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Coloring for Comics.

 Nothing definite as of yet- but looking for thoughts an opinions.

There's a potential chance I may be hired as a colorist for a webcomic (of which I've seen, read and have an idea for the target audience and such of which I'm comfortable with). The comic itself is being done by the sole creator (writer, artist, etc.) for the time being. No words or negotiations have been exchanged just yet- and I don't know which style of coloring of mine that they're interested in.

They're also in a different country altogether- however they're still gathering their own ideas and information and such before any firm or final contracts or anything.

A) What kind of questions should I prepare of for myself to ask?

B) I haven't the slightest idea of how to price myself per page. What should I keep in mind when coming up with said price?

( If you need examples of my coloring for a better idea, click here >>> blazetbw.deviantart.com/gallery/ )

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Dec. 2nd, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
Hm, well on average, speaking as an inker, starting inkers can ask anywhere between $15 to $30 per page for a straight to print comic. Colorists are usually a little more, but not by much. Letterers can get even less. So for a 30 page project, starting, that's roughly around $450 to $900 for the project.

Again, that's for STARTERS.

People who have been doing this longer will usually ask for much more.

Web comics, however, might be a tad different. It also depends on how quickly you can crank out a page.

Good luck!

Dec. 2nd, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
I get the impression this is your first time doing comic coloring, is that correct?

What to ask:
-- how many pages you're expected to do a week, and how big a "buffer" they want (if any)
-- what, if any, extras they might want you to do
-- how and when you'll be compensated
-- work out a set number of pages to try and reevaluate things. I'd say 8-10. That way if something in the arrangement isn't working for you, you can renegotiate then without effectively holding the story hostage, nor feel forced to keep toiling at something you feel is shorting you

pricing yourself, keep in mind
-- how long it takes you to do a page
-- what the comic artist's willing to pay

I know some folks might throw around pro rates but if you've never colored comic pages before I don't think that's the best rule...
That's why I think the best thing is to color a few pages then re-evaluate.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
You should definitely ask how far in advance you'd receive the page, and charge extra if you get less than the agreed on time to finish a page if the artist misses a deadline.

Also, ask if they ever want to publish the comic or if they want you to colour illustrations for merchandise and what you cut would be. Don't underestimate the importance of getting a percentage of merchandise, if things pick up it could be a considerable amount of money.
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