there's any webcomic out there that needs 24/7 representation, though.
(I seem to recall there was a thread a little while ago where a lawyer's name was being passed around because they had "experience" with webcomics. Can't remember who, unfortunately.)
by Twentyfour - 10/14/2004 - 13:05
True, but it can't hurt to have someone to go to for legal / business advice nonetheless.
Of course.. I just meant that getting a friend would be much easier... you can pay some off with beer or pizza. I'm keeping in touch with an old Business Instructor I had in college. I think that'd be all anyone would need in this field.
by Rick - 10/15/2004 - 05:47
Yeah, it's nice to have friends like that... 'Course, then you have to watch out that you don't pay them in advance, or you could end up with contracts that look like a used Shakey's Pizza placemat. "Dude, you signed that? Man, I was sooo drunk when I read that thing." Hmm, or maybe that's just *my* friends...
by kjc - 10/15/2004 - 18:24
In the regular old writing world, experienced folks recommend getting an agent if you have something to sell. So if you have a manuscript or an outline with sample chapters, get an agent to help you sell it.
If you're just futzing around, you don't need an agent yet.
Kelly J. Cooper
Comixpedia Features Editor
by jandrewworld - 04/03/2005 - 20:34
I understand ROb Balder of PartiallyClips has a Layer who he runs things by. Agents really are more useful if you are persuing a freelance career or looking for a book deal. If it's a book deal you want, your agent must have special book deal aquiring powers (Such as knowing people and keep your work out of th slush pile). As a freelance artist I need an agent. But remeber An agent doesn't get paid until they find you work. So if an agent is asking for money up front....
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