I’m looking for someone to develop and create a daily comic strip for a corporate website targeted at IT managers. Preferably a separate writer and artist (at the client’s request). The comic strip should be humorous in and of itself, and will not be an advertorial for the client’s product — but at the same time, it will serve as a draw to the client’s website. It’s not necessary to have an understanding of the client’s product in order to craft the strip (and, in fact, the last time I went through this process, it seemed that people were paying TOO MUCH attention to what the client’s product was, and too little attention to simply creating a good comic strip for the target audience).
This is the gig that Shaenon Garrity, of Narbonic, was originally set to do. That deal fell apart. Let me be up front about how it fell apart: Shaenon wanted her work to be credited whenever it is used. I know that that’s an important point for her, and I respect it. But the client is not willing to provide any guarantee that the work will always be credited (though he is willing to provide credit on the work for now, without making a guarantee that said credit will always be provided). It’s a sticky and difficult negotiating point that, ultimately, killed this deal. I don’t have a side on the matter: I respect the position of both parties, without feeling the need to go into detail about their positions and why they held them.
However, as a potential new cartoonist going into this, just be aware that if you get the gig, that’s the terms: you’re creating work-for-hire, any characters you create will be owned completely by the client, who may or may not choose to credit you, at his discretion. If those terms aren’t good
enough for you, that’s cool, too — you don’t want the gig.
The pay is $500/month.
We’re especially looking for a writer/artist team, as I mentioned. So, if you’re a writer, send me a half-page pitch for the strip, plus at least one months’ worth of scripts, to be considered. Solo cartoonists are not completely out of the picture, so feel free to pitch as well. Send pitches to joey (at) moderntales.com.